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Child Support Awareness Month August is Child Support Awareness Month, which is celebrated across the country and emphasizes the importance of supporting our nation’s children. Child support is money paid to cover a child’s living and medical expenses. Both parents have a legal duty to...... Read more

Nobody doubts that divorce is a difficult process that is highly emotional. The outcome of divorce can drastically affect both parties as they move forward with their future. Our experience has shown that avoiding these mistakes during the family law divorce process can have a significant...... Read more

Divorce Debt and Credit Tips by James Tiehm Divorce involves the division of assets and debts. Each party’s rights and responsibilities will be addressed with regard to the assets and debts in a final family court order or divorce agreement. While these issues should be addressed during the...... Read more

Dividing Retirement Plans at Divorce For couples going through the divorce process, the division of the parties’ retirement plan/s is a task that requires careful consideration. This division in the legal divorce process is more complicated than the family law process of dividing other assets...... Read more

Update on Domestic Partnerships & Same-Sex Marriage in California By James J. Tiehm, Esq. Q. What is the current status of same-sex marriages in California? A. As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, same-sex couples in California are again free to marry....... Read more

Spouses have a fiduciary duty to disclose their finances to each other in divorce cases. This obligation is ongoing and requires that the parties update and augment their legal family law disclosure documents throughout the family court divorce process until judgment has been granted by the...... Read more

Family law court legal document preparation can be challenging. Divorce laws and the divorce process can be overwhelming in and of itself. Here are a few common challenges with trying to complete family court divorce documents. Failure to submit all of the necessary family...... Read more

The parent-child relationship is one of the most important, life-changing bonds you’ll ever have. Making wise decisions regarding parenting is critical for you and your children. Collaborative co-parenting is something parents will benefit from learning – to parent together even when the...... Read more

In California, whenever family law issues of child custody or visitation are in dispute, California Family Code section 3170 requires that the parties involved participate in Child Custody Recommending Counseling. This is also referred to as child custody mediation and applies whenever a party to a...... Read more

The IRS has found that there is a significant discrepancy existing between family law alimony/spousal support deductions claimed by payers and income reported by recipients! If you are receiving family law spousal support/alimony based on a written agreement or court order, it is income to you...... Read more

Once you become a parent, virtually every major decision you make in your life revolves around your children’s well-being.  How to navigate them through a divorce or break-up from their other parent is no exception.  Decisions regarding child custody must be handled with the utmost care, with...... Read more

Unmarried Parents Rights  If you are or are about to become the unmarried parent of a child, it is essential that you establish parentage in order to protect your rights and ensure the wellbeing of your child.  "Establishing parentage" means determining who the legal parents of a child are if the...... Read more

Spousal support is the term for alimony in California Family Courts. Spousal support is money that one spouse pays to the other to help support them. One of your questions may be “how do I get alimony or spousal support?” Many factors are considered when determining the amount of spousal...... Read more

What do you do when you have an order from the court for child support but the other parent fails to pay, or pays less than the amount ordered? How do you enforce the order? When this happens, you are owed rear support and have rights to enforce your child support order. Attorneys at Family Law...... Read more

Child support orders are modifiable at any time the court deems that it is necessary.  This means that a Judgment cannot permanently exclude future child support or modification of child support.  Modification of child support is heard in the county court where the original child support order...... Read more