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Oct 2020
28th Oct 2020

Extreme Political Ideologies and Custody: How Does this Impact my Case?

family lawFor many people, the election is just another in the constant four-year cycle of American politics. For others, however, it has become much more and many have been pushed to extreme or polarizing ideologies that are causing a rift between family and friends.

For today’s post, we are looking at how political ideologies can impact your custody case. This doesn’t apply to just recent political debates, either. Many people worry that their ex has unusual beliefs, buys too much into conspiracy theories, and more, which prompts them to ask about this topic.
18th Oct 2020

Confidentiality Agreements Can Be A Powerful Tool During your CA Divorce

divorce attorneysMany people regard confidentiality agreements in divorces suspiciously. It’s true, they have a bit of a reputation as a tool used by wealthy, powerful men to shield themselves from public scrutiny. When used to silence victims of harassment or pending litigation, it’s hard to disagree with critics. This is a shameless and illegitimate use of this tool, one that has tainted its reputation. 

However, there are legitimate reasons to implement a confidentiality agreement in your upcoming CA divorce. For today’s post, we’re looking at what a confidentiality agreement could mean for your divorce.
10th Oct 2020

Date of Separation: What Does This Date Mean For My CA Divorce?

divorce lawyersFor many people, the date when they separate from their ex-spouse carries significant emotional impact. However, there’s also legal implications to this specific date, and the family law courts assign it significance for their own purposes.

Today’s post is a refresher on dates of separation. We’ll cover how a date of separation is assessed, and what implications it carries for your divorce proceedings in California. 
5th Oct 2020

When Does a Parent’s Obligation End in CA?

family law attorneyChild support is an important mechanism that helps ensure all children are cared and provided for, even after a messy divorce. Child support is often a contentious point in most divorces, and is one of our areas of focus here at R & S Law Group, LLP. 
Sep 2020
29th Sep 2020

Key Tips for Helping you and Your Child Succeed with Online Learning

family law attorneyWe’ve spent some time discussing how the new online “normal” has impacted child custody arrangements and made it harder for parents to work together. However, another added stress to this is the fact that online learning can make the learning process itself more challenging. Added distractions, technological hurdles, and unexpected outages are just some of the issues parents have to worry about.
20th Sep 2020

Prenuptial Agreements: What is Off-limits?

family law attorneysA prenuptial agreement allows two people to come to a legal agreement before they tie the knot and are officially married. They’re often used to hash out financial arrangements if things go south and the couple separates, but can include other terms and stipulations as well.
10th Sep 2020

Do You Feel Trapped in a One-Sided Relationship? Warning Signs to Look out For

family law legal adviceIn our experience, while divorce is often caused by a variety of complex factors and circumstances, there are many times where contention and resentment can be traced back to one partner’s selfish or self-centered actions. Relationships should be about give and take and while it’s not always constructive to quantify who brings what to the table, the fact is that self people exist and they are often good at manipulation.
6th Sep 2020

The Limits of Mediation: When Should You Skip the Negotiations with the Ex?

hand_ shakeWe’ve spoken highly of using mediation as a tool to help you resolve any family law matter quickly and efficiently. In addition to promoting collaboration, which is key in ensuring co-parenting plans are effective, mediation helps you save time and money as you get to skip the tradition in-court proceedings.
Aug 2020
28th Aug 2020

Can I Trust My Attorney? Warning Signs to Look Out For

family lawAs your court date draws near, do you have everything checked off? How about your attorney? Do you feel he/she has prioritized your case and helped set it on the right track? 

Despite what popular jokes might assert, attorneys are just people. This means some are good at their jobs while others, well not so much. This is why we always advise clients that they really scrutinize their attorney, which is what we’re focusing on in this post. 
20th Aug 2020

Is There a Correlation Between Major Life Events and Divorce?

divorce attorneysThe COVID-19 pandemic has certainly proven itself as a major life disruptor, with the virus continuing to spread for over half a year. The added stresses and challenges have certainly led to higher divorce rates in California, and across the U. S.
14th Aug 2020

Many Essential Workers Dealing with Tough Custody Issues

family law attorneyThese days, essential workers find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Many are exposing themselves to a potentially deadly and poorly misunderstood virus just to pay their bills. There’s little or no additional hazard pay, and many of these jobs don’t have the highest pay to begin with.
3rd Aug 2020

Retirement Accounts and Divorce: What Are My Options

divorce lawyersFor those who are looking to get a divorce in CA and are close to the age of retirement, one question always pops up: what happens to my retirement accounts when we split up? Considering the high value of these types of assets, the concern is certainly justified. 
Jul 2020
29th Jul 2020

Adopting as a Single Person in CA: What to Know

divorce attorneysWhen people think of adoptions, they think of parents looking to provide a home for a child in their shared household. They don’t often picture single people adopting but lately, more and more single people have been taking upon this responsibility. Recent data shows that annually, around 15,000 single women and 2,000 single men adopt a child in the United States.
20th Jul 2020

School Choice Disagreements and Litigation: What Factors are at Play?

divorce attorneysDivorced parents often butt heads over many topics, and school choice is no exception to this. After all, where your child goes to school is a major life decision that impacts everyone involved. 

You might not hear this topic much in dramatic court TV shows or movies, but school choice often leads to major disputes in family law proceedings. For today’s post, we’re looking at the ways which parents can approach this conflict, and going over the factors that the courts consider when they have to step in with a decision on school choice.
10th Jul 2020

Breaking Up Over a Video Call: How COVID-19 is Pushing Virtual Divorce

divorce lawyersDue to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many courts across CA remain closed for divorce proceedings. This has stalled or outright stopped many divorce proceedings, which comes with its own major life interruptions on top of other COVID-19 restrictions. 
2nd Jul 2020

Dealing with a Narcissist during Divorce

divorce lawyersThese days, the word narcissist is tossed around without caution. But just because the word is overused doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of people with narcissistic tendencies out there. This manifests itself in traits such as arrogance, manipulative behaviors, and more. 

Can people help being a narcissist, or is this something that is part of their nature? While this ages-long question might never be answered, people still have to deal with narcissists. Being married to one can be truly enraging and stress-inducing, so you can only imagine how divorcing them might play out. 
Jun 2020
28th Jun 2020

Heterosexual Couples May Now Opt for a Domestic Partnership in CA

family law attorneysA new law that became effective at the beginning of this year gives heretosexual couples an additional option other than marriage: a domestic partnership. With the passing of this law, all couples in the state of CA can now choose between getting married or being recognized by the government as a domestic partnership.
18th Jun 2020

An Overview of Child Support Arrears in CA

family law legal adviceAfter a divorce, a family court judge might find it appropriate to assign child support payments to one party. These are payments designed to cover the needs and living expenses of any involved children, and the exact amount can vary based on the overall family circumstances and lifestyle.
10th Jun 2020

Fathers’ Rights During Custody Disputes: Where Does the Court Stand?

family law attorneysWe’ve previously discussed the ways in which California family law courts determine custody and visitation arrangements, and today we’d like to build on that discussion. Specifically, we want to talk about how California family law courts approach father’s rights vs mothers’ rights during traditional proceedings.
3rd Jun 2020

Child Custody Settlement or Dispute? Benefits of Collaborating with the Ex

family law attorneyPredictably, child custody issues are some of the most challenging discussions that divorcing parents have to engage in. In many cases, growing resentment and a desire to “win over” the kids in the ensuing fallout can cause people to become combative. Litigation is often on the table, which often takes serious financial and mental toll on all involved parties.
May 2020
28th May 2020

Tips for Keeping Your Marriage Strong During the COVID-19 Pandemic

divorce attorneysCOVID-19 has changed a lot for many people. Your family’s daily routine likely looks nothing like it used to, and these sudden changes can stress test even the strongest of marriages. Divorce rates have spiked since the pandemic set in, highlighting just how challenging it can be to navigate these issues. 
20th May 2020

Help. My Ex is Sending Me Threats or Other Abusive Communications!

family law legal adviceSome divorces are more civil than others. Then there are those where one party refuses to let up, and will constantly harass the soon-to-be-ex out of rage, jealousy, resentment, and more. In our experience, the hostility can happen throughout the entire proceedings, and doesn’t always taper off after the divorce is finalized. However, the aggressive behaviors often reach their peak at around the same time that litigation is taking place.
10th May 2020

A Review of Mediation: When Does Alternative Dispute Resolution Make Sense?

Family Law AttorneysYear after year, client after client, it becomes more apparent that alternative dispute resolution such as mediation carry major advantages. At R & S Law Group, LLP, we always emphasize legal strategies that best protect our clients and their loved ones. Mediation is often one of our top suggestions given how much it benefits everyone involved, but there isn’t a simple solution to all divorce cases.
4th May 2020

Divorce Rate Statistics: Where are they Trending?

divorce lawyersWith online venues continuing to act as the primary channels for discussion, there are countless viewpoints and “stats” about divorce out there. We’ve come across rumors of every kind, sometimes even contradictory statements or arguments on the same page.