California’s child support formula is calculated with an actual mathematical equation. It gets complicated, so let us break down all the pieces.
Alcohol Abuse And Divorce Rates
Alcohol abuse is often cited as a cause of divorce, but a recent study draws a direct link to divorce and an elevated risk.
RADIO: She Wants to Move My Kid Out Of State
CALLER: “My Baby mama is trying to move to California for a job and she’s trying to take my kid with her. We have joint custody in our parenting plan. I have custodial rights as well, visitation is ‘meh,’ it’s minimal but I have custody rights, 50/50 custodial rights. So…What do I do?”
Joseph Waters Becomes a Certified Family Law Specialist
We’re proud to announce that Joseph P. Waters has been named a Certified Family Law Specialist in the state of California.
Potential Dangers of Remarriage
Stepparenting and bringing distinct families together never goes as smooth and simple as on The Brady Bunch. Are there potential dangers?
The Trump Effect: Can Politics Cause Divorce?
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?
10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day During Quarantine
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
Finding the Best Attorney For Your Divorce
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?
5 Helpful Tips For Smooth Custody Exchanges
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.
Cinematic Lessons In Fatherhood: Mrs. Doubtfire
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.
Can I Get A Divorce Online?
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.
Zoom Breakups Rise During Quarantine
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.
Finding a Child Custody Lawyer
Finding the best child custody lawyer for your case is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. Here’s how to go about it.
RADIO: Building a Custody Case Against an Abusive Spouse
CALLER: “My wife is bipolar, I think. She’s physically, mentally, and verbally abusive to me all the time in front of my kids, and I’ve had it. What do I have to do to build a case when I do file for divorce that works in my favor? When the police come, it’s always this, ‘Little old me, I didn’t do anything,’ and they buy it.”
10 Fun Things To Do With The Kids In Quarantine
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 …
Social Security And Divorce
Divorce impacts almost every facet of your life, and that includes Social Security. Here’s what you need to know about the changes you face.
RADIO: Is Visitation Allowed If You Have Warrants?
CALLER: “I’m a grandparent, and the child is in foster care, the parents are trying to get the child back. The father has a lot of warrants, but he still continues to see the child under supervised visits. Is that legal?”
RADIO: Statute Of Limitations on College Education
CALLER: “Per the decree, my ex and I share college expenses for our children. So my question is, considering one of them is about to turn 22 and hasn’t even thought about college, how long does my obligation last?”
Bitcoin And Divorce
If you pay attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed bitcoin. It’s also become a point of contention during divorce. Here’s what you need to know.
RADIO: Can I Change a Child’s Last Name After Divorce?
CALLER: “I was recently divorced and currently have full custody of my son. He’s three-years-old and I’d like to legally change his last name from my ex-husband’s to my name. Am I able to do this? And if so is it fairly easy? And most importantly, does his father have a say because I know he would totally hate the idea?”
RADIO: The Parenting Plan Is A Custody Rulebook
CALLER: “I have a daughter who’s five now and her mother and I were never married. I keep hearing people talk about parenting plans, so how do I get one? So far she and I have just kind of winged it. It’s been fine, but recently she’s becoming more and more flaky.”
Sesame Street Talks About Divorce
The conversation around divorce can be challenging because younger children don’t have the emotional vocabulary to express their feelings.
Dealing With Divorce and Depression
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.
RADIO: How Can I Protect Myself And Kids During Divorce?
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 …
4 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Kids
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.
6 Divorce Trends
Views on marriage and divorce reflect the surrounding society, which is in constant flux. With differing social mores come various divorce trends.
RADIO: She Won’t Give Me My Stuff Back
CALLER: “Here’s the situation. I am divorced, it’s been over a year, I still have belongings in the home and I can’t get them out. What are my options? She won’t return a phone call or anything.”
RADIO: Can I Get Full Custody as A Stay-at-Home Dad?
CALLER: “I’ve been married 19 years. Been with my wife for 21 years. I’ve been the stay at home dad and she makes all the money. What am I going to get out of this and how will it work?”
RADIO: Potential Spousal Support Reform: A Q & A
RADIO: The courts usually award spousal support where there’s a large discrepancy between incomes or earning potential. The idea is for payments to be temporary. For marriages shorter than ten years, spousal support usually lasts roughly half the length of the marriage. It’s when a marriage lasts longer than ten years that things often go sideways.
How Much Does Divorce Impact Children?
The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents considering divorce. Here we explore “how does divorce impact children?”
RADIO: Are Pets Considered Assets In Divorce?
TEXT-IN QUESTION: “Married three years. They have a dog that they both love and basically it’s their child, or they think it’s their child, and they’re wondering how that’s treated in divorce. Is it treated like an asset or more like custody of children would be?”
Avoiding Foreclosure If Your Ex Won’t Sell Your Home
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?
If I Leave the House, Do I Lose My Equity?
This is a complicated situation that encompasses domestic violence, home equity, and what to do if you can’t go to the authorities.
10 Hilarious Dad Tweets
You gotta love dads. Always ready to lend a hand or chip in with a classic dad joke that makes everyone around them groan.
Child Custody Disputes
“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.”
Secrets of a Successful Second Marriage
All the issues, problems, and hiccups we had the first time, we know to avoid them the second time around, don’t we?
RADIO: Does Ex Have Access To Future Disability Money?
When it comes to divorce, dividing up assets forms a big piece of the puzzle. This includes, potentially, Social Security disability payments.
RADIO: Do I Have Recourse For A Mistake On a Divorce Decree?
CALLER: “My divorce was finalized in 2010 and in the division of assets it was actually pretty amicable. However, there was not language in the decree for her to refinance at all or within a time period. I did file a quick claim deed, but I’m still on the mortgage.”
Divorce Capital Of California
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.
RADIO: Child Support After 18 & Post-Secondary Education
CALLER: “My son is 18. He was held back in school by his mother. We’re not married. I’ve been paying child support for 18 years. He lives on the property, but not in the main house because he couldn’t tolerate his mother. Am I still on the hook for child support and secondary education?”
Tips To Fill Out An NCAA Tournament Bracket
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 …
RADIO: We Got Divorced, Why Am I Still On The Hook For The Home Loan?
CALLER: “I got divorced back in 2011. My ex-husband and I owned a home together, which we still do. He was willing to release his interest to me so we did a quick claim deed. But apparently, all that did was release my interest, but not my responsibility on the loan.”
RADIO: How Are Pensions Divided During Divorce?
CALLER: “I was just wondering how a pension works? If one person has a pension, and the other doesn’t, do they get some of that or not until they start receiving it?”
Radio: Back Child Support If The Child Isn’t Yours?
I’m paying back-child support on a child that isn’t biologically mine. How am I still on the hook for this money?
RADIO: Can I Get Custody of My Grandchild if Her Parents Won’t Parent?
CALLER: “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?”
RADIO: She owes me $5,000 so I send her less in support. Will I get in trouble?
CALLER: “I got divorced in Oregon in 2017. Everything was fine, alimony was set on a sliding scale for ten years. But she owes me $5,000 in legal fees. I pay $100 per month less until the $5,000 is paid for. Will I get in trouble?”
“During Legal Separation, Are You Responsible For Your Spouse’s Debt?”
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 …
RADIO: I’m Worried She’s Done This Before
CALLER: “I’m not married to my former girlfriend, but we mutually own a house together. And I purchased another [property] while we were together. She’s baited me into arguments, recorded them and got a protection order. She owns houses in other states, and I’m terrified she’s done this to people before. It was very contrived and instigated.”
RADIO: Can An Ex Take a House I Inherited?
CALLER: “My sister and her husband are getting a divorce. They live in a house that was willed [to her] by our parents when they passed away. They were married at the time and lived in the house for 20 years.
He’s been trying to bully her into giving him the house, saying that he’s the breadwinner and he’s entitled to it. More than half. She works as well, but is she entitled to any more than half, being that the house was willed to her?”
RADIO: I Pay Support But She Denies Visitation. Is That Legal?
CALLER: “So I’ve had some monogamous relationships and I have some custody issues with where I’m paying child support and the mothers are refusing to let me have contact or visitation with the children. I was wondering if that’s legal?”
RADIO: Going to Trial Without an Attorney
CALLER: “My son has temporary custody of my two-year-old granddaughter. We’ve been trying to get permanent custody, and it’s been going through the courts little by little. It’s taken us two years, but now finally in December, we have a trial date. We’re doing this without an attorney and have been blinded at times at what to do. We’re not quite sure what to expect at the trial and I was hoping that Rick could give me some guidance?”
RADIO: Arbitration Or Court: Which Is Better for Me?
CALLER: “I’m going through a divorce. My ex recently got a lawyer and wants to do arbitration. What are the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration over going to court?”
RADIO: How do Felony Convictions Impact Custody?
TEXT-IN QUESTION “Does being convicted of a felony automatically prevent you from getting custody or visitation of your child?”
RADIO: Divorce When You Can’t Find Your Spouse
Caller: “I have an estranged husband who’s an addict. He decided to go use instead. He’s living in a different county and I don’t know where he is. What’s the best way to go about filing for divorce? What do I need to do?”
RADIO: If we never married, what happens to the house?
CALLER: “I’ve been together with someone for 25 years. We were never married. We do own a house together and we are possibly breaking up, and I would like to have the house liquidated, but I have a feeling he’s going to get really nasty. I’m just wondering what my actions need to be either prior to this happening or what the outcome might be?”
RADIO: This Right Here Is Why You Need A Parenting Plan
CALLER: “I recently broke up with my girlfriend of three years. We had a kid together, and I’ve been paying her child support and keeping track with money orders. So basically my question is, where do I stand now for support for the child legally? I’m not getting visitation with the child because she’s upset with me.”
RADIO: I was given an engagement ring, can they take it back?
CALLER: “So my fiancé and I were given a ring from a family friend. The ring is in her name from her husband and then he passed away, so she gave it to us as an engagement gift. She got into an argument with my soon-to-be mother-in-law and it just turned nasty. She requested we give the ring back. Do we have to give her the ring back or can we keep it?”
RADIO: I Work, She Doesn’t: Do I Have to Pay Her Legal Fees?
CALLER: So my wife is filing for divorce and we’ve got a couple kids and some properties. I work, she doesn’t. I haven’t engaged a lawyer yet, but her lawyer is telling her that I’m going to have to pay all the legal fees. I’m curious what your thoughts on that are. Am I going to have to pay both mine and her legal fees?
RADIO: The Awkward Conversation of Prenups and Postnups
Prenuptial agreements are often the prudent move before marriage. So, how do you ask for one? It’s often an uncomfortable conversation.
RADIO: Do I Still Have To Pay Child Support If My Kid Leaves Home?
CALLER: “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?”
RADIO: How Does Child Custody Work When There’s No Marriage Certificate?
Ending a marriage is tricky business. But how can you divorce if there was never any marriage certificate filed in the first place?
RADIO: Is Alimony a Possibility After 19 Years of Separation?
“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?”
RADIO: My Ex Refuses To Pay Her Share
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?
RADIO: My Ex Was Ordered to Sell Our House But Hasn’t, What Can I Do?
EMAIL QUESTION: “My divorce decree states that my ex-wife is required to list and sell the home we owned together but she continues to live in the house and shows no signs of intent to sell or of moving. What can I do to force the issue, or what can I get the courts to do? Do I need to file something with the courts? What do I need to do to prove she’s not abiding by this judgment?”
RADIO: We Never Married, Do I Still Have Parental Rights?
Child custody disputes are common during divorce. But what about when there was no marriage?Who gets the kids? Do you even have any parental rights?
RADIO: We Have No Kids & No Property: Do We Need A Divorce?
Founder parter Rick Jones answers the question, “I got a wife, no kids, no property, do I need to get a divorce or can we just live separately?”
RADIO: If I Don’t Have a Will Can My Ex Get Everything?
“I just heard that if I die tomorrow, my ex can sue my estate for everything in the name of supporting my child. Is this true?”
RADIO: Child Endangerment: What Can I Do?
The most vulnerable members of society, it’s tragic when parents don’t care for children. If you encounter a case of child endangerment, what can you do?
RADIO: I Lost My Job, Can I Get Child Support Payments Decreased?
Child support payments are important, but expensive. What happens if you lose your job and your ability to pay? Can you get them decreased?
RADIO: Do I Need a Parenting Plan If We Weren’t Married?
After parents split, a parenting plan lays out the custody arrangement. But what if the couple never actually married? Do you still need one?
RADIO: How Long Do I Have To Pay Past Due Child Support?
How long do I have to pay child support is a question we get all the time. The answer often depends on the specifics of a particular case.
RADIO: My Wife Gave Away Guardianship Without My Knowledge
Child custody cases are often heated and complex, but can your spouse give away guardianship of your child without your consent?
Custody From the Grandparent’s Perspective
What happens when two divorced parents refuse to abide by a parenting plan? Can grandparents step in and help right the ship?
RADIO: My Ex Wife Convinced The Court I Can’t Be Found.
Divorce gets complicated in the best of times even when spouses have open lines of communication. But what happens when one spouse goes MIA?
RADIO: When I Want a Divorce But She Refuses To Talk To Me
Divorce is difficult and complicated in the best of times. It requires back and forth communication. But what if your spouse refuses to talk to you?
Ten Great Sci-Fi And Fantasy Dads
With San Diego Comic-Con happening this week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to count down our ten favorite sci-fi and fantasy fathers!
Spying, Destruction of Property, and Restraining Orders: An Epic Divorce Saga
Your divorce may be crazy and contentious, but be glad you’re not stuck in the middle of this firestorm. It could be so, so much worse.
10 Baseball Movies For Dad This Father’s Day
Father’s Day is almost here. It’s also the thick of baseball season. One of our favorite celebrations is watching baseball movies with the old man.
Dana Carvey on the Divorce Rate [Divorce Meme]
The over-50 set is the fastest growing divorce demographic, which means it’s ripe for skewering from one of our favorite comedians: Dana Carvey.
Goldberg Jones Bracket Challenge
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: March Madness! Join us for our NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge. The winner walks away with a fabulous prize!
Can Science Predict Divorce?
Is it possible for science to predict divorce? Probably not, but certain factors have been shown to indicate some marriages are less likely to succeed.
Back To School Already? 5 End-Of-Summer Family Adventures
Summer vacation is quickly drawing to a close, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of time for more family adventures before the kids go back to school.
Crowdfunding Divorce? Yes.
Websites like Funded Justice have options for divorce and family law matters. Others, like GoFundMe do permit you to use their services for that purpose.
Conflict: Communication After Divorce
For men recently divorced or in the process of divorcing, effective communication is essential for recovering from your divorce.
10 Great Movie Dads
One of our favorite ways to mark Father’s Day is to watch movies with the old man. Here are some great movie dads to watch with your father.
Summer Break and Divorce
Summer break is almost here, and that often creates all kinds of headaches and logistical problems for parents, and it’s even harder in cases of divorce.
Divorce And Graduation
As the school year wraps up, graduation is on many minds. Though when parents divorce, graduation can be a minefield. Here’s how to make it through.
What Is Parental Alienation?
What’s parental alienation and how does it impact high-conflict divorce? Here’s what you need to know when it comes to these situations.
Can You Terminate Your Parental Rights?
The decision to terminate parental rights isn’t an easy one, but in some situations it may be the right move for everyone involved.
Bizarre Divorce Facts
The world is full of interesting, useful, and downright bizarre divorce facts. For example, did you know you can divorce via text message in Malaysia?
Child Custody: Relocation After Divorce
Divorce can be a traumatic event. Ending a marriage may throw your entire world into upheaval. After surviving this experience, many people simply want to get away and a relocation is an option. Some move to a new place to escape negative memories; to be near family, friends, or another …
Movies for Father’s Day
A holiday designed to celebrate dads and everything they do for us, Father’s Day is almost here. It’s an opportunity to remind our dads how grateful we are for everything they do, to commemorate parental bonds, and applaud their influence on our lives. You can celebrate fathers and fatherhood in …
Back to School Tips
School is back in session and kids are quickly getting into the swing of homework and extracurricular activities. The start of school presents a great opportunity for being more involved in your child’s daily activities and for building strong relationships with their teachers, coaches, and other people that will be …
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