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Don’t Suffer in Silence – Domestic Abuse in California

In California, domestic violence is defined as disturbing the peace of another. The abuse or the threat of abuse is directed against someone with whom the abuser has or had an intimate relationship: spouse, former spouse, registered partner, former registered partner, other parent of the abuser’s children, lived together, used to live together, dating, currently… Read More »

Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Attorney

It is possible to file for divorce in California without an attorney such as when the divorce is simple, with no children or shared assets. However, most cases are more complex than that. If there are child custody, child support, property division, spousal support or other issues, an experienced lawyer is essential to ensuring your… Read More »

Developing a Holiday Schedule for Your Child(ren)

A holiday schedule for your child(ren) takes precedence over the usual custodial schedule and is in addition to the regular custody and visitation schedule. The setting of a holiday schedule is a common practice for Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, Thanksgiving and/or any religious and/or culturally significant special days, to name a few. Some considerations to payattention… Read More »

Helping Your Children Cope With a Separation or Divorce

Children may experience the different stages of grief during their parents’ separation or divorce: Shock and denial that their parents are separating Anger because their parents are separating Depression, overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness and sadness during a divorce Bargaining, attempting to make things the way they were before the divorce, promising themselves or their parents… Read More »

Does California Recognize Parental Alienation?

Disputes about child custody are stressful on parents and the child(ren). In severely damaged relationships between spouses, the child(ren) usually suffers the most from the parents’ continued battles and becomes caught in the middle of the parents’ issues with one another. One main concern that parents have when experiencing disputes about custody is parental alienation. Parental Alienation Syndrome… Read More »

Divorcing from a Partner with a Personality Disorder

Obtaining a divorce can be complicated and overwhelming under most circumstances. On top of that, a spouse with a personality disorder adds another level of complication. The thought of leaving a partner with a personality disorder can be scary … You may not know how your spouse will react … You may have children to protect. Despite these… Read More »

Child Custody Evaluations in California

Parents in the Superior Court’s Domestic or Family Court Court need a plan for caring for their child(ren) after they separate and when their marriage or partnership ends.  When parents cannot agree on a parenting plan by themselves or with the help of a mediator, the judge will decide child custody and visitation at a hearing… Read More »

Implementing a Parallel-Parenting Plan

In a high-conflict separation or divorce, a parallel-parenting plan may be the best option for your family. Disengaging from the other parent with as little conflict as possible could ensure that your children are raised properly. With the help of experienced child-custody attorneys, you can develop a plan that is suitable for your child(ren) and… Read More »

When to Use Parallel Parenting Plans

Parents who separate will need to plan caring for their children and sharing custodial time and where they will live or how they will spend their time. A parenting plan is the parents’ written agreement about: (1) time-share: when the children will be with each parent; and (2) decision-making: how the parents will make decisions… Read More »

Can a Child Legally Have More than Two Parents in California?

Many children have two parents; in rare cases, a child, or children, may have more than two people acting as parents in every way. Separating a child from a parent has a devastating psychological and emotional impact on the child, including when separating a child from the person whom the child regards as a parent…. Read More »