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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Fighting for Custody? Avoid Doing These Four Things

    || 7-Oct-2015

    When facing a divorce, parents have to juggle a number of different priorities to successfully end their marriage. There is property division to worry about, long-term finances, and, of course, the custody and well-being of any children. This juggling must all happen while the spouses are in a distressed and emotional state, as well. Unfortunately, divorce clients who want to make child custody a ...
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  • Understanding Separate Property in California

    || 18-Sep-2015

    For many couples, property division is one of the most stressful and contentious parts of their divorce. California is a community property state, which means that everything that the couple acquires during the course of their marriage is subject to division by the courts in the event of a divorce. However, there are exceptions made for "separate property." Clients who are concerned with ...
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  • Californians Can Now Pay Child Support at 7-Eleven

    || 11-Aug-2015

    Starting this month, Californians with child support payments will now have an even more convenient way of making their payments. Early this August, the California Department of Child Support Services debuted PayNearMe, a new option available for parents shopping at 7-Eleven. As Times-Herald News reports, PayNearMe will now be available at 1,600 7-Eleven locations throughout California. During a ...
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  • Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage a Constitutional Right

    || 17-Jul-2015

    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a decision countless people have been waiting to hear for a very long time: the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. In a split 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that our Constitution guaranteed the right to marry to all Americans, sparking celebration in LGBT communities all over the country. Speaking for the court's majority, Justice ...
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  • A significant portion of divorces that take place every year involve a couple that has been married for a great deal of time. In fact, the largest population of divorcing couples are called "gray divorces," meaning that the coupleis older than expected and generally married for some time. When two people split after building a home, life and family together, it is sure to be a difficult ...
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  • Late last month, California lawmakers in the state senate approved Senate Bill 585—which would allow Child Support Services to intercept insurance payouts meant for parents who are behind on their child support payments. As Insurance Journal reports, SB585 was passed with a strong 29-4 vote and is now on its way to the Assembly for further consideration. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ...
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  • Is a Measure to End Alimony Coming to a California Ballot?

    || 14-May-2015

    Is the end of spousal support as we know it coming to California? If Huntington Beach resident Steve Clark and his grassroots organization CalAlimonyReform.org has their way, it could be. Clark is an IT consultant who recently went through a divorce battle and was shocked at just how expensive spousal support (or alimony) could be in California. He has now been speaking to the press since last ...
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  • California Appeals Court Hands Down Controversial Child Custody Ruling

    || 14-Apr-2015

    Earlier this month, California's 2nd District Court of Appeal handed down what many are calling a surprising and controversial child custody ruling. The decision has ordered that a Los Angeles County mother surrender custody of her teenage daughter. Even though the record has shown that the mother has been a vigilant parent, the troubled teenager will now live with her grandparents. According ...
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  • What to Look for in a Mediator

    || 25-Mar-2015

    For many couples, mediation is a healthy and affordable alternative for reaching a middle ground during a divorce proceeding. The benefits of mediation over a court resolution are many and, for couples who believe they can work together to amicably dissolve their divorce, it is a wonderful option that can spare feelings, avoid lengthy court proceedings, and eliminate costly legal fees. Before ...
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