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Sep 2018
24th Sep 2018

Tracking Down a Lost Ex Who Owes Child Support

family law attorneysThis is a scenario that is far too-common: an ex has seemingly vanished into thin air along with his/her required child support payments. This situation can quickly become a nightmare, as may divorced parents rely on those payments to clothe and feed their child, as well as provide a roof over their head.
21st Sep 2018

Preparing for your Upcoming Custody Hearing

family law attorneysAs our clients know, custody hearings carry huge implications for the lives of everyone involved, and they should not be taken lightly. In California, a custody hearing is overseen by a family law judge whose decision is ultimately based on promoting the child’s best interests. As a result, it is the court’s duty to analyze the situation in-depth, consult with each parent, and capture as much of the “picture” as possible before handing down their decision.
14th Sep 2018

Holiday Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents

divorce attorneysThe holidays are fast approaching, which means family gatherings, vacations, and of course, the need to plan for logistics and sort out arrangements. For divorced or separated parents, this can be an especially stressful time. We thought this would be a good opportunity to go over a few set of tips to consider when navigating the upcoming holidays, especially if you’re dealing with an ex-spouse or complicated child custody arrangements.
7th Sep 2018

Dealing with Distance: Tips for Effective Co-Parenting

child custody lawyersAt R & S Law Group, LLP, we advocate co-parenting as an effective option for families in transition. After all, the benefits of a continued, meaningful relationship with both parents are tremendous, and parents should always prioritize the well-being of their children above all else.
Aug 2018
27th Aug 2018

College Debt and Divorce: How Student Loans Impact Your Proceedings

divorce attorneysAs we discussed in an earlier post, money is one of the biggest causes of conflicts and stress in a marriage. In fact, financial conflict is one of the leading causes of divorce across the nation. What many people don’t expect, however, is the possibility that these financial issues could follow them long after the divorce proceedings have concluded.
27th Aug 2018

Cheating, Affairs, and Asset Division in California

divorce attorneysCheating and infidelity are heartbreaking, and when people find out that their spouse has strayed, it can feel like their entire world has turned upside down. After all, the person whom they have trusted and cherished has actively chosen to betray them. Despite the pain that it is sure to bring, many victims of infidelity rightfully choose to walk away from their marriage.

Nobody deserves to endure this kind of betrayal from their partner, which is why many seek to start a new life once they catch wind of their partner’s actions. In these cases, we are often asked about how an affair or other acts of infidelity impacts divorce proceedings and asset/property division. To help address some of those concerns, this post examines California’s stance on divorce, as well as ways in which infidelity could potentially impact the process of dividing assets and debts.  
27th Aug 2018

Ask a Family Law Attorney: Explaining the Differences Between Legal and Physical Custody

child custody attorneysCustody arrangements are tangled and confusing affairs for many, especially in light of California’s complex legal family law code. Nonetheless, the terms of your custody arrangement will impact every aspect of your life, as well as that of your loved ones, so it’s important that you stay in the loop and remain informed during every step of the way.
27th Aug 2018

Contested and Uncontested Divorce in California: What are the Differences?

divorce lawyersWhen a marriage hits a point where there is no salvaging the relationship, many couples take the time to sit down with one another and determine whether divorce is the best options. This often makes things easier for everyone, as it can allow for both parties to find common ground and could set the stage for a more amicable, simpler divorce process.

In our experience however, a simple and “easy” divorce takes more than just a mutual agreement to part ways. In California, divorces are categorized as either contested or uncontested. This post looks over the nuances of each type of divorce, helping you determine which course of action makes the most sense. Remember that for more specific counsel, we at the R & S Law Group, LLP are just a phone call away.

Uncontested Divorce

As the name implies, an uncontested divorce is one where both parties are able to come to an agreement in all things relating to divorce proceedings. That’s right, there’s more to an uncontested divorce than a simple, mutual agreement to end the marriage. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse need to see eye to eye on everything, including who gets what assets, how child custody and support are to be implemented, and how spousal support will be handled (if applicable).

While uncontested divorce are certainly easier, quicker, and cheaper than other options, it’s not always the best choice. If you and your partner disagree on even a single issue, it’s likely that you are headed towards a contested divorce.

Contested Divorce

Contested divorce is more common for a reason: this is where couples are unable to agree to the terms of the divorce, or even whether the divorce should take place. This is where the courts and the California justice system step in in order to help hash out all the details. In a contested divorce, the final say goes to the judge rather than you or your feuding partner, making it a riskier, more costly option. If the situation calls for it, however, there’s just no getting around it and a contested divorce might be the right choice for you and your loved ones.

Explore Your Divorce Options With a Qualified California Divorce Attorney

Everyone’s circumstances are different, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all solution to divorce in California. That said, your first step when dealing with divorce, child custody disputes, or any other matter relating to family law in California should be to reach out to a qualified attorney.

If you see a divorce in your near future, do not hesitate to reach out to us at R & S Law Group, LLP. Our seasoned attorneys are standing by, ready to provide you with the assistance that you need during these trying times.

Call today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney.
Jul 2018
24th Jul 2018

How A “Gig-Based Economy” Helps Separated Parents Hide Income

Family Law AttorneysEveryone feels the pressure of inflation and as various “gig-based” apps have evolved, people have increasingly shifted over to gigs such as part-time driver for Uber or AirBnb host for property rentals. While this type of “online” work has allowed many to keep up with their bills and provided exciting opportunities for people of all backgrounds, they can seriously complicate things when it comes to child support payments in California.
20th Jul 2018

Social Security Benefits and Divorce: How Does it Work?

divorce lawyersDivorce is a major disruption in anyone’s life, and California residents understand that divorce can lead to significant changes in one’s financial well-being. At R & S Law Group, LLP, we are often asked about how divorce affect social security benefits, especially when they are tied to the soon-to-be ex-spouse.
13th Jul 2018

Ask A California Divorce Attorney: More Top Reasons that Lead to Divorce

divorce lawyersFor this post, we’re continuing the previous discussion and examining common reasons that cause married couples to drift apart and seek out a divorce. As always, remember that this is no substitute for tailored legal advice from a qualified professional. With that being said, let’s dive into some of the other primary reasons for divorce in California (and pretty much everywhere else).
6th Jul 2018

Ask A California Divorce Attorney: Top Reasons for Divorce

divorce lawyersMarriage is a often a beautiful thing, but as many of our clients can attest, it can also turn into one’s worst nightmare. Sweet, caring partners can sometimes to turn into narcissistic or controlling spouses, either rapidly or at a more gradual pace. This can be frustrating and dismaying, especially when the source of the contention is unclear or difficult to pinpoint.
Jun 2018
28th Jun 2018

Getting Back Together with the Ex: Things to Keep in Mind When Getting Re-Married in California

divorce attorneysPeople who get divorced end up getting back together quite frequently, more than popular narratives might have you believe. Sometimes circumstances line up right and people find themselves at a different place, and other times a couple's attempt at a second chance just works.
21st Jun 2018

Ask A California Divorce Attorney: Re-Examining Common Divorce “Truths”

Divorce is one of those things that everyone seems to have an opinionfamily law and divorce legal advice on, and divorce myths have spread like wildfire over the last decade or so. Unfortunately, not everyone is always able to discern fact from fiction when it comes to divorce myths, which is why these falsehoods continue to be perpetrated.
14th Jun 2018

Supervised Visits: Exploring Your Custody and Visitation Options in California

child custody lawyersAt R & S Law Group, LLP, we are often asked about a variety of visitation matters and procedures in California. Many of these questions center around restricted visitation arrangements such as supervised visits. To help clear the air, this post examines how supervised visitation arrangements are set in motion, then briefly touches upon the reasons that the family law courts in California generally grant restricted visitation arrangements.
7th Jun 2018

Visitation Plans in California: What Should I Include?

family law attorneyParents who want to avoid drawn out courtroom proceedings in California will often opt to create a visitation plan with an ex-spouse instead. Also known as parenting plans or "custody and visitation agreements," these plans helping divorcing couples lay out expectations for themselves and for their children as they move forward with their new lives.
May 2018
25th May 2018

Are you Thinking of Filing for Divorce? Ask Yourself These Questions First

divorce lawyersThough divorce is a common occurrence in the U.S., it is by no means simple or easy. We always implore our clients to explore alternate solutions before moving forward with a divorce, especially if the proceedings are likely to be contentious affairs.

This is why we have drafted this quick checklist of questions to go over before proceeding with a divorce. Consider yours answer at length and as always, know that you can reach out to us at R & S Law Group, LLP directly if you would like for one of our legal experts to weigh in on your situation and provide qualified advice.
18th May 2018

Divorced Mothers Face a Variety of Financial Hurdles and Obstacles

child custody lawyersFor single moms, the challenges that come after a divorce can be overwhelming. Fortunately, being aware of these challenges is the best way to help prepare for them. Having a well-defined action plan can help you effectively navigate your new life, especially when it comes to the financial challenges of having to cover your family’s needs all by yourself.
11th May 2018

Dealing with an Uncooperative Co-Parent? Tips for Maintaining a Cool Head

divorce attorneysAs if divorce proceedings weren’t difficult enough, many parents have to deal with an uncooperative ex-partner once the divorce has been finalized and all child custody/visitation arrangements have been established. This can be infuriating, especially when it becomes a regular occurrence, and many parents are understandably thrown into a fit of rage when their ex once again fails to keep his/her end of the bargain or willfully defies previously-established arrangements.
8th May 2018

Divorce and Asset Division: How Cryptocurrency Complicates Matters

divorce attorneysAsset division is always a tricky aspect of divorce, especially when neither party is willing to work with one another. After all, it is in each individual’s interests to move quickly and formulate strategies that will help them avoid the “short end of the stick.” These strategies could involve something as simple as recruiting the assistance of qualified legal counsel, or shadier tactics like deliberately concealing or hiding assets.
Apr 2018
24th Apr 2018

Selling a House During a Divorce in California: How Does it Work?

DivorceDivorce Attorneys on its own carries enough stress and complications as-is! Add the sale of a home to the mix, and things can quickly become overwhelming. As you look to sell your home and divide the equity during your pending divorce, a plethora of questions and concerns are sure to pop up. This is why we at the R & S Law Group, LLP decided to write up this quick guide that can provide answers to some of those questions.
19th Apr 2018

Ask A Family Law Attorney: Making A Good Impression During Your Family Law Case

child custody attorneysIn California, both parents are to be treated equally when dealing with matters such as divorce and child custody disputes. The family law courts avoid favoring one parent over the other without reason. Furthermore, judges are supposed to ensure that their decision is impartial, free of bias, and based solely on the facts at hand. However, just like everyone else, judges are not immune to bias. They may intentionally or unintentionally introduce their own personal perspectives, potential biases, and other opinions that might skew their view and potentially place you at a disadvantage.
12th Apr 2018

Tips for Designing an Effective Parenting Plan for School-Aged Children

divorce attorneysDivorce is always a challenging and difficult time for everyone, and young children can be especially vulnerable to these changes. School-aged children in particular can suffer more than younger siblings due to having a stronger sense of awareness. To help make things easier for them and for your family, we’ve decided to compile a quick list of tips to keep in mind when designing a parenting plan with school-aged children in the mix.
5th Apr 2018

Living with an Ex-Spouse during a Pending California Divorce

divorce attorneysWhile many divorcing couples can’t wait to get out of each other’s hair, moving out of the family home can be difficult when a divorce is pending. Thus, many feuding couples are forced to continue living with one another as they wait for their marriage to be terminated. While this is never a pleasant scenario for either party, there are some steps you can take to make things a little easier.