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May 2022
20th May 2022

What Can I NOT Include In a Prenuptial Agreement in California?

family law attorneysPrenuptial agreements have seen an increase in popularity in CA, especially when it comes to high net worth individuals. Although many people regard prenuptials with disdain, others are able to successfully implement them early on to ensure that both individuals are on the same financial page. When used correctly, a prenuptial agreement can actually strengthen your resolution and security in the marriage, as it allots all parties more control in the face of uncertainty. 
15th May 2022

Main Reasons to Adopt Your Stepchildren in CA

family law attorneysThese days, blended families are increasingly the norm for many people. These arrangements are a great way for once-divorced parents to move forward and establish a new family, one where they and their children can feel safe and supported. Whether the children are from a previous marriage or from the new union, the benefits to re-integrating into a blended family are significant. 

 

The biggest leap that a stepparent can make to complete this picture is to formally adopt any stepchildren and take on the role of legal parent. For today’s post, we’d like to spend some time discussing the biggest legal and personal benefits that adopting a stepchild brings to parents, children, and other close relatives.

 

Increased Parental and Legal Rights

 

From a legal standpoint, formally adopting a stepchild carries significant benefits and rights that should not be ignored. When the adoption is finalized, the stepparent is granted the exact same parental duties, rights, and responsibilities that would normally be expected from a biological parent. This can enable you to make decisions about the child’s health, education, and more.

 

Increased Emotional Support and Smoother Transition

 

Although members of blended families often report positive experiences once things have firmed up, it’s true that parents and children who experience the effects of divorce can have a really difficult time. There’s lots of emotions and uncertainty to work through, and this can take a significant toll on the kids as well. 

 

When a stepparent moves to adopt his or her partner’s children, this can help ensure a smoother transition into the new family life. It demonstrates that you’re in it for the long haul and have no plans to abandon the family, which can further foster trust and a sense of security. 

 

Our Expert Attorneys Are Here To Answer Any and All CA Family Law Questions

 

The legal and emotional, as well as fiscal benefits of adopting a stepchild in California cannot be understated, but do note that the legal process itself can be complicated and time-consuming. If you and your family have determined that adoption of your stepchildren is the right call for you, the next step should be to consult with an experienced family law attorney. 

 

At R & S Law Group, LLP, we offer combined decades of experience and a team of dedicated legal experts who are here to walk you through any family law matter in CA. Whether you’re looking to adopt a stepchild, have questions about spousal support, are dealing with asset division, or are involved in any other family law matter in CA, know that we are here to help!

 

Cal us at (949) 825-5245 today to book a free initial consultation with our team of experts. 
10th May 2022

Taxes and Divorce in California: What To Look Out For

divorce attorneysWith the passing of each year, few things are as consistent as taxes. This applies to all working adults, whether married, divorced, or in the process of getting divorced. The IRS expects all taxpayers to file their taxes but, depending on their marital status, could have different rules and expectations for different groups of people. 
5th May 2022

Common Divorce Mistakes and Oversights to Avoid

divorce attorneysAfter years of helping clients work through many divorce and family law matters in CA, we’ve seen it all. One of the most valuable pieces of wisdom and experience often come from the things people do wrong, as opposed to what they are doing correctly. 
Apr 2022
15th Apr 2022

Dividing Debt During Divorce: Who Gets Saddled With the Bills?

divorce related financeAs your CA divorce approaches, you’re likely thinking and preparing for the long-term outcomes and your financial health. Not surprisingly, one of the top questions we get is “what do I get to keep, and what will he/she get to take away?” 
10th Apr 2022

How Internet-Connected Devices Could Impact Your CA Divorce

family law attorneysIn recent years, tons of common household devices have been upgraded with fancy Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities that allow homeowners tons of modern conveniences. These include being able to lock and unlock doors remotely, set AC and heating schedules and adjust them without touching the thermostat, manage household groceries and other chores, use a doorbell and other appliances for surveillance, and so much more.
5th Apr 2022

Preparing to File a Financial Order in CA

Family Law AttorneysIn CA, it’s possible for both ex-spouses to request a variety of orders or requests. Individuals can file multiple orders at once, and there are little or no limitations as to how many orders they can submit. However, an order isn’t automatically granted; the family law courts must assess the order and ensure it is valid and fair to all involved parties.
Mar 2022
28th Mar 2022

Summer Tips for Co-Parenting Effectively

child custody lawyersFor newly-divorced parents, adjusting to the new parenting schedule is a major adjustment. If this shift happens during the middle of the school year, the structure in place can help keep things a little more manageable. But what about summer, when kids are out of school for an extended period of time? 
20th Mar 2022

Key Pillars of Child Custody Law to Know in California

family law attorneysAs children are often unable to advocate for themselves and are some of the most vulnerable groups in society, custody law in CA tries to account for this and ensure their safety above all. In the midst of a heated custody battle however, it can be easy for parents to lose sight of this as they focus on their feud. 

Prep yourself with the knowledge that you need for your upcoming custody issues in CA. Today’s post is a look at the three most important pillars that CA custody law adheres to and is centered around.
11th Mar 2022

What Can I Do if My Spouse Won’t Sign the Divorce Papers?

divorce lawyersAs we’ve seen in many instances, getting a divorce is emotionally difficult and a logistics nightmare to begin with. Having to uproot your entire life, potentially separate your family into different arrangements, and facing the uncertainty of post-divorce life can be a lot for anyone. 
5th Mar 2022

Tips for Moving Your Career Prospects Forward After the Divorce

divorce lawyersA divorce changes more than your family life. Such a major upheaval can also affect things like your career growth and financial stability. Today, we thought we’d switch gears a bit and focus on tips that can help you keep your career on track even during and after your divorce proceedings. 
Feb 2022
20th Feb 2022

How is Spousal Abandonment Defined in California?

divorce attorneysWhen someone is unhappy in a marriage and wishes to end it, the next logical step for someone is to initiate divorce proceedings. However, there are instances of people choosing to walk away or simply “vanish” from the lives of their spouse and their children. 
15th Feb 2022

The Role of a Forensic Accountant During Asset Division

family law attorneysAs you prepare for your upcoming divorce, it’s important to keep the asset division process at the front of your head. Custody and support disputes are emotionally draining and it can be difficult to focus on anything else, but your post-divorce financial health is just as important. 
10th Feb 2022

My Ex Wants to Change the Custody Plan: What Should I Do?

family law attorneyFinally coming to an agreement on a parenting or custody plan can be an arduous and lengthy process. Once it’s set in stone, it still takes time for families to adapt and get used to the new routine. This is why, after all this preparation, it can be frustrating to see the other parent request a change to the plan, big or small.
5th Feb 2022

Splitting Custody of Multiple Children to a Different Parent in CA

family law legal adviceCouples with multiple children often face complicated custody issues during their CA divorce. Which parent should get primary custody of both, and is there any merit to “dividing” custody so that the children live under different roofs?
Jan 2022
20th Jan 2022

Pensions, Retirement Benefits, and Divorce in California

family law attorneyPeople work years and even decades to build up their pension and retirement benefits, and it is often one of the largest assets that a person owns. When divorce is on the horizon, that ownership could be threatened however. Along with any potential child custody and alimony matters to settle, there’s also asset division to contend with. 
15th Jan 2022

How to Enforce Custody When the Child is Taken Out of the Country

family law attorneyEnforcing custody can be a difficult battle, and this is doubly true in cases where the other parent might not be cooperating or sticking to the custody agreement in place. However, things become infinitely more complicated when one parent intends or succeeds in crossing international lines with the child. 
10th Jan 2022

Proxy Marriage in California

divorce attorneysIn a post-COVID world, we’ve increasingly gotten this question: when getting married, do you have to physically be in the same location as your partner during the proceedings? This isn’t a new or novel scenario, but it has increased with the prevalence of COVID. In CA, this question is actually addressed by the family law code. 
5th Jan 2022

Ask a Family Law Attorney: Sperm Donors and Child Support in CA

Family Law AttorneysIf you’re thinking about or discussing sperm donation with your partner or another party, it’s important that you are thorough with your research as you learn about the process of sperm donation as well as any ensuring legal responsibilities and ramifications. One of the biggest questions when it comes to sperm donation in CA involves child support. Namely, does child support apply in cases where a sperm donor was part of the equation?
Dec 2021
15th Dec 2021

Mental Health Assessment and Custody

family law legal adviceMany people in the U. S. struggle with mental health issues, and the pandemic has only worsened the outlook. Recent estimates place adults struggling with mental health issues at around 1 in 5, whether this involves depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Despite these struggles, many adults are still able to function and parent effectively. 
10th Dec 2021

Excessive and Unreasonable Spending During a CA Divorce

divorce lawyersThe asset division process of a divorce is meant to help split assets in a way that is equitable. Complicated assets, disputed ownership, and other conflicts can complicate the process, but these are all common scenarios that family law courts are equipped to work through. 

However, what if one person has decided to blow as much of the marital wealth as possible in preparation for divorce? This could have a notable impact on the other person’s assets and wealth during asset division. Fortunately, the courts can also scrutinize this and adjust as needed, but only if they assess the situation and deem the expenses to be unreasonable or excessive. 
5th Dec 2021

Custody Agreement Violations Range in Severity

family law attorneyCustody agreements are generally set in stone and parents are expected to follow them diligently, whether both parents came to a mutual agreement or whether the family law courts handed down the arrangement. Things happen however, and minor deviations are often overlooked when both parents are working together in good faith. 
Nov 2021
20th Nov 2021

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You File a Restraining Order in CA

family law attorneysAbuse in the family home can often spiral out of control. Domestic violence and abuse are often major contributors to divorce, and can threaten the safety and well-being of the entire household. In CA, there are tools that victims can rely on to try and stay safe from the threat of harm or continued abuse. One of these primary tools is what is known as a restraining order. 

Restraining orders are serious matters, and can include a variety of conditions and stipulations. For example, someone who has a restraining order placed against them might be barred from approaching the victim, owning guns, could force them to move residence, and more. 
15th Nov 2021

Ask a Divorce Attorney: How NOT To Prolong Your CA Divorce

divorce lawyersMost of the time, resolving a divorce as expediently as possible is to everyone’s benefit. There are less costs involved, less potential for emotional fall out and drama, and it allows everyone to move on with the next chapter of their lives. 

At R & S Law Group, LLP, we understand how important it is for a California divorce to move forward as smoothly as possible, and leverage our expertise to help our clients with divorce matters of any kind. For today’s post, we’re sharing tips to keep in mind as you seek to keep your divorce proceedings as short as possible.