4 Situations Where You Might Need to Modify Your Original Divorce Agreement

You might be surprised to know that a California divorce agreement is not always set in stone. Although its terms address the current and anticipated needs and circumstances of both spouses, we all know that life can present us with unexpected changes such as job loss, disability, or sudden medical expenses for a child. California law accommodates this reality by allowing original divorce agreements to be Read More

Break the Cycle: What to Do If You’re a Victim of Domestic Abuse

For the longest time, Katie didn’t realize that she was in an abusive relationship. At first, Eric raised his voice when she disagreed with him and called her fat and ugly, even comparing her to other women. Soon, nothing she did was ever good enough. When he became angry, he would throw things around the apartment or subject her to the silent treatment for days. Today was different. When Katie accidentally broke Read More

Should You Push for Temporary or Permanent Spousal Support?

When Mark and Sarah got married, Sarah decided to quit her job and become a stay-at-home mom. After several years, the couple decided to divorce. Sarah planned to re-enter the workforce, but knew she still needed spousal support to make ends meet following the divorce. Sarah has two options. She can start with temporary support and later request permanent support. Which type of support should she choose? This Read More

4 Things to Keep in Mind About Traveling With Your Children After a Divorce

With beautiful weather taking hold and Memorial Day weekend fresh in our memories, it feels as if summer is finally here. Soon, your school-age children will be coming home with their final report cards, ready for their summer vacation. This year is different, however. You and your spouse have recently divorced, and the summer is broken up into certain weeks that the children will spend with you and others that Read More

How Debts Are Divided in a California Divorce

You and your spouse have decided to divorce, so you know that all the cars, real estate, and other assets you acquired or received during the five years you were married are subject to division. But what about your credit card balances? Your spouse’s student loans? The money that your business owes to vendors and suppliers? California is a community property state, meaning that property acquired by a spouse during Read More

Why Mediate Your Divorce? 5 Key Benefits Compared to Litigation

Although divorce has the potential to be a long, bitter, and costly undertaking, litigation is no longer the default method of settling matters like property division, child custody and support, and spousal support. Mediation allows you and your spouse to work with a professional mediator to come to a mutually acceptable agreement on these important issues. What is Mediation? How does it work? Mediated divorces Read More

The National Advocates Announces Madan Ahluwalia as One of Its Top 100 Lawyers in California

For immediate release The National Advocates is pleased to announce that Madan Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia Law in San Jose has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 attorneys in California for Immigration, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers as recognition of their superior skills and qualifications in the field. The selection for this exclusive list is limited to only 100 attorneys in each state Read More

7 Scenarios California Recognizes as Grounds for Annulment

There are two ways to legally dissolve a marriage in California: divorce and annulment. Although they achieve similar outcomes, divorce is the legal termination of a valid marriage while annulment is a confirmation that the marriage technically never existed. That is, once a union is annulled, it’s as if the couple was never married in the first place. Annulments are harder to obtain than divorces because Read More

California Restraining Orders: 4 Things You Should Know

When someone else is physically or verbally abusing you, California law has certain mechanisms in place to protect you. The most commonly used tool is the restraining order, which is a temporary or permanent court order issued to prevent someone from approaching or otherwise contacting you. Restraining orders, which primarily address family law issues like domestic violence, are often confused with protective Read More

The 8 Court Orders Enforceable by Contempt in California

There are few things more frustrating than dealing with a co-parent or former spouse who intentionally disregards a court order, whether it be to allow visitation, pay spousal support, or comply with any other condition of your separation or divorce. If you find yourself in this situation, contempt proceedings can force that person to obey the original order. California law is quite clear on the subject of who can Read More