US Chamber of Commerce Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Immigrants

Anti-immigration sentiment in the US is at all-time high in the past decade. Rhetoric from the latest election cycle has heightened it even more. The most common argument is about the effect of immigrants (not to be confused by undocumented workers aka illegal aliens) on the US economy. The US Chamber of Commerce issued a report earlier this year highlighting the positive benefits immigrants have on the US Read More

What Exactly Are the “Best Interests of the Children?”

Divorce can be a difficult process to go through, and when children are involved, care should be taken to make sure everyone’s needs are considered. When it comes to the custody of your children, the court will make an order based on what the “best interests of the children” are. Main factors which are used to determine “Best interest of the child’ are welfare, health and education. While that sounds straightforward, Read More

A Brief Introduction to the US Naturalization Process

Becoming a US citizen is an exciting prospect for many people across the world, but it can sometimes be more difficult than one might think. There are specific steps and requirements to fulfill during the naturalization process, but once it’s completed, you will enjoy the freedoms and responsibilities that come with being a citizen of the United States. Let’s examine what the naturalization process looks like and Read More

Guest Blog: Do I Qualify for Head of Household?

By Megan Thompson, CPA, CVA, CFF One of the main points of financial confusion in the divorce process is the tax filing of the parties. While you are married, you can choose from two filing statuses, Married Filing Separately and Married Filing Jointly, with Married Filing Jointly being the most common. When you are separated, have children, and are living in different households, you also have the option to file Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Physical and Legal Custody

Like most parents, you're probably worried about how your child or children will fare following a divorce. It's natural to want as much control as possible over your child's future, especially if you're not comfortable making joint decisions with your ex-spouse. Child custody is a sensitive subject and shouldn't be approached lightly. Before you take any legal action, make sure you can differentiate between physical Read More

5 Key Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Divorce

If you're going through a divorce, you may dread the idea of going to court. Television and movies often make divorce look like a heated battle where only one party emerges victorious. Lot of times it is exactly like that. Thankfully, that doesn't have to be the case. Many respectable and sincere lawyers will suggest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a better way to resolve your divorce issues. Two common forms Read More

Everything You Need to Know About California Palimony

You are probably familiar with many of the key issues that must be determined when a married couple elects to end their marriage, such as dividing property, establishing child custody and support, and potentially even paying spousal support (alimony). But those who live together for years without marrying also intertwine their lives and finances in many ways. What happens when they decide to break up and end their Read More

Child Support Order deliquency. What to do?

You have a child support order in your hand and you think the matter is settled. But now those payments are not being made, what can you do? More importantly when do you need to do it? In the State of California, you need to wait until the payment is 30 days late before taking any action. After this benchmark you or an attorney can file and serve something called a Notice of Delinquency. This notice is sent to the Read More

Nonmarital Couples & Partners Have Rights too !

Are you a nonmarital couple or partner- living with a partner but are not married? Do you pool resources, have you bought property, own a business together?  If you answered yes to these questions your rights upon termination of the relationship may be affected. The State of California no longer has common law marriage, one created by living together and holding yourself out as a married couple among other things, Read More

Summary Dissolution

California law allows the parties to end their marriage in a simpler way through a process called Summary Dissolution. However, the situation of the parties must be such that a simpler way to end the relationship is allowed. To qualify for a summary dissolution of your marriage, here are the requirements for Summary Dissolution in California: You and your spouse: Have been married for less than 5 years (from the Read More