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Family law court orders and parent agreements often include a provision for parents to share uninsured medical expenses. The family court requires California Judicial Council form #FL192 Notice of Rights and Responsibilities regarding reimbursement of the child’s or children’s...... Read more

Marriage - Legally what constitutes a valid marriage?  Many couples marry in a church, take religious vows, and consider their marriage a religious contract.  But when faced with divorce, many of these couples are surprised to find out otherwise. In the eyes of California law, we must...... Read more

FAQ’s about a parenting plan or child custody agreement:  Q: What is a parenting plan or child custody agreement? A: During a separation parents need to create a plan to decide how their children will be cared for going forward. A parenting plan is a written agreement that is used as a...... Read more

Anthony Scaramucci and his wife have filed for Divorce. Scaramucci is the new White House communication director. He has been prominent in the news over the last week since joining Trump’s White House. Scaramucci, 53, has been married to his wife Deidre Ball for three years. They have two...... Read more

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