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How Has COVID-19 Affected Divorce Rates in CA?

The effects of COVID-19 have been felt the world over, and nowhere is that more evident than in divorce rates throughout the U.S. Some sites have even reported that online searches in divorce-related ...
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Does Early Retirement Affect Spousal Support?

Making the decision to leave the workforce is not one you take lightly. It takes time to calculate your expenses, evaluate your retirement or pension funds, and determine whether or not you can retire ...
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Is it Legal to Adopt an Adult?

While many people think adoption is strictly for children under eighteen, it is legal to adopt adults as well, and the process is virtually identical. Our attorneys at Cutter & Lax, Attorneys at ...
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What Is Custody Mediation? Everything You Need to Know.

If you are dealing with child custody in the state of California, you might be required to go through child custody mediation or Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC). This mediation is ...
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Custody Rights of Unmarried Mothers in California

Now that we’re in the 21st century, more children are being born out of wedlock than ever before. Not only has having children outside of marriage become socially acceptable in today’s ...
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Why You Won't Be Getting a Stimulus Check for Your College Student

In the middle of March 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, states across the country took ...
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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in California?

Are you a grandparent who is curious to know if, under California law, you can seek visitation of your grandchild? If so, it’s a valid thing to want to know. After all, each state’s laws ...
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How COVID-19 is Impacting California Child Support Cases

In March of 2020, President Donald Trump declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was a national emergency. Since then, lawmakers and state health departments have taken sweeping action to slow the ...
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So, You Want to Change Child Custody

Suppose you have had a child custody order in place for six months, a year, or maybe even several years, but now, things have changed and you feel the arrangement should be altered to better ...
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Becoming a Single Parent After Divorce

Parenting is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences, but it’s also one of the most challenging, especially during the toddler and teenage years. If you’re a parent who is going ...
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Stepparents and Child Support in California

Under California law, parents are required to support their children whether they are married to the child’s other parent or not. In almost every divorce, one parent is ordered to pay child ...
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Can I Get Child Support Without Establishing Paternity?

These days, it’s becoming increasingly common for couples to have children outside of marriage. Sometimes, the pregnancy is unplanned but other times, a couple purposely starts a family with no ...
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Can I Stop Paying Child Support if My Ex Won't Let Me See My Kids?

Unfortunately, when unhappy couples divorce, their problems can follow them after the marriage ends. If they had bad communication during the marriage or if they were in the habit of hurting each ...
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Are You Guilty of Parental Alienation?

When spouses get divorced, it’s not uncommon for them to harbor a lot of resentment. Often, such resentment stems from infidelity, lying, financial irresponsibility, emotional abuse, narcissism, ...
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Guardianship in California

Are you interested in becoming a guardian of a child? If you have taken a child in, or if you plan to, you’ll need to become the child’s legal guardian in order to make decisions about the ...
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Terminating Spousal Support in California

When a couple divorces in California, a judge may order the higher-earning spouse to pay spousal support to the lower-earning spouse. Some states call this “alimony,” but in California, ...
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Helping Your Child Cope Through Divorce

If you’re going through a breakup and divorce is on the horizon, it’s probably affecting you emotionally and physically, even if it’s truly for the best. You may be having sleep ...
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Supervised Visitation in California

Families and even parentage in the absence of a marriage can be complicated, but for a mother or father to lose their parental rights, they usually have to do something extreme, like commit severe ...
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How Divorce Can Affect Your Job

We help clients understand and deal with all of the financial and legal aspects of their divorces, but there’s an often underlooked aspect of divorce that impacts almost everybody. It’s ...
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Can I Avoid Child Support with Joint Custody?

If you’re a parent who is facing divorce, we don’t have to tell you that one of the hardest parts of divorce can be splitting up the children so they spend time in two, separate ...
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A Child's Custody Preference in California

When it comes to divorce, child custody can be one of the hardest things for parents to deal with, especially if the parents cannot agree on where the children will live. In fact, concerns over child ...
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Can Child Support Be Taken from SSI?

For years now, child support has been collected for the most part through withholding income from a parent’s paycheck. However, if a parent is receiving workers’ compensation, Social ...
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California is a Community Property State

In the United States, there are two methods for dividing marital property in a divorce : equitable division and community property. While the majority of states use the equitable distribution method, ...
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Child Support Arrears & License Suspensions

In all 50 states, there can be serious ramifications if a parent falls behind on their child support payments. Licenses for example, can be impacted by the failure to pay child support. We’re ...
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2019 Changes in Spousal Support Tax Laws

For over 70 years, spousal support has been tax deductible for the paying spouse and counted as taxable income for the receiving spouse. Due to this tax law, divorcing spouses felt they had room to ...
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