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California Family and Estate Laws vs Other States: What’s the Difference?

2020-10-02T10:56:34-07:00September 29th, 2020|Business, California Law, Divorce, Estate Planning - Wills, Trusts, and Probate, Family Law|

As a citizen of the United States, we all feel as if we know how laws should be enforced simply because “that’s how it’s done in my state.” What we all fail to understand (or don’t want to understand) is that each state has the constitutional right to create laws for the benefit of their [...]

Child Custody Across State Lines and the Ramifications of COVID-19

2020-10-02T10:55:38-07:00July 28th, 2020|California Law, Child Custody, COVID-19, Custody, Family Law, Uncategorized|

After a divorce, parents may feel they and their child need a change of scenery. This is understandable; however, always make sure to inform the non-custodial parent if that change of scenery means taking a child across state lines. Temporary Vacations If this change is temporary, say to visit relatives or go on a vacation, [...]

Divorce Is A Last Resort: Staying Married Through COVID-19

2020-10-02T10:55:19-07:00May 26th, 2020|COVID-19, Divorce, Family Law|

There is always an abundance of emotion in a time of crisis. Right now, as we attempt to navigate through the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are faced with an extra amount of personal, financial and professional stress, anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Marriage is hard enough during regular times; it’s even more [...]

Changing Your Child’s School When Joint Custody Is Involved

2020-04-29T16:05:44-07:00March 24th, 2020|Child Custody, Family Law|

Have you been thinking of changing your child’s school? With all schools closed for the time being due to the impact of COVID-19, and some states, including California, stating they may remain closed until the near year begins in September, now is a good time to begin the process of changing schools. This is especially [...]

Guardianship — An Overview

2020-02-25T18:51:29-08:00February 25th, 2020|Child Custody, Custody, Family Law, Guardianship|

Guardianship may seem easy to understand on the surface, but there is a lot more to it than you might realize. Firstly, guardianship is not the same as adoption. Where adoptions give the guardian permanent parental rights over a child, guardianship is temporary and does not normally remove all parental rights from biological parents. Secondly, [...]

Common Misconceptions of Unmarried Couples

2019-09-24T08:26:00-07:00September 24th, 2019|California Law, Child Custody, Custody, Family Law|

Recently, there’s been a rise in the number of young unmarried couples living together and older couples merely “shacking up” instead of getting married. What these couples may not understand is that simply being in a long-term, committed relationship does not give them the rights and benefits of a married couple. Misconception – California is [...]

Protect Your Pup with a Pet Prenup

2019-06-25T08:30:13-07:00June 25th, 2019|California Law, Custody, Divorce, Family Law|

A prenup for a pet? Why? Because you love your pet. We know you do. Whether it be a dog, a cat or even a horse, they aren’t just a piece of property you have to walk and feed. They bring joy, comfort and friendship; the deep bond you form with your pet makes them [...]

Achieving a Diplomatic Divorce

2019-04-30T08:38:12-07:00April 30th, 2019|Divorce, Family Law|

You probably already know this, but divorce is never easy. Despite what you see in films and television, love and marriage aren’t always forever, and very rarely is a divorce a mutual endeavor. One side is inevitably going to be hurt by the other’s decision to leave. This does not mean, however, that a divorce [...]

New California Laws in 2019

2019-02-26T14:25:35-08:00January 29th, 2019|Business, California Law, Family Law, Legal Documents|

Let’s be clear: plastic straws have not been outlawed in California. However, as of January 1, 2019, restaurants (with the exception of fast food) may not provide you with a plastic straw unless you specifically ask for one. In addition, all restaurants must provide a healthy drink, such as milk or water, as the default [...]

Fact vs. Fiction: Foster Care, Adoption and the Instant Family

2019-02-26T14:27:15-08:00December 26th, 2018|Child Custody, Family Law|

There are currently hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. foster care system. To help shed light on foster care and adoption, director Sean Anders tapped into his own experiences to co-write and direct the new film, Instant Family. There’s a lot you can to take away from the film if you’re considering adopting [...]