Orange County Family Law Blog

When your summer vacation leads to a divorce

If you and your spouse returned from vacation last month contemplating divorce, you're in good company. As it turns out, divorce tends to be cyclical and peaks in March and August.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) studied divorce patterns and discovered that seasonal rituals tend to trigger splits between spouses. Let's examine why August is one of those triggering times.

When older kids want to choose where they live after divorce

Divorce is rough on kids of all ages. It's especially hard when parents are engaged in contentious or protracted custody fights.

Most California family law judges view joint custody as the optimal choice. However, the constant reshuffling between their parents' homes can wear children down.

Jolie-Pitt divorce takes unusual legal turn

If there is one commonality among celebrity divorces, it's that most are settled privately between the spouses and their legal counsels of record. However, the ongoing saga between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie appears to be bucking this trend.

People magazine reports on an unusual occurrence in the high-profile couple's divorce — with Jolie making public claims that Pitt has failed to make "meaningful'' child support payments for the six kids the actors share.

Can I take my co-parent back to court for more child support?

Although it's still summer, it's not too soon to begin planning for when the kids return to school in September. For some Orange County parents, the beginning of the school year is a time when they have to spend a lot of extra money on the kids.

There are school clothes and supplies that must be bought, school fees (and for some, tuition costs), activity fees and the high costs of sporting and other athletic activities in which the kids may be participating. If your child wants to be in the band, you may also have to buy or rent an instrument.

Determine whether to fight to keep the marital home

When you find yourself in the throes of divorce -- either willingly or unwillingly -- there are many decisions you will have to make, both now and in the future.

Other than settling the custody matters for any children you share with your soon-to-be-ex, perhaps the second most important matter to settle is where you will live after the divorce.

Can my ex use my child support to go on vacation?

You've been divorced from your ex-wife for several years. While you two have had your issues in the past, you have usually been able to keep it civil.

That all changed when she reminded you that you must get July's child support to her on time. She said she needs it to take the kids on vacation.

Are you planning a divorce party? Should you?

There's a new trend in Orange County and around the country -- divorce parties. You may have attended some. If you are newly divorced, should you consider throwing your own?

There are a couple of schools of thought on that topic. One argues that it's of questionable taste and judgment to celebrate anything to do with a broken marriage. Certainly any parents of children should consider how their actions could affect the children's perception of the marriage and divorce.

Would 'bird's nest custody' work for your family?

Sometimes parents have to think outside of the box when determining workable custody arrangements. One of the more unusual forms that some families have adopted is know as "bird's nest custody."

It's called that because some species of birds live in the nest and share equally in parenting their babies. With this type of custody, the parents are the ones who move in and out of the family home instead of the children.

Does your summer custody arrangement need tweaked?

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it's time to once again review your summer child custody plans. For some families, these transitions can be a little difficult to get used to. But with some patience and a little advance planning, everyone can get on board.

Ideally, your parenting plan should cover most contingencies that you, your kids and your ex may encounter. But even the most comprehensive parenting plans can't cover all potential conflicts that may arise, which is why successful co-parenting requires good communication.

Could your social media use tank your custody case?

Regardless of how you personally feel about sites like Facebook and Twitter, social media sites are here to stay. But for those locked in contentious divorces and custody battles, social media can become a minefield.

Divorcing spouses and parents need to realize that their social media presences can definitely be used against them in court. Below are some tips to keep in mind.

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