Divorce can be a highly emotional time, one full of pressure and tension, and being prepared helps make sure nothing gets lost along the way.
Everyone is on Zoom right now. It’s a useful tool for staying connected right now, but there’s also been a rise in Zoom-based breakups during quarantine.
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.
The paparazzi probably doesn’t hound you and follow your every move, but that doesn’t mean privacy during divorce is important to you.
We’re proud to announce that Joseph P. Waters has been named a Certified Family Law Specialist in the state of California.
Stepparenting and bringing distinct families together never goes as smooth and simple as on The Brady Bunch. Are there potential dangers?
In contested divorces, discovery may prove incredibly valuable. Discovery compels each side to reveal what evidence and info they have.
Whether or not to file for divorce is a big question, but another is whether or not you should file for divorce first, before your spouse.
While the prospect of divorce hearings may be intimidating, it definitely helps to go in with an idea of what to expect out of court.
The date of separation has a huge impact on divorce, but a significant change to California law is about to alter the landscape.
The old maxim goes: don’t talk about religion or politics. But what if it can’t be avoided? How often does politics cause divorce?
What we do outside of the office can have a big impact on our work. Even though we try not to, we often bring the weight of our home lives with us to the day job. It seems like weekly we hear about a person getting canned for using poor …
Should you hire an attorney if a spouse has one? The short answer is yes, if your spouse hires a divorce lawyer, you should also hire one.
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.
Paternity is a big issue in custody cases. Unless proven otherwise, when a child is born during a marriage, the husband is assumed to be the father.
What is a restraining order? A restraining order is a legal restriction that prevents or requires a party to refrain from performing certain actions.
COVID-19 quarantine has changed a lot, including celebrations. But just because it looks different this year, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Father’s Day
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!
While any number of factors go into pursuing a divorce, there’s much more to deal with when it comes to who has jurisdiction.
Every case is different and the unique facts of your case will impact the outcome. So how do you find the best San Diego divorce attorney is for you?
After a divorce, you may never want to see your ex again, but if you have kids, meeting during custody exchanges is likely going to happen.
While we don’t endorse dressing up as a fake nanny to spend time with your kids after divorce, Mrs. Doubtfire can teach us a few things about being a dad.
Divorce is tricky business in the best circumstances, but what if you can’t locate your spouse? How do you divorce someone you can’t find?
Divorce Online In California? While some states do allow you to file for divorce online, the short answer, at least as far as California goes, is no.
Emotions are high and tempers can flare, but that’s no reason to lose control. Here are some tips to help avoid or lessen conflict after your divorce.
Changing circumstances, income fluctuations, and the child’s needs all factor into support payments. Be aware of common child support mistakes.
Mediation is a tool many divorce couples use when ending their marriage. It’s not right in every case, but it may help you come to a beneficial agreement.
You may need a new place to live after ending your marriage, but it may not be the right time to buy a house during a divorce.
Domestic abuse is an unfortunate reality for many people. All too often kids get caught in the crossfire. But one question that so often comes up is how do I build a custody case against an abusive spouse?
Being an everyday dad can be as simple as these three things. Spend time with your kids, always be accessible, and relax, your kids can sense your stress.
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.
During a divorce you lose assets you likely need to replace. Rebuilding your finances post-divorce should be a huge priority.
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.
California’s child support formula is calculated with an actual mathematical equation. It gets complicated, so let us break down all the pieces.
Divorce impacts your kids in a big way and it’s vital to take steps to improve your relationship with your children during and after divorce.
Views on marriage and divorce reflect the surrounding society, which is in constant flux. With differing social mores come various divorce trends.
If you marry a person, divorce them, marry that person again, and divorce them a second time, can you reuse the same divorce decree?
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.
Two kinds of spousal support exist in the Golden State. Depending on the circumstances, the court may award temporary or permanent support.
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?
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.
The most important thing to remember about debt and divorce is that neither credit card companies or lenders ARE NOT bound by divorce agreements. The court doesn’t focus on who accrued the debt. Who’s Responsible For What Debt During Divorce? The court doesn’t focus on the name on the card …
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 retirement 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 newly divorced dads, but there are still ways …
“I’m the grandparent of a 14-year-old, and mom and dad are not really capable right now to take care of her, how do I file for third party custody?”
“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 …
“Been married 40 years, what’s the best way to divorce? I don’t want to mistreat my wife, but I don’t want to get screwed on spousal support either.”