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Apr 2019
30th Apr 2019

Studies Find Most Children of Divorced Parents Don’t “Pay the Price”

family law attorneysIt’s a common sentiment across the country: staying together is good for the well-being and development of the kids. For decades, divorced parents have been scorned and children of divorce couples judged as “damaged” or “troubled.” These fears are so common that many unhappy couples will tough it out for the kids and remain in an unhappy marriage.
20th Apr 2019

Does the Exact Date of Separation Impact Divorce Proceedings in CA?

family law firmAs plenty of our clients have experienced, marriages don’t always end in a clean-cut divorce and every step of the process could be rife with conflict. There are times where even the exact date of separation becomes a hotly-contested issue, with neither party unable to agree to the exact date of the official separation.
10th Apr 2019

Interstate Issues in Child Custody Disputes

child custody lawyersCustody disputes are complicated enough within the same state. Add having to cross state lines to the mix and these types of disputes can become lengthy and drawn out. At R & S Law Group, LLP, we get asked about this type of situation a lot. This is particularly true these days as people are more willing than ever to relocate for job opportunities, etc.
5th Apr 2019

Is it Possible to Reopen or Dispute a Divorce Settlement in California?

divorce lawyersAt R & S Law Group, LLP, we strive for outcomes that align with our clients’ interests. Once a divorce is settled, many parties in California are more than happy with the arrangements and are now free to move on with their lives.
Mar 2019
26th Mar 2019

Divorce and Cryptocurrency in CA

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With all the buzz around Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency, people have begun to dip their toes into this new world of digital currency, and many with the means to do so have invested heavily. There is nothing wrong with this on its own, and buying/selling cryptocurrency is perfectly legal in the U. S. However, this type of currency can seriously complicate divorce proceedings, especially because the technology is so new and family laws haven’t necessarily caught up yet.
18th Mar 2019

Older Couples and Divorce: Additional Challenges to Consider



While divorce is never easy for anyone, older couples have an additional set of challenges that they need to account for. These days, divorce amongst older Americans is on the rise, which is why we thought it would be a good idea to cover this topic in this week’s blog post.
10th Mar 2019

Choosing a California Family Law Attorney: Why Accessibility Matters

family law legal adviceAt R & S Law Group, LLP, we understand that choosing an attorney can be a difficult endeavor. There’s several factors to consider, including the attorney’s reputation, the track record of the law firm, and more. One aspect that many people overlook however is accessibility.

For this post, we want to highlight how an accessible and attentive attorney can make a difference in your California divorce, particularly in contrast to less attentive lawyers. After all, you don’t want to end up with a lawyer who is always busy or has trouble giving you and your case the time of day.
5th Mar 2019

Should I “Strike First” and File For Divorce Before My Spouse Does?

divorce lawyersAt R & S Law Group, LLP, we get all sorts of questions about every aspect of divorce, questions spanning from when papers are first filed up to after all arrangements have been finalized. For this post, we’re looking at the first steps in a California divorce in order to answer the following question: are there any benefits to “striking first” and filing for divorce before your spouse has a chance to?
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.