Does Bankruptcy Affect Support Obligations?

178634351Support issues are difficult enough when the parties are solvent, but what happens when one of the spouses goes through bankruptcy? Can support obligations be discharged? And on the other side, can the receiving spouse still collect if he or she files for bankruptcy?
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What to Do About Property Left Out of the Divorce Agreement

ThinkstockPhotos-526076097The parties thought they had covered everything (or maybe one party was being sneaky), but it turns out that some property was left out of the divorce proceedings and thus never made it into the judgment. Here’s how to deal with that situation—and how to better protect your client before this situation arises. 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

When Financial Discovery Gets Complicated

hats_153049007Many family law attorneys are used to doing it all and wearing many different hats. But financial discovery can get complicated enough to warrant bringing in a specialist. Continue reading

Protecting Privacy During Divorce

privacy_200393443-001Going through a divorce is difficult on many levels. Your client may feel like his or her personal life is laid bare for everyone to see. As an attorney, you can’t protect your client from the emotional exposure involved in divorce, but you can take measures to protect your client’s financial laundry from being publicly aired. Continue reading

Until the End of the Contract Do We Part

The rumor that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes signed a five-year marriage contract prompted a New York Time’s article on the idea of 20-year renewable marriage contracts as a way of overhauling marriage in our society. The idea of short-term, renewable marriage contracts can be appealing, but would such agreements be enforceable under California law? The hitch may be in California law’s abhorrence of anything that promotes divorce. Continue reading

Estate Planning in a Blended Family

Blended families are very common today—from the Kardashians to the Jolie-Pitts, Hollywood has myriad examples. In a blended family, there are children from a prior relationship and also perhaps children with the current spouse. This situation presents many blessings and challenges, including those for estate planning attorneys. Even if your clients’ assets are modest, planning for them in the context of the “blended family” requires careful analysis. Continue reading

A New Take on the Quicky Divorce

A “Divorce Hotel” may be coming soon to a luxury hotel near you! As the New York Times explains, “Check in on Friday, married. Then, with the help of mediators and independent lawyers, check out on Sunday, divorce papers in hand, all for a flat fee.” Not surprisingly, this concept may have the makings of a reality show too. Continue reading

What Can and Can’t Go Into a Premarital Agreement

With the recent nuptials of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, there has been speculation as to whether the billionaire Facebook CEO had Ms. Chan sign a premarital agreement. We may never know the answer to that question — at least not if the marriage is a successful one — but we do know that premarital agreements are recognized under California law. But that doesn’t mean you can agree to anything in a premarital agreement; there are some things that you just can’t sign away. Continue reading