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Category: Family Law

Hardship Deductions in California Child Support Cases

on March 3, 2020Posted in Child Support,Court,Family Law

Are you having trouble paying your child support order? Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be entitled to a deduction. Main Factors Used in Calculating Child Support First, we have to acknowledge that California child support uses a “Guideline” calculation. The Guideline takes into consideration these main factors: the number of children both parties’… read more

What 4 San Diego Therapists Have To Say About Divorce

on February 29, 2020Posted in Divorce,Family Law

Divorce is one of the most difficult life events that a person can go through. There are so many changes, emotions, fears, and losses that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained. Professionals often recommend therapy for people going through a divorce. It enables them to handle the changes and emotions with much more… read more

Expedited Custody and Visitation Orders in San Diego Family Court

on July 11, 2019Posted in Child Custody,Court,Divorce,Family Law

Expedited Custody and Visitation Orders in Family Court Family Court cases often involve emotional disagreements over how parents are going to split parenting duties – Will custody be shared? If not, who has custody? What schedule will the parents and children follow from day to day? Who will be responsible for dropping them off at… read more

Will the Court Consider Your New Spouse’s Income in Deciding Whether to Modify Spousal Support?

on May 28, 2019Posted in Alimony,Divorce,Family Law,Spousal Support

In California, permanent spousal support ordered at the end of a divorce can be modified by a judge in the future if there is a change in circumstances (absent some exceptions we won’t consider here). Now, what will be considered a change in circumstances is, effectively, specific to each case. Hopefully, there is a clear… read more

Dog Law

on October 9, 2018Posted in Divorce,Family Law

Over the years, many of my divorce clients are eager to ask me the question: What is going to happen to our dog (or cat, or other pets)? This situation arises when a couple adopts or purchases a dog during the marriage, and then they file for divorce. Since the dog is community property, it… read more

The Income and Expense Declaration – Why Is This a Big Deal?

on September 4, 2018Posted in Family Law

Whenever the Court makes any type of order, regardless of the type of case, the Court must rely on admissible evidence. In Family Law cases, especially when dealing with child or spousal support, this evidence is often contained in the Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150.) The Income and Expense Declaration is a mandatory form, which… read more

What is the difference between temporary spousal support and permanent spousal support?

on August 22, 2018Posted in Child Support,Family Law

Throughout a Family Law case, the Court may make several orders over various matters. One of these matters is spousal support, and there can be a significant difference between initial “temporary” spousal support orders, and permanent spousal support orders. This article will generally discuss how the Court should analyze either request. Temporary spousal support is… read more

What High-Asset Couples Need to Know About Divorce in San Diego

on April 24, 2017Posted in Divorce,Divorce Articles,Family Law

According to Reuters, Spice Girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown filed for divorce from her husband, Stephen Belafonte, in March of 2017. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending her nearly 10-year marriage to the TV producer. The couple separated in December of 2016. In court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Brown… read more

I Want my Ring Back!

on July 15, 2016Posted in Divorce,Family Law

San Diego family attorneys often hear this after an engagement goes bad. Sometimes it’s also raised as an issue during a divorce case. The treatment of this issue is different depending upon the circumstances. For those who were only engaged, and did not marry, it’s possible to demand a return of the engagement ring. California… read more

My Spouse Cheated. Will the Family Court Judge Care?

on June 27, 2016Posted in Divorce,Family Law

The short answer is that in family court: It depends. Some people are surprised to find out that California is a so-called “no-fault” state. This means that a person filing for divorce does not have to give any reason for wanting to do so beyond saying there are “irreconcilable differences” between the parties. The idea… read more