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Feb 2019
22nd Feb 2019

I Received a Divorce Summons, What Are My Options?

family law attorneysIn California, a divorce is usually initiated when one party sends the other party a summons and petition for the divorce process to move forward. The summons provides some details on matters such as what you can and can’t do with your assets, property, etc. and prevents you from leaving the state with your children. This document should be reviewed carefully, as it is imperative that you follow the guidelines established within.
19th Feb 2019

Why You Need an Attorney When Dealing With Surrogacy in CA

Family Law AttorneysMany couples who struggle or are unable to have children can consider a variety of alternative options in California, which includes adoption and surrogacy. The latter option can be particularly appealing, especially for couples who are physically unable to have their own child, carry higher than usual pregnancy risks, or for couples in a same-sex relationship.
10th Feb 2019

Debunking Myths about Prenups

family law firmFor many, prenuptial agreements continue to hold a certain level of taboo or stigma to them. This isn’t all that surprising, especially because most soon-to-be-wed couples are focused on the romantic and happy aspects of marriage. Nonetheless, we at R & S Law Group have seen the importance of prenuptial agreements time and time again, and have decided to focus this discussion on going over common prenup myths.
5th Feb 2019

How Mediation Sets You Up for a Smoother Divorce Process

divorce lawyersThe process of getting a divorce is never a pleasant one, and there’s rarely such a thing as a “positive divorce.” Things get especially stressful and complicated when litigation becomes part of the process, or when disputes are taken to the family law courts in CA. However, there is such a thing as “better divorces,” particularly when exploring your legal options outside of litigation.
Jan 2019
30th Jan 2019

Do Grandparents have Parental Rights in California?

family law attorneyThere’s a variety of situations in which grandparents might want to seek custody of their grandchildren. Sometimes a child’s parents are unable to care for their child and meet his/her basic needs, yet they might refuse to give up custody. Or perhaps a parent passed away, leaving the child with a stepparent rather than a biological parent.
23rd Jan 2019

After Divorce, Which Parent is in Charge of Important Childcare Decisions?

divorce lawyersParents who are looking to get a divorce often understand that they are both entitled to custody and visitation rights, barring any unusual circumstances. Other aspects of a post-divorce parenting arrangement aren’t always so clear-cut however. At R & S Law Group, LLP, we get a lot of questions about which parent can expect to be “in charge.” In other words, who gets the authority to make important decisions on various aspects of the child’s life?
10th Jan 2019

Married Last Names: An Overview of the Options in California

family law attorneysFor a long time, marriage traditions in the U. S. dictated that a bride should take her husband’s last name after getting married. While this continues to be a popular arrangement with couples across the country, there are situations where alternate options need to be explored. For example, in a same-sex marriage, who should take on whose last name? Furthermore, there are many women who would rather retain their full name even after the wedding.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options for couples to choose from in California. For this post, we’re providing a quick overview of married last name alternatives that you and your soon-to-be spouse can consider before the knot is tied for good. As always, remember that you can contact our seasoned family law attorneys directly if you want more information about this topic, or about any matter relating to marriages, divorces, and family law in CA.
3rd Jan 2019

Do the 2019 Federal Tax Laws Affect Spousal Support in CA?

family law attorneysAs you might have heard by now, the new tax code went into effect on January 1, 2019. This tax code overhaul is significant, and the US hasn’t had such a comprehensive tax code reform in over 20 years. Needless to say, the new set of laws has left people asking all kinds of questions, especially in regards to family law matters such as spousal support.

This month, we want to shed some light on how these new tax laws impact spousal support in California. For a more detailed discussion as it pertains to your specific needs, don’t hesitate to contact us directly at R & S Law Group, LLP. For now, here’s a quick overview of spousal support under the new tax laws.
Dec 2018
20th Dec 2018

Preparing for an Uncontested Divorce in California

divorce attorneysWhen both partners mutually agree to a divorce, they can opt to file for an uncontested divorce in California. They often agree on matters such as child custody/visitation, parenting plans, and asset division ahead of time, which contributes to an overall smoother process.
20th Dec 2018

Understanding Nesting, A Popular New Co-Parenting Approach

Family Law AttorneysOver the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about “nesting” or “birdnesting,” a new approach that is increasingly being adopted by separated parents across the nation. This strategy carries many advantages (and a few notable disadvantages), and newly-separated parents who are looking to implementing a co-parenting plan would do well to consider a nesting arrangement if conditions are right. To help, this post provides a quick overview of nesting and its advantages/disadvantages.
20th Dec 2018

Tips for Dealing with the Everyday Stresses of a Pending Divorce

divorceWe spend a lot of time discussing divorce and court proceedings in this blog, so for this post, we thought we’d shift our attention to an issue that is part-and-parcel of any divorce: dealing with the stress of everyday affairs while divorce constantly sits on the back of your mind.
20th Dec 2018

My Divorce is Pending, what Does this Mean for my Dating Life?

divorce attorneysLife is unpredictable and new relationships can form at any time, including while a divorce is still pending and in the air. While most people feel that they are free to pursue a relationship during this time, the legal side of things can be a bit more complicated, and it’s not uncommon for us to get questions about how a new relationship might impact a divorce that is pending.
Nov 2018
19th Nov 2018

California Child Custody and Drug Testing: How Does it Work?

child custody lawyersDrug and alcohol abuse continue to be a rampant problem in California. Not surprisingly, this has an effect on divorce and child custody proceedings. After all, substance abuse is a leading cause of divorce across not just California, but the entire country as well. Even if the divorce itself wasn’t caused by drug or alcohol abuse, many divorced parents can become concerned if they suspect that the ex is using drugs or alcohol when in custody of the kids, or if his/her ability to parent is being compromised by substance abuse.
19th Nov 2018

Divorce Arbitration in California

divorce lawyersIf you’re going through a divorce in California, or plan on getting one in the near future, it’s worth exploring all of your options. There’s a variety of alternate solutions that can give you more control over how your divorce proceeds, including mediation and arbitration.
19th Nov 2018

Choosing the Right Custody Arrangement for the Holidays

family law attorneysThe holidays are a festive time, but as divorced parents across all of California can tell you, they can also be riddled with logistical complications and disputes around who gets the kids when. When it comes to shared custody, the holidays are no exception and parents are still entitled to their percentage of custody that has been previously established. This means that parents often need to work together in order to figure out a holiday schedule that works for everyone while ensuring that all custody obligations are being met by all parties.
19th Nov 2018

Broaching the Topic of Divorce with Your Spouse

People who want to get a divorce usually spend time mulling over the idea, thinking about the reasons behind their emotions and desires. As a result, they often come to terms with the concept before the topic has been broached in a marriage. This isn’t the case with the other partner, and it can be difficult to predict how someone will react when they get wind of their spouse’s intentions to divorce.
Oct 2018
30th Oct 2018

Cohabitating with your Partner? Why You Need A Clear Agreement in Place

Family Law AttorneysThese days, younger people are increasingly opting to cohabit with their partner as opposed to getting married. There are also others who see cohabitation an essential step that comes before marriage. While this type of arrangement can make a lot of sense, there’s a few considerations that cohabitating couples should spend time discussing with one another, at least when it comes to the financial side of things.
30th Oct 2018

An Overview of Marriage Fraud and Immigration

family law attorneysThese days, scrutiny for foreign nationals who are seeking immigration benefits is high. This is especially true for those who are planning to get married with an American citizen. After all, romance knows no borders, and marriages between citizens of different countries are a frequent occurrence.
30th Oct 2018

California Divorces are Increasingly Complex after Trump Tax Cuts

Family Law AttorneysWhile the new tax laws have been discussed by the media and other outlets extensively, they don’t actually go into effect until this year, which means people didn’t have to account for them until now. This has left family law attorneys, accountants, and other professionals scratching their heads as they work to understand how these changes will impact everyone.
30th Oct 2018

Navigating Pet Custody in California

divorce attorneysEverybody loves their furry companions, and most of us see our pets not just as animals, but as cherished members of our families. Naturally, when separation and divorce are on the table, arguments and disagreements about who gets to keep Fido are bound to crop up.
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.