6 Steps to File for Divorce in California

Mike and Lynne have decided to file for divorce after five years of marriage. He discovered that she was seeing someone else and, although hurt and angry, he agreed to work with Lynne to end the marriage with as little stress and contention as possible. Below is an overview of the steps that Mike took to file for divorce in California. He undertook all of them with help from an experienced divorce attorney, who Read More

Bay Area Dads: 5 Reasons You Need to Establish Paternity of Your Child

Brad and Samantha have been together for three years. Last month, she gave birth to a daughter, Tatum, who has her dad’s eyes and her mom’s infectious smile. Brad loves being a father, but the fact that he and Samantha are not married presents some complications for his legal relationship with his daughter. When a child’s parents are not married, California law automatically grants custody to the mother. Fathers Read More

Amicable Divorce: Do You Qualify for a Summary Dissolution?

Rob and Catelyn were only married for two years before they realized that they weren’t happy together. Both later admitted that they had entered the marriage with unspoken assumptions: he didn’t want children, but she believed that after they married, he would change his mind. She wanted to stay in San Jose, but he presumed that after the honeymoon, she would finally agree to move to Dallas, where he had Read More

5 Situations Where You Need a Post-Judgment Modification

Most ex-couples assume that once their Final Judgment of the Dissolution of Marriage is filed, the terms of the divorce are permanent. That’s partly true, as California courts frown on arbitrarily changing one’s divorce decree. However, the law also recognizes that life is not static and will support a modification if you can demonstrate a significant change in circumstances since the divorce. Below is an overview Read More

5 Ways to Effectively Co-Parent After a Divorce

Jason and Kira knew that divorce did not end their relationship with each other. They had two beautiful girls, which meant that they would be attending graduations, weddings, and possibly the births of future grandchildren together. Although their marriage had not been a happy one towards the end, they committed to letting things go and working together calmly and productively as co-parents. This is a huge and Read More

Don’t Fuel the Fire: Protect Yourself from False Domestic Violence Accusations

Although Tracy constantly complained about the marriage, she was furious when Brad took the initiative by filing for divorce. Her first response was to threaten his access to the children by yelling, “You’ll never see your kids again!” When the court prevented that outcome by granting joint legal custody to both parents, she tried to turn their sons against him by saying, “Daddy left because he doesn’t love us Read More

What to Do When Your Ex Stops Paying Child Support

“Mommy?” It’s your four-year-old daughter, Ada, and she’s using that voice. The one that is usually followed by “I spilled juice on the rug” or “Spot ate a crayon.” You look up from the computer. Ada is standing in the doorway to your home office, one foot extended to show you the hole in the sole of her sneaker. “I need new shoes,” she says. You nearly exclaim, “Already?” But you don’t. It’s not her Read More

Building Your Case for Freedom: How to Document Domestic Abuse

When Kari was a teenager, she loved documenting her life. She still has a MySpace account floating around somewhere, its photo pages and diary entries full of evidence that she had a fun and fulfilling childhood. Now, as she faces the necessity of documenting her injuries due to domestic violence, the prospect of using words and camera aren’t so appealing anymore. Her feelings are understandable. Accounts of being Read More

Getting the Big Picture: Discovery During Divorce

Before she filed for divorce, Sharon used to say that Mark’s favorite pastime was speaking his mind, especially when it was to put her down. Now that the divorce is in progress, it’s like he’s forgotten how to talk. He also acts like his memory has been erased, answering, “I don’t know” to all questions regarding marital finances. Sharon was alarmed because Mark always handled their finances, but her divorce Read More

Understanding Parental Alienation

Jeff is concerned about his nine-year-old son, Ethan. The boy has been behaving strangely, and he suspects that his former wife, Tanya, is to blame. It began when Jeff started seeing his new girlfriend, Rosa. Although Jeff introduced Ethan and Rosa and the two seemed to hit it off, during the next weekend visit Ethan seemed unusually quiet and sullen. He never admitted that anything was wrong, but his tone and Read More