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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
California’s child support formula is calculated with an actual mathematical equation. It gets complicated, so let us break down all the pieces.
Do-it-Yourself divorce has never been more accessible than it is now. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.
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.
Physical Custody vs. Legal Custody. These two terms are not transposable; rather they describe two different aspects of child custody.
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?
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 …
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.
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?
“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?
“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.
“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?”
After parents split, a parenting plan lays out the custody arrangement. But what if the couple never actually married? Do you still need one?
Everyone from certified experts to celebrities have talked about vaccines. The fallout from this conflict is everywhere, even in child custody disputes.
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.
Divorce gets complicated in the best of times even when spouses have open lines of communication. But what happens when one spouse goes MIA?
This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, but divorce is expensive. One of the most common questions we hear is: how much does divorce cost?
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.
While divorce is the most common way to end a marital relationship, it’s not the only one. In some cases, legal separation may be an option.
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.
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.
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.
Gray divorce is one of the fastest-growing divorce demographics. But it also comes with specific concerns. Here’s what you need to know.
Paranoia and spying are nothing new in relationships. But the tools have changed. Digital snooping continues to have an impact on divorce and the aftermath.
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.
For most of us, a house is the biggest purchase we make. What happens if we own a home, marry, then divorce? That’s where Moore Marsden comes in.
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?
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.
Alcohol abuse is often cited as a cause of divorce, but a recent study draws a direct link to divorce and an elevated risk for alcohol use disorder.
Mudslinging is common in ending a marriage, but unfounded abuse allegations all too often have a negative impact on divorce cases.
The paparazzi probably doesn’t hound you and follow your every move, but that doesn’t mean privacy during divorce is important to you.
People damage their own cases in countless ways. To help minimize that, here are eight things you should never do during divorce.
There’s rarely one single cause that ends a marriage, but jobs are often a biggie. But what jobs have the highest divorce rate?
The old maxim goes: don’t talk about religion or politics in polite company. But what if it can’t be avoided? How often does politics cause divorce?
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.
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.
It’s easy to make mistakes that hurt child custody cases, but here are a few common missteps that can sink a case and how to avoid them.
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.
Social media has become such a large part of our lives that it makes sense it’s often a large part of our divorces as well.
It’s not set in stone, but it’s not far off. Here’s what you need to know about how to modify child support in California.
Divorce is emotional and complicated in the best of times, but when there are health issues to contend with, it wreaks havoc on the process.
Not everyone who cares for a child is a biological parent. It’s rare, but in some cases, the courts name a de facto parent. Here’s what that means.
That’s not always an option, however. A biological parent usually has the inside track, but in situations where the child’s well-being is in question, a de facto parent may assume custody.
Not every divorce devolves into a heated courtroom battle. When spouses see eye-to-eye, uncontested divorce is often a viable option.
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.
Adultery so often strikes a fatal blow to a marriage, but how big a role does it actually play when it comes time to file for divorce?
It’s important to know the various types of divorce and what each means. There are differences and similarities. Some apply to multiple circumstances, while others have specific criteria and only fit certain cases. Being aware of the types of divorce can help streamline the process and get you on the road to your new life faster and easier.
Couples ending marriages later in life face a number of unique challenges and concerns. Here’s what you need to know about gray 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.
It’s the stuff of melodramatic TV movies, being trapped in a loveless marriage. But can your spouse actually prevent you from getting a divorce?
This is never an easy talk to have, but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to ask for a divorce. Here’s how to start the conversation.
Watching parents split up is never easy, but for many siblings in divorce, this experience serves to push them closer than ever.
With so much information floating around, it’s important to have a good understanding of divorce. Here are ten common divorce myths to be aware of.
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.
The decision to terminate parental rights isn’t an easy one, but in some situations it may be the right move for everyone involved.
Ending a marriage is complicated in the best of times, but what happens to the process you have a spouse from a foreign country?
There are multiple types of child custody, and knowing details about each can help direct the strategy for a child custody case.
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?
Over recent years, January has become known by many as “divorce month,” but just how accurate is that unflattering title?
Divorce doesn’t necessarily need to take place in court, there are other options, and two popular choices are mediation and arbitration.
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.