Is A Custody Plan Necessary If You Just Separate?

Is A Custody Plan Necessary If You Just Separate?

When married partners get a legal separation, they are not divorced, but they are no longer married either. That usually means they live at separate locations, and their children must travel back and forth to see them both. This can potentially cause additional hardship to children who are already going through the painful process of having their parents split up.  The State of California has a keen interest in the welfare of its children. So California

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How to Change an Estate Plan After a Divorce

Going through a divorce is painful at every step and in every way – emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially.  Unfortunately, yet another step that is important for couples not to overlook during this challenging time is updating the estate plan that was in place when they were happily married. If they do, assets upon death could be dispersed to an ex-spouse, which is not a happy thought. Even worse, if that ex-spouse remarries, assets could be given to that new spouse and their children.

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Divorce and Your Retirement Plan – Removing Your Spouse as a Beneficiary

Back in 1994, David Egelhoff lived in Washington state and worked for the Boeing Company. It was a respectable job with a good pension plan and a life insurance policy. He had been married a couple of times. He had two kids with his previous wife and was just coming out of a divorce with his second wife, Donna Rae Egelhoff.  Two months after David signed the papers to finalize the divorce from Donna, he got in

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Keep it Simple, Keep the Inheritance Separate

The Millennial Generation continues to break the traditions of previous generations. Never scared of asking questions and doing things differently, these 25-to-40-year-olds are veering away from joint bank accounts and keeping their money in separate accounts. Millennial parents also have one eye on the future. Almost 30% of them have already started saving for their kids’ college. Although less than half of these parents are aware of 529 plans—tax-advantaged plans used to invest in the education of individual childr

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Custody and Visitation Arrangements if an Ex-Spouse is Relocated Due to the Military

What Happens to Custody and Visitation Arrangements if an Ex-Spouse is Relocated Due to the Military? Parents who are divorced work hard to develop workable visitation arrangements prior to their marriage dissolving. The court's stance has always been what is in the best interest of the child or children of the marriage. Once a divorce is finalized, custody and visitation schedules are put in place to avoid disrupting the child's life as much as possible.

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How Criminal Charges Can Affect Child Custody in California?

To be blunt, criminal charges can, and likely will, affect the custody of your child in California. There are various degrees of criminal charges, and the more severe a charge is, the more impact it will have on your custody case.  A judge will always decide a custody battle with the best interest of the child in mind, which is why a criminal history may not always be detrimental or affect child

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Parenting Time and Summer Vacation Modifications

Regardless of how good a parenting plan is, there are bound to be disputes over how vacation times are handled. This is particularly true during summer vacation periods. Children are out of school until fall and their schedules are completely upended. This leaves parents in the predicament of deciding how best to deal with vacation issues when juggling two different schedules which may conflict with each other.

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Custody Rights of Non-Biological Parents in California 

Today, many children are part of blended families. While this is a positive thing, unfortunately, when the current family is torn apart by divorce, there are a number of issues which must be confronted, including whether or not the non-biological parent should have rights to claim custody of a child. Y

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Bitcoin is Here to Stay—Handling Cryptocurrencies in a Divorce

Make sure your divorce attorney understands you have Bitcoin assets when you are discussing division of property. More divorces are involving cryptocurrencies than ever before, and the value of those currencies in some situations is extremely high. It is critical, as with every divorce, that both parties properly report their assets; if one fails to do so, the

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Student Loan Debt and Your Divorce—Who Ends Up Paying?

Student debt is increasingly becoming the principal debt commitment for people in their 20s, 30s, and even their 40s and beyond, overtaking credit card and vehicle loan debt (and often an obligation that makes even acquiring home mortgage debt difficult). In a divorce between a couple with significant student loan debt, the question of who will be responsible for the debt after the marriage, as well as whether the other party should be reimbursed for any payments made on the debt during the marriage with community funds (income earned during marriage), can be a

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