Sharing Custody When Parents Don’t Share Religion

ThinkstockPhotos-164550089A court-ordered parenting plan governs how parents will share the “care, custody and management of their child,” a fundamental liberty interest recognized by the United States Supreme Court. This liberty interest encompasses parents’ interests in religious freedom and their right to teach and share their religious beliefs and practices with their children. What happens when each parent wants their child to share very different religious and cultural traditions?  Continue reading

What If the Ex-Spouse Hits the Jackpot?

Money rainA couple gets divorced and one is ordered to pay spousal support to the other. But then the one getting support hits the lottery, inherits a lot of money, or has some other financial windfall. Is the support payer off the hook? Continue reading

Shacking Up May Shake Up Support

101395434It’s popular knowledge that remarriage is the death knell to spousal support, but did you know that cohabiting can also affect spousal support? With love and plans to live together floating around on this Valentine’s Day, it’s wise to consider this financial reality. Continue reading

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Employee Benefits

131723011Employee benefits may be one of the biggest assets involved in a divorce—often similar in value to the family residence. With so much money on the line, identifying, valuing, and dividing benefit plans is a priority. Here are 5 steps you should take whenever employee benefits may be involved in a separation or divorce. Continue reading

10 Tips for Drafting a Parenting Plan

ParentalRights_3502001When parents don’t agree on a child custody issue, the parenting plan is the tiebreaker. Given this power, family law attorneys need to draft parenting plans with the utmost care to make sure that uncertainty and ambiguity don’t undermine the best intentions. Continue reading

Are Parents Required to Pay for College?

185939630The following is a guest blog post by Maggie LaBranch, a solo practitioner located in San Jose, California. Her passion in law shines in making personal connections and building relationships in her family law and trusts and estates practice.

The case of the New Jersey teenager who left home and then sued her parents for payment of continuing private high school tuition, living expenses, and future college costs put fear into parents nationwide. Even the judge noted the “potentially slippery slope” involved in the 18-year-old teen’s case, which she ultimately dropped. But it brings up the related issue of parental obligations for the education and living expenses of their older teens in the context of separation and divorce. What are these obligations under California law?

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Danger Ahead: 7 Child Custody Clients to Avoid

For each attorney, there are many cases that he or she ought to turn down. One reason to decline a case is a client that is likely to be nothing but trouble for you. Continue reading

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