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Jan 2018
18th Jan 2018

Uncovering Hidden Assets During Divorce: Things To Keep In Mind

divorce attorneysAlthough the concealment of assets during divorce proceedings is illegal, many in California frequently try to stash away and conceal property and wealth in order to avoid splitting them up during the division of assets. Many take the risk of breaking the law because, frankly, people often get away with asset concealment in California.
11th Jan 2018

Do Moms Have An Advantage During Child Custody Disputes?

child custody lawyersIt’s a common complaint: many gripe that family law courts will always favor mothers over father when it comes to child custody and other family law disputes. While this assertion continues to be a prevalent one, the fact of the matter is that the courts are bound by the clearly-defined family law code, and in California, the law spells it out clearly: both mothers and fathers are equally entitled to having custody of their children.
10th Jan 2018

Defining Community Property and Asset Division in California

divorce attorneysCalifornia is one of the several states in the U. S. that follows community property laws, which brings forth all sorts of questions 04about property and asset division. To put it simply, community property means that all assets which are collected during the length of the marriage become marital property, and are to be split equally in half between the two individuals in the case of a divorce.
Dec 2017
25th Dec 2017

Adoption and Child Support in California

Families today are more dynamic than ever. As attitudes towards divorceFamily Law Attorneys and remarrying have relaxed, so have the number of nontraditional families that often involve step-children from earlier marriages, as well as different “sets” of parents at either home. When families where children are already present are formed, many new spouses often grow close to their stepchildren and some even opt to legally adopt them, officially making themselves that child’s legal parent.
18th Dec 2017

Divorce Versus Annulment in California: What Are The Differences?

family law and divorce legal adviceMarital conflict is often emotionally-draining, and it can be difficult to formulate your next steps when you are under duress and turmoil. You probably have thousands of questions swimming in your head, and thankfully a family law attorney can help provide you with some insight to most of these difficult questions. At the R&S Law Group, LLP, one of the first questions we hear is “should I get an annulment or a divorce?”
12th Dec 2017

How Moving Can Complicate Your Child Custody Arrangements

divorce attorneysMany divorced individuals are surprised to find just how complicated moving becomes following divorce proceedings. As California law was established to safeguard parent-child relationships and protect the rights of both parents, it accounts for the ramifications that moving can have on a parent-child relationship, and the state has strict guidelines in place. Parents who are looking to move somewhere else along with their child after divorce proceedings need to present their request for relocation to the courts, who can then choose to approve or deny the move.
4th Dec 2017

Millennials and Divorce: Their Attitudes towards Prenuptial Agreements

Divorce is never a straightforward process, and this is particularlydivorce lawyers apparent when it involves individuals with numerous assets. This is where prenuptial agreements prove to be a valuable tool, as they help protect individual interests when things to sour. However, they also often carry a bit of a taboo amongst certain folks, as they see prenuptial agreements as a sign of a weak foundation.
Nov 2017
30th Nov 2017

Divorce Proceedings in California: How Property Division Works

Divorce divorce attorneyscarries a myriad of issues that need to be worked out, including child custody arrangements, spousal support or alimony if applicable, and of course, the notorious process of property division. The latter in particular can lead to heated debates, as the outcome of your property division arrangements could have long-term financial and personal consequences.
23rd Nov 2017

Helping Your Children With Your Divorce: What They Need To Know

Divorce family law attorneysis an extremely difficult time for most people, and children in particular can be emotionally devastated. During this delicate time, it is especially important for you to provide them with the support that they need. Below, we’ve outlined a few key guidelines to help you and your loved ones cope with the challenges that divorce and family disputes often bring to the table. Remember, for more in-depth guidance, do not hesitate to reach out to us at the R&S Law Group, LLP. 
16th Nov 2017

Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce

Divorce divorce lawyersresolutions usually come about via two primary routes: mediation or litigation. Each of these legal venues carries its own benefits and downsides, but what many people don’t consider is the fact that there is a third option: collaborative divorce.
9th Nov 2017

Pets and Your Divorce: Guidelines to Keep in Mind

divorce attorneysEveryone loves their pets! This is why it might come as a surprise that, when it comes to divorce, California generally regards pets as property, lumped in with other assets and possessions that are to be split evenly between feuding spouses. Fortunately, the courts aren’t entirely rigid on this and, when both parties are able to collaborate in order to reach an agreement, they will entertain pet custody arrangements between two parties.
6th Nov 2017

Helping Your Children With Your Divorce: What They Need To Know

Divorce family law attorneysis an extremely difficult time for most people, and children in particular can be emotionally devastated. During this delicate time, it is especially important for you to provide them with the support that they need. Below, we’ve outlined a few key guidelines to help you and your loved ones cope with the challenges that divorce and family disputes often bring to the table. Remember, for more in-depth guidance, do not hesitate to reach out to us at the R&S Law Group, LLP. 
1st Nov 2017

Divorce, Your Children, and Social Media: Things To Keep In Mind

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Pretty much everyone is on social media these days, which means that so much information and data is but a simple google search away. While the convenience of social media certainly cannot be understated, its presence can (and often does) complicate divorce proceedings in unexpected ways.
Oct 2017
25th Oct 2017

Do I Really Need an Attorney for my Divorce Proceedings in California?

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This is a question that we at the R & S Law Group, LLP are often asked. The truth is, self-representation is not uncommon. In fact, nearly half of all divorces in California include one party who has chosen to represent him or herself, rather than rely on a divorce attorney.
18th Oct 2017

Alimony in a California Divorce

family law attorneysWhen a California couple divorces, the higher earning spouse may be required to financially support the lower earning spouse for a certain period of time. Also known as alimony, California law refers to these payments as “spousal support.” The purpose of spousal support is to ease the transition out of marriage to becoming an independent single person. Alimony is typically awarded in cases where one spouse has sacrificed their career and education advancement to devote time to domestic responsibilities.
11th Oct 2017

Surrogacy Laws in California

Surrogacy family law legal advicerefers to an arrangement when a woman agrees to carry a baby for a couple who is unable to do so on their own. There are two types of surrogate pregnancies: traditional (the surrogate provides her own egg, making her the biological mother of the child) and gestational (the intended mother or separate egg donor provides the egg, so the surrogate bears no biological relationship to the resulting child).
4th Oct 2017

Considerations When Adopting a Stepchild in California

Adopting family law legal adviceyour spouse’s child is a wonderful way to show your love and devotion to your stepchild. It can increase a child’s self-esteem, sense of belonging, and family bond. The positive impact of a loving stepparent is even greater when the child does not already have a close relationship with both his natural parents. Studies show children with two active parents perform better academically and are physically and emotionally healthier. However, adopting a child is not a decision that should be made hastily. There are legal, financial, and emotional considerations to keep in mind before making this lifelong decision.
Sep 2017
27th Sep 2017

California Child Custody Basics

child custody lawyersSeparation and divorce are always more difficult when there are children involved. Although some basic child custody and family law issues are handled consistently across all states due to the federal Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement act, custody laws can vary significantly by state. Child custody laws in California are determined by the California Family Code, Division 8 §3000-3465.
25th Sep 2017

Considerations When Adopting a Stepchild in California

Adopting family law legal adviceyour spouse’s child is a wonderful way to show your love and devotion to your stepchild. It can increase a child’s self-esteem, sense of belonging, and family bond. The positive impact of a loving stepparent is even greater when the child does not already have a close relationship with both his natural parents.
5th Sep 2017

Domestic Violence and Divorce in California

family law firmAll divorces in California are “no fault” divorces. However, when domestic abuse is present in a marriage, it can affect the divorce proceedings in several ways. This post outlines some of the ways domestic violence can affect the divorce process, financial settlements, and child custody decisions.
Aug 2017
29th Aug 2017

How to Establish Child Support in a California Divorce

child custody attorneysWhen a married couple with children decides to divorce, it is important to obtain a child support order as soon as possible. Finalizing a divorce can be a long process, and children need to be physically and financially cared for in the meantime.
22nd Aug 2017

Setting Up Visitation Time During Separation and Divorce

family law attorneyWhen a married couple separates, establishing a custody and visitation schedule is one of the most pressing needs on their minds—and arguably the most contentious issue in a divorce. The divorce process in California can take a long time, even years in some cases. Here is what you can expect as you and your spouse set up visitation time.
15th Aug 2017

Changing Your Name and Your Child’s Name After a Divorce

Changing your name after a divorce is a personal decision. Some may want to go back to their maiden name as soon as possibledivorce lawyers, while others will assume the last name of their children. Some women have grown accustomed to their married name and do not wish to change it at all. Still others, after a difficult divorce, can’t wait to adopt an entirely new identity.
10th Aug 2017

5 Biggest Mistakes People Make During Their Divorce

divorce attorneysAt its most basic element, divorce is simply the process of legally dissolving the contract of marriage in a (hopefully) equitable way. There should be no winners and losers in divorce. Unfortunately, sometimes people make blunders along the way that cost them dearly in the divorce process. Here are some of the most common and most painful divorce mistakes people regularly make: