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Father’s Rights - Throughout the years, fathers from all over the country have been fighting for equal rights within the Family Court System. The Fathers’ rights movement, resulted from the 1960s and 70s, during a time of high divorce rates, and a time when many fathers were left with unjust...... Read more

The creation of domestic partnerships was intended to provide all committed couples, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, the opportunity to obtain essential rights and protections. Throughout the years since, the rights provided to same-sex couples have evolved, and thus the meaning...... Read more

Working with an Attorney-Mediator when dividing community property, gives the parties more power and control over the division of their property. California Family Code Section 2550 states that in a proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation, the court shall divide the community...... Read more

Oral Agreements can be a good start to reaching an arrangement among parents during a child custody matter. However, oral agreements have little meaning in the legal system without written documentation to back them up. It is important to recognize that oral agreements made between parents that...... Read more

One common debt that many individuals take on, is that of a student loan. A shared concern among spouses getting a divorce is often who will be responsible for paying off these loans. Debts incurred during marriage are community property.  But there are unique rules with regards to Student...... Read more

In a parentage case, also known more commonly as a “paternity case”, the court will make an order that states who the child’s legal parents are. The law assumes that the married persons are the child’s legal parents, so parentage is automatically established in most cases for married...... Read more

To obtain a divorce in California, it is not necessary for both spouses to agree to end the marriage. Either spouse can decide to end the marriage, and the other spouse, even if he or she does not want to get a divorce, cannot stop the process by refusing to participate in the case. If a spouse...... Read more

Taking Charge of Emotions during divorce before they take charge of you. In this School of Life, most of us experience a relationship breakup as one of our greatest challenges and lessons. Even if we do not consider ourselves “emotional,” Divorce can activate a whole hoard of...... Read more

Generally, the community estate is liable for any debts that you, or your spouse, incurred before or during your marriage. However, if the debt was incurred as a result of harming another or harming another’s property, liability for the debt may in some cases be first satisfied from your separate...... Read more

What Does “Disturbing the Peace” Mean Under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act? When you hear the term domestic violence, physical violence most likely comes to your mind. However, what you may fail to realize is that domestic violence encompasses much more than just physical...... Read more

Why do my Divorce Papers Mention Family Law Restraining Orders? You may have noticed that your divorce paperwork mentions Standard Family Law Restraining Orders. Upon seeing those words, you may have wondered, “What are Standard Family Law Restraining Orders?” and “Do they apply to...... Read more

What is the Law on Child Support for Adult Children? A parent’s principle obligation is to financially support his or her minor children according to his or her circumstances and station in life. Fam. Code §4053(a). While this is a well-known fact, many parents fail to realize that they may...... Read more

In July of 2015, the California Supreme Court in the case Marriage of  Davis set a bright line rule as to when a "date of separation" occurs between divorcing couples. That date is very important, because as of the date of separation, in general, the earnings of the parties are their...... Read more

If you have a child custody order from a different state and you or the other parent reside in California, you should strongly consider registering the order in California in case enforcement is necessary.  To register your out-of-state order, you will need the following: Two copies of the...... Read more

How are Retirement Plans Divided at Divorce? Retirement funds contributed to during marriage including company match is considered community property. The biggest question divorcing couples ask; "How do we divide retirement accounts earned during marriage?"   The answer is with a Qualified...... Read more

Divorce Option Workshop sponsored by Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group If you are facing divorce or separation ... attend a Divorce Options™ workshop, a low-cost public education workshop offered monthly in many counties across California. You have choices! The schedule of Divorce...... Read more

There are many things you can do to make your divorce easier. Here is some advice about what not to do:  Hiding Information- Your attorney will be your advocate through this emotional process. It is important you disclose any and all information, no matter how embarrassing or personal it may...... Read more

Marriages fall apart for many reasons but when it comes to divorce the court is only interested in one reason. Bottom line: in the eyes of the law marriages end because of irreconcilable differences. Period. It doesn’t matter if you and your spouse grew apart, or one of you betrayed the other,...... Read more

Are you a concerned family member, friend or co-worker? Are you trying to find family law answers for the person you care about? While it may be your intention to help, sometimes the best help is handing the phone number, email or website to the person in need of divorce advice or family law...... Read more

THE THINGS YOU AS A CLIENT MAY BE GOING THROUGH You are not seeing your children as much as you would like to. Grieving the loss of your marital partner. Fear around money including having to pay the other party child support. Or you may fear how you will support your children and how...... Read more