If you’re the parent of a minor child who has visitation rights after a divorce, you surely cherish the time you spend together. While California law is clear on custody and visitation, it doesn’t provide much detail on the best ways to exercise your obligations so that you can maintain a strong, healthy relationship with […]

You may assume there’s no need to prepare a will if you don’t own considerable real estate or personal wealth. It’s common to believe that retaining a lawyer to prepare, draft, and execute your will isn’t worth the cost. However, not having a will can actually cost you and your surviving loved ones more in […]

It’s unfortunate that some see the vulnerability of an elderly individual as a chance to profit, but financial exploitation is a crime that’s all too common in our society. Even worse, the culprit is often a caretaker or a member of the family who has close ties to the victim. When you discover misconduct, it […]

If you’re the parent or relative of a person who has a developmental disability, you want to provide for him or her financially as much as possible. . At the same time, you understandably have concerns about your loved one’s rights to public assistance, especially since making that person “too rich” may negatively impact those […]

In a key shift over last few decades, more and more children are being born to unmarried parents: According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that figure is just over 40 percent of all children born in the US. The trend makes paternity an all-important legal issue for a number […]

Spousal support, also known as alimony, refers to the payments made from one spouse to another after a divorce. The point of spousal support is to maintain the standard of living that the lesser-earning spouse enjoyed during the marriage. For example, if one spouse stayed at home with the kids and the other spouse worked, […]

A prenuptial agreement is probably the furthest thing from your mind as you’re preparing for a romantic wedding celebration. However, divorce is always a looming possibility when you consider divorce rates, even for spouses who think their relationship is rock-solid and eternal. Signing a prenup is a smart move if you want to make sure […]

It’s wise to consider executing a California advance health care directive, which allows you to appoint a person as your agent in making health-related decisions in the event that you are unable to do so. Without this type of power of attorney, you are in a serious predicament if you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated: […]

Many people experience life changes in the months and years after going through a divorce, making it either impractical or impossible to comply with the terms of their divorce decree. Fortunately, California law allows former spouses to revise certain provisions of the final order where there’s a substantial change in circumstances. The process is called […]

Some couples seeking divorce are eligible for California’s Summary Dissolution of Marriage, which is a simplified proceeding available if you don’t have children, have been married less than five years, and meet other qualifications. The advantage is that the process takes less time and doesn’t require court appearances like a traditional divorce would. Since the […]

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