The Benefits of Mediation in a Child Custody Dispute

Here’s a few reasons why mediation is beneficial in many divorce cases, especially those that involve child custody and visitation. Divorce is rarely an easy undertaking, but it becomes far more difficult when there are children involved. Luckily, there are ways to make the process go more smoothly. Mediation is one of these ways. What is Mediation? Mediation is when parents hire a neutral, confidential third Read More

The Dangers of Domestic Violence, and How You Can Help

What is domestic violence? Domestic violence occurs when physical assault and battery, willful intimidation, threats, controlling, and other harmful behaviors occur between people in a committed relationship. Both husbands and wives can suffer from domestic abuse, and if there are children in the home, the children often suffer as well—whether firsthand or secondhand. The dangers of domestic violence can be dire: Read More

Attorney Madan Ahluwalia Begins Petition on Domestic Violence

UPDATE: Thanks to the success of this petition, a judge is now reviewing this case! Attorney Madan Ahluwalia recently formed a petition on domestic violence titled: Domestic Violence is Never a NON VIOLENT Crime (Justice for Neha Rastogi)! According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, between 2009 and 2011, while other types of homicides decreased, domestic violence fatalities in California Read More

California Division of Assets: How Restricted Stock Units Are Treated in a Divorce

Restricted stock units (RSUs) are becoming a more common type of equity compensation for California employees. Instead of getting the stock immediately, they receive it according to the terms of a vesting plan and distribution schedule after remaining with the company for a certain amount of time or achieving performance milestones. Upon vesting, they are considered income and a percentage is withheld to pay taxes. Read More

A Brief Introduction to the E1 Visa

The United States enjoys trade agreements with countries all over the world. To facilitate and encourage ongoing business with these nations, the government makes available several types of visas—including the E1 and E2 visa—intended to encourage nationals from those treaty nations to participate in trade with US businesses or even invest in building US businesses. The E1 visa is available to any person or company Read More

California Child Support: The DissoMaster

No one can deny that parents must support their children, so child support is a mandatory component of a divorce action. However, the exact amount ordered was a serious point of contention at one time when child support amounts were mostly at the discretion of the court. A California judge would review combined parental income and make an arbitrary decision on which parent should pay and how much. Without firm Read More

Guest Blog: What You Can Do to Create an Amicable Divorce?

By Michelle Farris Every parent worries about what divorce will do to their kids. It may keep you up at night or prevent you from leaving the marriage. But there are some things you can do to lessen the impact. Once you’ve decided to divorce creating a positive connection with your ex is the next best thing you can do. This blog will show you how to do that. Of course you may be saying “But you don’t know Read More

What You Need to Consider When Preparing a Visitation Schedule

Children of divorce can often have difficulty adjusting to the changes that come from their parents separating. When working out custody issues, it’s best to keep in mind that your child’s preferences and needs should be a top priority. There are many variations to a visitation schedule, allowing parents to get creative and adopt a routine that works well for everyone. Here are a few important elements to remember Read More

Understanding Green Cards: A Brief Q&A on Permanent Residence in the United States

Immigration can be a complicated process, and every stipulation should be followed to ensure successful residency. Below we’ve addressed some of the more common questions and concerns regarding green cards in the United States: Q: What exactly is a green card? A: A green card is a vernacular legal term. It represents the permanent resident alien status one has under Immigration laws. The physical card, which a Read More

7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Recently and Soon to Be Divorced

Making the choice to divorce is an extremely difficult one. You know that you are doing the right thing for yourself (and possibly your children), but that period between separation and divorce represents a major transition for everyone involved. It’s especially challenging during the holiday season, which is traditionally a time of family unity and celebration. The good news is that this is also a time of Read More