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. Although

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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. You

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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 search

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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 major

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Business Valuations for The Self-Employed During a Divorce

The path to a smooth divorce begins with an open discussion of your marital assets. In the state of California, a self-owned business that is acquired during marriage is treated as "community property." During divorce proceedings, the court will make decisions regarding the division of this community property to ensure both spouses are treated fairly. As part of this process,

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5 Common Effects of Divorce on Older Children

The Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale ranks divorce as the second most stressful life event a person can experience. Second only to the death of a spouse, divorce can be so traumatic that it can have lasting effects on children who witnessed their parents' marriage dissolve. The impact of divorce often varies with a child's age. Younger children have spent a relatively short period

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Tips on Co-Parenting after a Divorce

Once a divorce is finalized and the legal issues have been resolved, you must now deal with the reality of being two parents occupying two different homes. If your divorce proceedings were contentious, you may be facing some challenges knowing you will have to overcome feelings of anger, hurt, and frustration for the sake of your children. This is never easy, but for the sake of the children, this is the best option for everyone. Here are some helpful tips for making sure your

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How to Build Your Case for a Parenting Time Modification in California

One of the most contentious issues in any divorce is parenting time and child custody. Even after a divorce is finalized and the parenting orders are in place, parents are often unprepared for the lack of time they have with their child. It is important to understand that a parenting time agreement can be modified. In fact, a child custody order can also be modified under certain conditions. The primary issue a parent will have to deal with in deciding to file a modification of parenting time is whether the change is in the best interest

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Your CA Divorce Is Set For Trial What Should You Expect?

When you decide on a divorce, you may have expected you and your spouse to work out the challenges you were facing and simply have an agreement worked out and go to court and have your divorce finalized. Unfortunately, things do not always work out the way we expect. When it becomes impossible for you and your spouse to work out the contours of your divorce, sometimes having to have a trial is necessary. The first thing you should understand is a divorce trial is public and there are no jurors,

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What Happens To My Credit Card Debt After My Divorce?

California is a community property state. Because of this, many people often wonder what happens to their credit card debt after they divorce.  As with assets, there are two types of credit card debt which must be assessed in the divorce process, namely solely held debt, and jointly held debt.

Debt Which May be Sole Property

Any credit card which a person had prior to their marriage is considered sole property. All new balances are their responsibility with one possible exception:

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