All the issues, problems, and hiccups we had the first time, we know to avoid them the second time around, don’t we?
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.”
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.
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.
This is one of the most common questions we hear. Often people are frustrated when we answer, “That depends”, but it does. Unfortunately, divorce can be a complex issue with a plethora of factors that will drastically affect the cost—making it difficult to estimate the final expense. Average Cost of …
Child custody gets messy in the best of times, but the more people are involved, the muddier the waters. What should you know about third-party custody?
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?
What can you do if your ex doesn’t cooperate with the court-ordered divorce decree? The good news is that you have options.
“I’ve been told several times that whoever files first in a divorce has the upper hand, the distinct advantage, is that true?”
Huffington Post ran a great article this week about the divorce laws in Florida. The short of it: be glad that you’re not getting a divorce in Florida.
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?
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?”
“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?”
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?
Child support payments are important, but expensive. What happens if you lose your job and your ability to pay? Can you get them decreased?
Going up against a divorce attorney without your own representation puts you at a serious disadvantage. Our founder explains why.
Retirement benefits like pensions often play a huge part in divorce settlements. But how long do you have to stay married until they kick in?
After parents split, a parenting plan lays out the custody arrangement. But what if the couple never actually married? Do you still need one?
What’s the difference between separate and community property? How do you determine who is entitled to when it comes to divorce?
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.
Leaving the marital home without having a strategy in place, can create a significant disadvantage throughout the rest of the divorce process.
Child custody cases are often heated and complex, but can your spouse give away guardianship of your child without your consent?
What happens when two divorced parents refuse to abide by a parenting plan? Can grandparents step in and help right the ship?
Divorce gets complicated in the best of times even when spouses have open lines of communication. But what happens when one spouse goes MIA?
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
The common refrain goes: “mothers always get custody after divorce.” We’ve all heard that or something similar. But has that always been the case?
Divorce doesn’t mean we stop caring for our kids. It certainly doesn’t mean we stop providing for their care. This most often takes the form of child support.
No one likes to sit in traffic, but can a long commute actually contribute to divorce? One new study looks to answer this question.
If your divorce settlement requires spousal support, making payments while knowing your ex is living with someone else may be a bitter pill to swallow.
Do I need to hire a lawyer? That’s a question no one really ever wants to ask themselves. But how you answer is hugely important.
Every divorce has a lot at stake, but high asset divorce presents its own unique problems. Here are some costly common mistakes people make.
Pet custody is evolving and catching up, however. A few states have passed legislation to distinguish pets from other assets and to protect their rights.
Bankruptcy impacts every facet of your life. Your marriage feels the brunt, and so does the process of ending it. Does bankruptcy change divorce?
Divorce gets complicated. But just how twisted? One celebrity split may illustrate how tangled things can get, even in the best of circumstances.
We all know smoking cigarettes comes with certain health risks, but does it also carry risks to your marriage? The answer might surprise you.
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!
How does birdnesting work? Instead of the children bouncing back and forth between mom/dad, they stay put and the parents trade places.
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.
It’s long been assumed mothers have an advantage in child custody cases, but is one parent more important to childhood development than the other?
We’re not holding our breath for a White Christmas this year, but there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in San Diego!
Roughly half of marriages end in divorce, and because of that, an increasing number of marriages have become remarriages.
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.
Mudslinging is common in ending a marriage, but unfounded abuse allegations all too often have a negative impact on divorce cases.
What rights to grandparents have when it comes to child custody and visitation? It’s a complicated situation with much to consider.
You may think of fantasy football as a way to make Sundays more interesting or as a tool to gain bragging rights, but it can also help out divorced dads.
There’s rarely one single cause that ends a marriage, but jobs are often a biggie. But what jobs have the highest divorce rate?
Sadly, it’s time to go back to school. This can be tough for both kids and parents, especially divorced dads. Here are some tips to help smooth things out.
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.
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.
Focusing on family law, it makes sense many of our favorite comic book characters are fathers. But who are the best comic book dads? Check out our list.
Child custody cases have a massive impact on your life and the lives of your children, so how you prepare is a matter of great importance.
Having children is the most rewarding thing many of us experience. It’s life-changing, but it’s also important to know your rights as a soon-to-be father.
Meeting with a divorce lawyer for the first time can be intimidating and overwhelming, but here are some ways to prepare for your initial consultation.
For men recently divorced or in the process of divorcing, effective communication is essential for recovering from your divorce.
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 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.
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.