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There are bound to be hurt feelings and leftover traces of hostility and resentment following a divorce. After all, if things were all sunshine and puppy dogs, the marriage probably wouldn’t be over. In many cases, exes never want to see one another again. And in some situations, that works …

Potential Dangers of Remarriage

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In a landscape where divorce and remarriage are regular occurrences, blended families have become increasingly commonplace. Stepparenting and bringing distinct families together never goes as smooth and simple as on The Brady Bunch. Even in the best of times. But what about the potential dangers, like when members of one …

Child Custody and the Military

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Getting a divorce is a tough task anytime, how can you contend with this if you’re halfway around the globe serving in the military? Does Military Deployment Affect Custody? One of the toughest things about military service is being away from loved ones for months at a time. Being deployed …

Child Custody: Relocation After Divorce

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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 …

Common Child Support Mistakes

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Child support serves an important role in providing your child the necessary financial resources to sustain their well being—but calculating the accurate amount of support that is necessary isn’t infallible. Changing circumstances, income fluctuations, and the child’s needs all factor into how support should be computed. Being aware of common …

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Co-Parenting After Divorce

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Signing the divorce decree can feel like you have reached the finish line. The negotiating and bargaining is complete, assets and debts have been divided, and the logistics of the separation have been worked out. Finalizing the divorce provides closure, but for divorcing parents it is also the official matriculation …

Step-Parenting and Blended Families

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Navigating stepfamilies can be challenging for everyone involved. Whether they are your children from a previous relationship, or they are your significant other’s, blending into a cohesive unit is no easy task. While the road to successful step-parenting can be difficult, the reward of forging strong and lasting relationships is …

Legislation: More Than 2 Parents?

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The California legislature is blazing a trail in custody. On October 4, 2013 State Senate Bill No. 274 was signed into law and established provisions for recognizing more than 2 parents.  Until the passing of Bill 274, parentage was established using guidelines from the Uniform Parentage Act. Those guidelines limited …

How Do I Win Custody?

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“How do I win custody?” is often the first question that we are asked by fathers in an initial consultation. This isn’t surprising; child custody can be a complicated topic rife with stress and frustration. Understanding the information the court uses to make a decision on custody can ensure that …

Does Divorce Impact Children?

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Divorce is inherently contentious with both parties having different objectives.  However, there is one topic in divorce where even the most disagreeable couples find common ground: the impact of divorce on children. How does divorce impact children? The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents …

My Ex Uses Medical Marijuana

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This week San Diego child custody lawyer, Zephyr Hill, answers a question about medical marijuana, modifying child custody, and divorce law in California. The father’s question details how his ex-wife is using medical marijuana and asks if it is possible to change the custody agreement. The father asks: “My ex-wife …