Being in a relationship with a person with an NPD is difficult. And if want to divorce a narcissist, you may be in for a turbulent ride.
With the COVID-19 quarantine in full force, kids and parents are now being asked to stay home. If you’re like us you may be asking yourself what am I supposed to do all day? Being at home doesn’t have to be boring. There’s so much fun that can be had …
In the last few weeks there have already been significant changes that affect the Divorce and Family Law process. With temporary court closures, it means our efforts now focus on alternative methods of dispute resolution such as Mediation, or binding Arbitration.
Contemplating divorce leaves many people overwhelmed, but there are many factors to consider when deciding if you should get divorced.
Custody tends to get complicated. Especially if one party isn’t a child’s biological parent. And the deck is stacked against third-party custody cases.
Divorce can be a confusing time. It’s full of uncertainty and ambiguity. You probably have a ton of questions.
Divorce does a number on your finances. You may wind up on dubious economic footing. But don’t worry, there are ways to rebuild your finances post divorce.
The fact that you were married and you purchased this home while married, it doesn’t matter that your name isn’t on the loan. The question comes down to, was there a significant down payment? And if so, did that come from community property or separate property?
For many, video games offer a way to kill time and decompress from the pressures of the day. But what happens to a marriage when escape becomes addiction?
Legal problems have a way of following a person around, but how do they impact child custody arrangements and visitation?
Post-secondary education is one instance where child support continues past 18, but how long does that obligation last? Is there a cut-off?
Military service complicates many relationships. It also complicates the divorce process. One area that often gets twisted is military pensions.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in California for a year and a half, how does this newfound status impact child custody disputes?
Divorce, child custody, and child support battles can boil over into heated, contentious affairs, but military service often complicates matters further.
After a divorce, can you change your child’s last name? Even if you have full custody and decision-making powers?
Summary dissolution presents a solution in the case of short marriages with few complications where the spouses are on the same page.
After a divorce, many parents are able to work together to co-parent their kids. But even then problems arise, which make parenting plans so vital.
Splitting up a house in divorce can get tricky in the best of times, but what if one party depends on the shared home for a big part of their income?
The conversation around divorce can be challenging because younger children don’t have the emotional vocabulary to express their feelings.
For single parents, it can be frustrating when your teenager wants to live with the non-custodial parent. Accurate advice for parents is critical.
Depression is a serious issue for many following divorce, but how you cope and move forward has a major impact on your present and your future.
The length of a marriage has a lot to do with how a divorce plays out. Part of this is practical. In shorter marriages, there’s usually not as much shared property. On the other hand, the longer the marriage, the more intertwined two lives become. Thus it becomes more difficult …
For men that are going through a divorce, it’s never too early to get holiday help and make a plan for the coming festivities.
Divorce and children—an involved and engaged parent is one of the most important elements for raising happy and well-adjusted children.
Views on marriage and divorce reflect the surrounding society, which is in constant flux. As a result, approaches to marriage and divorce constantly evolve.
If you marry a person, divorce them, marry that person again, and divorce them a second time, can you reuse the same divorce decree?
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a great time to watch horror movies. And because many of us have kids, here are some family-friendly choices.
It’s been over a year since we divorced, and I still have belongings in the home and I can’t get them out. What are my options?
As written, divorce and custody laws are gender neutral. Still, can a stay at home dad get full custody of his kids? What are his chances?
Though designed to be temporary, spousal support often lasts indefinitely. If one Huntington Beach man has his way, that’s about to change.
A Guardian ad Litem is an adult appointed by the court to represent the best interest of an individual (usually children) for a specific period of time.
Tangible assets like the house, cars, and savings accounts don’t come as a surprise, it can be a shock when assets like a professional degree is included.
There are many divorce lessons to be learned from football– a strong defense is sometimes a great offense and having the right team is essential.
The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents considering divorce. Here we explore “how does divorce impact children?”
Pets are treated as an asset in divorce. You may both love the pet equally, but you need to deal with that on your own as the court views it as a ‘thing’.
What are the steps to getting a divorce in California? We take a look at the forms to fill out and the process of filing them.
There are bound to be clashes as the custodial parent enforces the rules while the other gets to be the “fun parent.”
Sometimes divorce comes out of nowhere. Especially if you live apart. We hear the question often: How can I find out if my wife filed for divorce?
Is there an age in California where a child can legally choose to opt-out of visitation and go against the schedule laid out in a parenting plan?
When an ex refuses to sell a home, a number of issues large. But what can you do? How can you protect yourself against foreclosure in divorce?
An obstinate ex can cause a plethora of challenges during the divorce process, but what happens if she is refusing to sign?
Given our profession, it’s a safe bet that when it comes to the pages of comic books, some of our favorite characters are lawyers. Here are our favorites.
The short answer is that there’s a lot to deal with when dissolving a marriage. As usual, the full answer is much longer.
What happens if your wife shows up pregnant with someone else’s child during your divorce? Are you on the hook for child support?
This is a complicated situation that encompasses domestic violence, home equity, and what to do if you can’t go to the authorities.
You gotta love dads. Always ready to lend a hand or chip in with a classic dad joke that makes everyone around them groan.
Did you know June is Men’s Health Month? Here are some ways to get in the spirit, celebrate, improve your health, and prevent issues down the road!
We were asked this question from a San Diego husband recently: “Am I responsible for my wife’s unscrupulous spending and credit card and loan debts that are in her name?” Unfortunately, yes, you may be.
Do-it-Yourself divorce has never been more accessible than it is now. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.
California law provides guidelines for courts to use in determining and setting child support payment amounts.
A “divorce decree” simply refers to the court’s final ruling and judgment order that makes the termination of a marriage official.
Step 1: File petition. 2: Serve spouse. 3: Respond to summons. 4: Discovery. 5: Temporary orders. 6: Settlement /negotiation. 7: Sign and file final papers.
“My sister left her husband and she does not want him to see the kids because he is involved with the law right now and he is unstable.”
All the issues, problems, and hiccups we had the first time, we know to avoid them the second time around, don’t we?
Physical Custody vs. Legal Custody. These two terms are not transposable; rather they describe two different aspects of child custody.
When it comes to divorce, dividing up assets forms a big piece of the puzzle. This includes, potentially, Social Security disability payments.
Divorce decrees are complicated legal documents and like most court orders, they’re hard to change. But what if there’s a mistake? Can you fix it?
There are two options to end a marriage. Divorce or annulment. Divorce is by far the more common choice because qualifying for an annulment is not easy.
Everyone knows the capital of California is Sacramento, but that’s not the only one. Now we know which city is the divorce capital of the Golden State.
How long do I have to pay child support? It’s a question we hear often. As is so often the case in family law matters, there’s a quick answer and a more in-depth conversation. And what about post-secondary education? How do you plan for that following divorce? One of our …
Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket and entering half a dozen pools is practically an American tradition. But filling out a bracket is also a daunting task. Some fans religiously pore over every word Joe Lunardi utters, track quadrant one wins, and keep tabs on conference tournament play. And after …
For most of us, buying a house is the biggest purchase we ever make. So when it comes to divorce, it’s no surprise it’s often one of the primary assets to divide. But how does divorce impact things like home loans? If you end your marriage, are you still on …
Is it a gift or inheritance? Does it matter? That’s a question we hear often during divorce proceedings. The answer may impact how the courts view certain assets and thus how they are divided. It’s easy to see why this is important information to have. Rick Jones, one of our …
Pensions are less and less common these days as fewer companies offer them to employees, but they do still show up during divorce. The attached question usually runs along the lines of, “I worked my whole life, can my ex really take part of my pension in the divorce?” The …
I’m paying back-child support on a child that isn’t biologically mine. How am I still on the hook for this money?
In general, it’s a good idea to have representation during divorce. That said, it’s also important to trust your divorce attorney. But what happens if you don’t? What can you do if you disagree with your lawyer? Rick Jones, one of our founding partners, regularly appears on the Danny Bonaduce …
It’s the middle of February and you’ve probably noticed store displays full of various sized hearts, pink everything, and chocolate as far as the eye can see. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is almost here again. A romantic holiday can be lonely for the newly divorced, but there are still ways …
When it comes to child custody decisions, the courts generally put the best interests of the child above other concerns. Part of this most often involves keeping the parents a major part of their lives. But what about situations where the parents can’t or won’t “parent?” Can grandparents step in …
“I’ve been paying $1,200 in alimony. I decided to pay $1,100, and take $100 a month out until the $5,000 is paid for. Am I going to get in any kind of trouble for doing that?”
Marriage means intertwining two lives. When a marriage ends, divorce is the process of untangling them. Part of that means dividing up any shared assets you amass together. Another unfortunate part is splitting up any shared debt. That can be a big financial blow. But what happens if you live …
“I’ve been married for over 40 years, what’s the best way to go about divorce? I don’t want to mistreat my wife, but I don’t want to get screwed either.”
The massive tax plan that Congress passed in 2018 is going to have a wide-reaching impact, including on divorce and spousal support.
Buying a house is the biggest purchase most people will ever make. But what happens when a couple buys a home and breaks up? Find out here.
It’s no shock that college is expensive. But what if you and your ex agree to split a child’s tuition, only for your ex to back out?
There are two ways that assets and debts are divided in the US. Forty-one states use equitable distribution and the rest use community property. California practices community property.
Divorces, splits, and breakups are never easy. When you combine two lives to that degree, untangling them at the end often becomes a mess.
California is a community property state, but cases of inheritance impact this. In a divorce, is inheritance considered community property?
Can your ex deny you visitation with your child? Is that legal? Here are your options and reasons why a parenting plan is such a vital necessity.
Should you hire an attorney before you head to court? You probably should. Here’s why it’s usually a massive benefit to your case.
When you think of divorce, you probably picture court. But that’s not the only way to end a marriage. Arbitration is another option, but is it best for you?
Courts consider many factors when ruling on child custody, including criminal records. It’s important to know how a felony conviction may impact your case.
“I haven’t seen my daughter in three years. Her mother has given her to her sister in Arizona and they will not let me talk to her or let me see her.”
You probably know how complicated divorce can become. But what if you can’t find your spouse? What recourse do you have in divorce if your spouse is MIA?
A couple can buy a house together without being married, but what does that mean if they break up? What are you entitled to and what are your rights?
If you don’t have a parenting plan in place, where do you stand legally? Both in regards to your obligations and your rights as a parent?
Engagement rings carry great importance, but who actually owns them? And what about if the marriage doesn’t happen as planned?
I am so over my husband right now. The next time he’s on the road for work, can I move out all his stuff and change the locks?
“So my wife is filing for divorce, I work, she doesn’t. Her lawyer is telling her that I have to pay all the legal fees. Is that true?”
You have a great deal to consider when ending a marriage, and not to pile on, but there are a handful of scary divorce facts to be aware of.
Fathers have certain parental rights, but only if paternity has been established. What if they’re not on the birth certificate? What happens then?
Prenups can help protect you and your assets in a marriage, but what happens if one spouse changes their mind after the fact?
“Is there a statute of limitation on child support or college support? My son is 24 and graduating this year and my ex hasn’t paid a dime in over a decade.”
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to prenups and postnups, Rick jones and Danny Bonaduce helps take the mystery of how they work.
Prenuptial agreements are often the prudent move before marriage. So, how do you ask for one? It’s often an uncomfortable conversation.
“I pay child support and recently got remarried. Can my ex come after me for more child support, including my new spouse’s income?”
“I have a 17-year-old stepdaughter who went into a three-year Job Corps program, yet we’re still being told we have to pay child support. Is that true?”
Ending a marriage is tricky business. But how can you divorce if there was never any marriage certificate filed in the first place?
“When they were deciding his child support, my ex got a reduction because he was taking on the debt of the marriage. Then he declared bankruptcy.”
“My boyfriend and I have been together for 19 years and we are both still married to our spouses. We want to divorce but his ex wants alimony. Can she?”
She’s supposed to pay her share for the kids, but she doesn’t contribute anything. What can I do to make her pay her legally obligated share?