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Children Harmed By Exposure to Domestic Violence by James J. Tiehm Domestic violence can have a great impact on the divorce process. There are different types of domestic violence (e.g., intimate terrorism, violent resistance, situational couple violence). It can escalate during the divorce...... Read more

Accurate and Full Financial Disclosures is Key to Amicable Divorces By Mark Johannessen         For a successful divorce mediation, knowledge and acceptance of the disclosure duties by both parties at the outset of the process is key to building the trust...... Read more

                                      Domestic violence is defined as abuse or the threat of abuse between parties in a close relationship. California’s domestic violence laws recognize that abuse can take many forms,...... Read more

Divorce on a Budget, Divorce Questions, Mediation Divorcing couples have many questions they need answered regarding the family law divorce process. If you are facing a divorce, you will need to make some choices based upon your situation, including how you and your spouse want to approach...... Read more

School-Related Child Custody Issues by James J. Tiehm It is back-to-school time. If you are an unmarried, divorced, or divorcing parent, school-related issues can be one of the custody challenges facing you. If that is the case advice from a family law attorney will help you. Below are...... Read more

Divorcing With Pets Going through the child custody process to determine custody of a child is often the most emotionally difficult part of a divorce. Figuring out what to do with pets acquired during the marriage can be just as difficult, especially when there are no children involved. You...... Read more

MANAGING EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS IN DIVORCE Emotional triggers are events outside of you or thoughts inside of you that activate certain emotions. Some of the triggers that happen when spouses or ex-spouses interact are the most difficult to deal with. Divorce causes all sorts of emotional triggers...... Read more

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