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Don't navigate the hardships of family law issues alone

Our families are some of the closest people in our lives and for many, provide a solid foundation for any type of life crisis. Unfortunately, families aren't immune to getting caught up in serious arguments and battles. Getting mixed up in any type of legal dispute can be a stressful experience, but when those situations involve members of your family, the difficulty can be magnified many times over.

What parents can learn from Kelly Rutherford's custody battle

Since 2012, Gossip Girl actress, Kelly Rutherford continues to captivate imaginations with her spectacularly dramatic legal battles. She lost a six year international custody war with her German husband. She subsequently filed for bankruptcy which she was granted this year.

Dealing with modification and enforcement issues after a divorce

Among the things that generally come out of a divorce are certain court orders. Examples of common divorce-related orders are those regarding alimony, child support and child custody. Sometimes, important legal matters end up arising regarding these orders long after a divorce has been finalized.

Divorcing a business partner in California

For some couples, their marriage is not just about creating a shared life together; it is also about sharing a business. Being married to your business partner can be beneficial when things are going well, but troubles with your marriage may affect your business as well.

How California judges decide on a fair custody arrangement

For parents, few things matter more than being able to see their children on a regular basis and building a lasting bond with them. As you can imagine, divorce and legal separations can complicate matters, making it difficult for parents to regularly see their children without also having to see their ex more.

Walking down the aisle? It's time to think about a prenup.

When you first get engaged, you likely will only be thinking about the excitement of the upcoming wedding. You may have questions flooding your mind, but they will probably be focused on issues like the ceremony details and the type of music to play at the reception. While these are enjoyable parts of the planning process, there are other practical considerations that many couples should think about before taking the walk down the aisle.

Using vocational experts for spousal support determinations

One of the key considerations for determining spousal support is determining the earning capacity of each individual involved in the divorce. This is true of child support as well, but unlike child support, spousal support is not guaranteed. It takes the help of a skilled lawyer, and sometimes, the use of a vocational expert to determine whether spousal support should be included in a final decree for divorce.

Modifying Child Custody/Visitation Orders

Child custody and visitation orders generally are modifiable throughout the child's adolescence (generally up to age of 18) whenever the court finds a modification is "necessary or proper" in the child's best interests. [Fam.C. § 3022; see also Fam.C. §§ 3087 & 3088.] Because a family law court has continuing jurisdiction and the case remains "pending" even after entry of a dissolution judgment, the court can modify if it is "necessary or proper" in the child's best interest.

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