Orange County Family Law Blog

Can I fight for custody of the family pet in my divorce?

To may pet owners, their dog or cat is a beloved member of the family. But when divorce looms on the horizon, they are startled to realize that Fideaux or Puffy is considered just another piece of property not subject to custodial agreements.

However, some California courts are taking a more enlightened view of the role pets play in their owners' lives. With that in mind, learn how you may be able to reach accord regarding the future of your beloved fur babies.

Tips for smoother holiday sailing for single parents

If the thought of facing the holidays for the first time as a single parent has you ready to curl into a ball to hibernate until the festivities are all over, you're in good company.

But parents don't have the luxury of time-outs from stressful events, so read on to learn some coping strategies to beat back the holiday blues.

Should there be accountability for child support spending?

If you are a California parent who pays child support to your children's other parent, you may doubt that all of your hard-earned support dollars go to your kids.

California imposes no mandates on the way child support is spent. This gives the parent receiving the support unfettered freedom to live high off the hog on the former partner's dime with no guarantee that the children receive the monetary benefits.

How do I adjust to being a part-time parent?

In a world of helicopter parents and tiger moms, it can be difficult to embrace being a part-time divorced parent. But there are many reasons why this can be a status to celebrate.

No one is suggesting that these parents wouldn't prefer to give their children the gift of an intact home with both parents present. Unfortunately, life doesn't always work out so smoothly. If you are burdened by guilt for being a part-time mom or dad, the following tips on how to learn to enjoy your evolving role may be insightful.

Child Support – knowing your rights and obligations

Facing the end of a marriage can be an emotionally charged time with many critical and complex issues to be tackled. When children are also involved, the stakes are even higher.  Going through a divorce means having to address matters surrounding child custody, support, and visitation. These decisions are both psychologically taxing and difficult to face alone. Who do the children live with, how does relocation impact well-being and what financial measures should be adopted to care for dependents are just a sample of the multifaceted questions that need solutions.

Perhaps the most challenging matters to reconcile are those of child support. To a large extent child support guidelines furnish a certain amount of answers based on custody and financial resources; however, determining how much and in what manner to pay support is unique to each relationship. Some of the aspects to consider when developing a child support formula are the cost of living, medical, educational and everyday expenses of the child. Making provisions for basic needs is essential but making allowances for those things that speak to the quality of life and maintaining a standard that the child has become accustomed are vital.  

Child custody can heighten the stakes when dissolving a marriage

The desolation of a marriage is an emotionally charged time for both you and your spouse and divorce becomes more complex when there are children involved. Addressing financial matters of property division, spousal support, and so on is paramount; however, next to the emotional question of who will maintain custody of your child, these factors may seem much less critical. Often, those impacted most by divorce are the children involved. Settling issues of intangible value like child custody, support and visitation rights can be taxing on both parties. While there may be contention as to the correct course of action, it is typically best for the minors that a certain amount of civility and objectivity be exercised to reach an outcome that is in your children’s best interest.

Of all the concerns arising from divorce, the most sensitive issue of child custody will usually be the biggest anxiety for the parents. Making decisions about financial arrangements, which parent each child will live with and what does parental visitation look like are all serious concerns. Learning about your rights and what options are available can help you and your family get past questions about sole, shared or joint custody as well as more complicated matters like relocation or changing schools. 

Why Failure To Pay Child Support Can Land You in Prison

Child support ranks among the most contested issues as far as divorce is concerned. This is basically the monthly payment that is given to the custodial party when a married couple divorces. More often than less, issues pertaining to child support are contested since it is usually hard for the divorcing parties to reach an amicable financial settlement. If caught up in such a situation, it is imperative that you hire a child support lawyer who will make the entire process less intricate.


How to help the kids cope with your divorce

While it is the couple that gets divorced, when children are involved, the whole family suffers from the effects. Learn how you can minimize the damage to the kids when divorce divides a family.

Whenever it is possible, both parents should break the news of the divorce to their children together. Sometimes, however, it won't work out that way. Regardless, make sure that you remain calm and don't assign blame or delve into sordid details. Acknowledge your own feelings of sadness so the kids understand that it's okay to feel that way as well.

Plan now for smooth summer vacations with the kids

The end of April is fast approaching, which means that it's not too early to start addressing summer vacation plans involving the kids with your ex.

By planning early and involving your child's other parent at this early juncture, you can avoid some of the strife that can mar even the best vacations.

California asset division law: What is quasi-community property?

If you're going through a divorce, you're probably confused by what will be considered separate property and what will be considered community property. However, just when you think you've got it all figured out, you're met with the term "quasi-community property." Yes, quasi-community property is real, and the term might apply to some of the property at stake in your asset division proceedings.

To understand what quasi-community property is, let's begin with a review of what community property is. Community property is everything -- aside from personal gifts and some inheritances -- that you and your soon-to-be ex have purchased, received or earned following the day you said, "I do." It also includes debts acquired by your or your spouse during this time. You'll split all community property 50-50 during your divorce.

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