Articles Tagged with Divorce

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In my California family-law practice, I regularly receive calls from people desperate to find evidence to prepare for (or defend against) their California family-law legal matter.  The legal issues usually relate to division of assets and debts, child support and/or spousal support motions or modification of child support and/or spousal support orders.  Do any of the following statements relate to your case? Continue reading →

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Preparing and exchanging preliminary financial disclosures is a required step in the divorce process. Without the completion of this step, a judge will not grant a divorce. Negligent and wilful omissions of assets and debts when preparing the preliminary financial disclosures can lead to devastating results for the parties. This blog post examines the importance of full transparency and disclosure when preparing the preliminary financial disclosures as well as the possible consequences of not listing all assets and debts, including separate property assets and debts. Continue reading →

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For most parents who live in California, it is not difficult to figure out that California is the correct jurisdiction for filing their custody and/or child support matter. Where it becomes a bit challenging for parents is under the following scenarios: 1) one parent lives in California and the other parent lives in another state or country; 2) one parent has abducted the child and moves out of state and then files a custody motion in the new state.  Other factors affecting jurisdiction is whether or not the parties ever married and/or whether or not there are prior custody orders. Before anyone considers filing a motion, or has already filed a motion,  for custody, visitation and support , it is important to determine whether the legal paperwork has been filed in the proper state and proper courthouse. Continue reading →

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If you already read a few of my blog posts, you now know that there are many factors affecting how a California family-law judge determines custody and issues custody orders.  The “best interest of the child” legal standard pretty much covers any and all factors affecting the child’s health, education and welfare of the child.  In my California Family Law practice,  I have been approached many times by a parent concerned about losing custody to the other parent because the other parent’s income is significantly much higher than theirs.  What do you think, will the varying income of the parents determine custody? Continue reading →

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About 65% of the inquiries I receive in my California Family Law Practice revolve around California custody matters.  If you have read any of my previous blogs or information from the family-law section of my website, you already know that there are many factors for a California Court to consider when awarding custody. This blog post focuses on the factor of physical handicaps in custody cases. Continue reading →

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After reading the Los Angeles Times article “Polls: Americans closely divided on same-sex marriage” today, I felt compelled to write a post blog about this issue–because, ironically, it’s at the heart of divorce.    In almost all cases, we see the fight as only between the advocates of same-sex marriage and the objectors to same-sex marriage.  The typical argument made by the advocate for same-sex marriage is that it’s their constitution right to marry–and other arguments of this nature; conversely, the objectors argue that it’s not “biblical”, defining “marriage as between a man and a woman. . . . for purposes of procreation.”  Both sides have strong arguments, but in many respects, they are missing the point of “marriage.” At least in California, there is another arguments that needs to be put forward, which, dare I say it, I believe supersedes both sides of the argument. . . . it’s merely an insurance policy! Continue reading →