While 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.
This 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.
As 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.
The 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.