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How Cohabitation Effects Child Support

Friday, November 24, 2017

While it is often shown that many divorced couples live apart after divorce this is not always the case. In some recently severed marriage, neither party has the means to support themselves on their own. As such, they end up living their new life with their ex-spouse and children still in the home together so they have a stable environment. While this affects a lot of social aspects in the home, how does it affect child support payments?

In many cases, cohabitation does not have much of an effect on child support. However, it can make day-to-day financial aspects a little fuzzy for some couples. It could be argued that since you bought breakfast, then that is for the care of the child and should be deducted from what you owe, but typically courts will shoot this down. You will likely still be on the hook for the financial amounts.

There are some cases in which one parent experiences "substantial change" to their financial means that can cause child support to be modified, but often this is due to loss of employment or injury rather than cohabitation.

In other cases, one parent may waive child support from the other parent in an effort to combine income and care for the child in their best interest. This can be a mistake if it isn't clear or legally stated that payment needs to be restarted once the ex-spouse moves out.

Overall, cohabitation between divorced parents can be a tricky business because it can throw a wrench in so many divisions that happen during a divorce. If you are cohabitating and want to lay down the ground rules, contact us today.

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Father's Rights: Make An Impact This School Year

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Children and teens are back in school. This means their summer routines are now behind them and they are getting adjusted to being back in school. Unfortunately, many fathers find themselves being shut out of school activities. Fathers can play a critical role in their children's daily lives, especially when it comes to school.

There are various things a father can do to help create incredible memories and stay involved in the lives of their children.

Eating Lunch With Your Children

If parents are allowed to each lunch with their children, you can try to have lunch with your son or daughter a few times this school year. Your child will feel proud and excited that he or she is having an opportunity to eat lunch with their awesome Dad.

Encourage Your Children

Whenever you have the opportunity to send your child a text message or a note, you should send an encouraging message. You may not think your child listens to everything you say, but he or she will be sure to remember the early morning encouraging text messages or letters you have sent.

Find A Support Group

When you find other fathers who are in the same position as you, you will be able to work together, share advice, and help one another become better fathers. You can find ways to encourage each other's children and find ways to make sure each child stays on top of all their educational goals.

Stay Involved

We understand that you have a busy life, but when you have the opportunity to attend a field trip, athletic event, or meeting, you should be there if you can. You will send a positive message when you sign up for anything that involves your child.

Fathers can work together in order to become the fathers their children need. Contact us today for more advice or more information on father's rights.

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Consult A Family Law Attorney When Seeking to Reduce Alimony Payment Obligations

Thursday, June 02, 2016

If you have been ordered to pay alimony, you may wonder if there is any time that you can legally stop alimony payments. Generally, the divorce agreement outlines the specific ways in which these payments can be stopped or changed. A judge can also order a change in alimony payments if there’s a change in circumstances. Our experienced family law attorneys explain a few possibilities that may warrant a change in alimony. Read More

Tips to Get Through a Child Custody Case From Our Experienced Family Law Attorneys

Friday, March 18, 2016

Divorce is difficult and stressful. When children are involved, it’s much worse, especially when you see the stress and frustration on your children’s faces. Settling your divorce and child custody issues is in everyone’s best interest so you can start to re-build your life and establish a new normal.   Read More

Family Law Tips: Talking to Your Child About Divorce

Friday, January 15, 2016
  • No one gets married thinking they will get divorced. Unfortunately, nearly half of all marriages end this way and many of those include children. Talking with your child about the situation can be helpful in starting the healing process. Use the following tips to help your child through the uncertainty.

    How To Talk To Your Children:

    • Make sure your kids know they are not the reason for the divorce. 
    • Your children will likely want to know the causes for the split. Share an age appropriate response with them. 
    • Explain that both parents love them even if one of the parents will not live in the same house.
    • If it has been decided, talk with your children about how their life will change. This may include where they will live, with whom, and when they will see their other parent.
    • Assure your child that you are available to answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

    What To Do For Your Children:

    • Encourage your kids to continue their participation in school activities, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
    • Stick to a routine that fits your family's needs. While change is inevitable during this time, finding a routine that works for you will help to give your children a sense of normalcy.
    • Make sure your children spend adequate time with both parents.
    • Give your children reassurance by showing them the love they desire. This helps to alleviate some of the sadness and fears they are dealing with.

    A divorce is a big transition for everyone involved. Use these tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible for your children. If you have any family law questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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How to Divide Pets in a Divorce

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

One of your most precious possessions can also be one of the most difficult to divide during a divorce. There are established guidelines and precedents for the division of all assets including the house, cars, investment funds, retirement assets, and all kinds of other assets in a marriage. However, pets are more like members of the family than possessions, and very often, there are legal disputes about who gets to walk out with the pet.  Read More

How Is Legal Separation Different from a Divorce?

Monday, June 01, 2015

A legal separation is separate and different from a divorce in California. A legal separation allows individuals to live separately from each other, like in a divorce, but individuals are not free to marry other persons. A legal separation will not legally terminate the marriage like a divorce will.

Sometimes, couples prefer to use the legal separation route rather than divorce. There may be a number of reasons for this, and most of these tend to be personal. For instance, they may have religious beliefs that do not allow them to get divorce. There may also be health insurance concerns, and one person may be at risk of losing health insurance coverage in the event of a divorce. In such cases, the couple may choose to file for legal separation that will allow them some of the benefits of divorce, without attracting many of the disadvantages of a divorce.

Sometimes, couples file for legal separation, and follow that up with a divorce. That often happens in cases in which the couple has not lived in a certain California county for sufficient time to actually fight for divorce there. Under California law, you must have resided in the county in which you intend to file for divorce for at least three months. If you have not lived in that county for three months, then you can file for legal separation. You can then follow that up with a divorce filing, once you have actually met the domicile requirements.

For help filing for legal separation, and understanding how this will affect child custody, alimony, division of assets and other aspects related to a divorce if you choose to file for divorce later, speak to a Los Angeles family lawyer.

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Tips to Surviving the Holidays for Single Fathers

Monday, December 01, 2014

The holidays are often a bittersweet time for single parents. This is the time of the year when family is stressed on more than any other time. Single parents may feel guilty, and find themselves battling negative feelings during the holidays.

If you are a single father, Los Angeles family lawyers advise that you have all your visitation dates, pick up and drop off details, and other details about the holiday schedule planned out well in advance. It's a good idea to have a conference with your ex-wife just before the holiday season begins, to make sure that you're both on the same page when it comes to children's visitation and plans for the holidays.

Make sure that you know exactly when the children will be with you. Plan celebrations that are simple, intimate, and prioritize the happiness of the children. Children look forward to the holidays, and the last thing they want to do is celebrate with far too many people that they don't know, or don't like.

If this is your first holiday after the divorce, invite the children to start a new holiday tradition or holiday ritual. This could be a ritual that you establish for you and your children, and it could be the start of something that continues every year. It could be something as simple as helping with cooking the holiday meal, or volunteering at a local shelter. Whatever you plan to do, make sure that it's something that the children will enjoy.

Don't overdose on guilt, and buy your children too-expensive gifts. Remember, your children are probably not spending as much time with you since the divorce as they would like to, and what they need the most during the holiday is your time and love.

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