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Carol has extensive experience and education in negotiation and conflict resolution, including over 30 years' experience in creating “win-win" agreements as a real estate broker with an extensive knowledge of tax and finance. Her background is a tremendous asset to her clients during divorce...... Read more

Mark has practiced civil, business and tax law since 1983, and exclusively family law since 1993. With an extensive business and financial background, Mark is qualified to represent clients in complex property and financial dissolution cases using a cooperative, respectful, and professional...... Read more

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James Tiehm is an attorney at the Family Law Center. His practice focuses on litigation and limited scope representation. James represents clients in all aspects of divorce, including issues related to child custody and visitation; child support; spousal support; asset and debt division; and...... 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