Orange County Family Law Blog

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.

Determining if your spouse stashed the cash

Sadly, divorce tends to bring out the worst in some spouses. Some may attempt to lie under oath, either in depositions or in the courtroom. Still others try to get more than their fair share of the marital assets by stashing cash in secret accounts or intentionally devaluing or dissipating community property.

A dishonest spouse can become quite creative when trying to hide property from the other partner. Some may transfer ownership of assets to relatives or friends who are complicit in the con. Another way of diverting resources is to siphon off income from joint accounts to a separate account in one spouse's name only.

How courtroom actions affect custody battles

When it comes to the custody of your children, the family court judge presiding over your case often has little information on which to base this all-important decision. That's why the actions you take in court can make or break your custody case.

Learn how to avoid making a bad impression in the Orange County courtroom when you appear for your child custody hearing.

State approves temporary fix for foster parents

A temporary fix has been approved by the state of California for foster parents who find themselves stuck in the middle of the approval process and are in need of funding. The governor of California signed a stop-gap measure that provides funding to caregivers who are stuck in the process waiting for approval. The funding will be distributed as emergency funding.

Recent reforms in California state that the approval process for a foster family should take no more than 90 days. This has not been the case as many families have waited much longer and have been in dire need of funding. A large number of families have waited five months or more to be approved through the new process.

Are you worried about a parent abducting your child?

There are few things that can drive fear into a parent's heart like an abducted child. Even if it is known or suspected that the kidnapper is the child's other parent, there is little comfort.

What can parents do in such dire situations?

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