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Apr 2020
28th Apr 2020

Adapting Your Co-Parenting Plan to COVID-19

child custody lawyersNow that we are a few months into the COVID-19 outbreak, many parents have adapted their co-parenting plan to account for the new landscape. Unfortunately, there still isn’t a clear end in sight for when the pandemic will “end.” Guidelines have varied from state to state, and government agency to government agency, giving everyone a sense of disorder and disarray.
20th Apr 2020

Mental Health Issues and Family Law in California

divorce attorneysWhile mental health issues are more prominently discussed these days, there is still a lot of taboo surrounding these topics. On top of that, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and there is still much we don’t know about how things can go “wrong” inside the human brain.
10th Apr 2020

Separated Spouses and Taxes: What you Need to Know

divorce lawyersThere are a lot of moving pieces when a couple decides to move forward with a divorce or legal separation. One of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the puzzle involves taxes post-divorce or separation. After all, including or submitting false or incorrect information to the IRS could result in a variety of penalties, fees, and more. 
2nd Apr 2020

Divorce during COVID-19: What are my Options?

divorce lawyersThe COVID-19 outbreak is having far-reaching effects that will impact us for not just months, but years to come. As of today, there are over a million confirmed cases in the U. S. alone, and roughly four times that amount across the globe. 

This has led to shuttering of various private and public operations, and family law courts are no exception. With limited options, this can pose a problem for those looking to get divorced, particularly if they are trying to escape a hostile home environment. 
Mar 2020
28th Mar 2020

What Happens When Death Occurs During Divorce Proceedings?

divorce lawyersAn unexpected death can upheave the lives of many, but the truth is there’s no working around or scheduling for tragic events. Tragedy can strike at any time, and divorce is no exception to this. When death does occur in the middle of divorce proceedings, how do the California family law courts proceed?
15th Mar 2020

I’m Planning to Divorce an Addict: What Should I Know?

divorce attorneysIt goes without saying that divorce is one of the toughest times in most people’s lives. However, things are significantly complicated when one of the spouses is an addict. Addiction comes in many forms and can include alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual behaviors, and more.

Addiction impacts everyone involved, not just the addict. This can make it especially difficult for someone to take the first concrete step towards leaving the marriage. For today’s post, we’re exploring the unique challenges faced by those trying to get a divorce from a spouse struggling with an addiction.
12th Mar 2020

What do Do When the Ex Uses False Accusations Against You

Family Law AttorneysAre you finding yourself on the receiving end of a false accusation during your family law case in CA? Enduring lies meant to make you look bad or otherwise “hurt” your case can be frustrating, and unfortunately, this is something that we see far too often during any type of contentious family law dispute.
8th Mar 2020

Language Fluency And Child Custody: How Does This Impact My Case?

family law attorneyChild custody disputes can be fiery and combative affairs, given the stakes at hand. At R & S Law Group, LLP, we’ve seen parents try everything to get even the smallest edge in court, from flinging false accusations to trying to intimate the other parents outside of court, and more.
Jan 2020
25th Jan 2020

Child Custody FAQs: What are Emergency Screenings?

family law attorneyIn California, a parent might be summoned to the family law courts for an emergency screening. This means that the courts have a reason to believe an immediate emergency exists involving a child, one that threatens his/her health or welfare. Thus, they want to conduct a quick investigation and make any court orders appropriate to the situation.
20th Jan 2020

What is an Ex Parte Court Motion?

family law attorneysIn California, it’s possible for someone to request an emergency court hearing or order. This is known as an ex parte motion, and is only reserved for situations that justify urgency. If granted, the judge then executes an ex parte order
15th Jan 2020

Legal Distinctions Between Marriage and Domestic Partnerships

family law attorneysIn California, domestic partnerships are afforded the same rights and benefits, as well as obligations, that are afforded to a traditional marriage. This includes all rights involving raising a child, protections for a partner if the other one passes away, the right to adopt, the right to own community property, and more.
4th Jan 2020

Legal Marijuana and your Child Custody Case

family law attorneysIn California, it’s legal for adults aged 21 and older to partake in recreational marijuana. This is a huge sigh of relief for users, and is considered by many a major milestone in progressive drug policy in the US.

While you can now legally use marijuana in the appropriate settings, scenarios that involve child custody matters are a different beast altogether. Today, we are offering key advice to keep in mind if you choose to use legal recreational marijuana while dealing with custody issues in CA.
Dec 2019
31st Dec 2019

Additional California Custody Tips to Know

family law legal adviceCustody battles and other related matters are possibly some of the most challenging facets of any divorce. Parents often fight passionately to make sure they end up on the “winning side.” While being concerned about your children’s future is reasonable, many parents take their behavior to an extreme. 
20th Dec 2019

After the Divorces: Unexpected Challenges You Might Face

Family Law AttorneysOver the years, divorce rates have remained steady and even climbed with some demographics. These days, researchers estimate that 1 in 2 marriages will end in divorce, which includes about 40% of all new marriages.
12th Dec 2019

Technology and Co-Parenting: An Asset or a Detriment?

family law attorneysPreviously, we’ve looked at ways in which you can use technology to bridge the gap between you and your children, especially after a divorce. Today, we’re continuing this topic from a slightly different perspective.
2nd Dec 2019

TIps for Handling Home Equity During a Divorce

divorce attorneysIn California, the cost of real estate can be astronomical. This is why so many people go in with their partner when making such large investments, and it’s not unusual for married couples to have shared equity of a home or property.

This can lead to complications if and when divorce is on the table. We at R & S Law Group, LLP, are familiar with these types of cases and can vouch for how messy they can get. To help give you an idea of what to expect, we’re going over the main approaches that couples usually work with in order to handle home equity during a divorce.
Nov 2019
28th Nov 2019

Reviewing the Benefits of Mediation on Child Custody Outcomes

Family Law AttorneysWe’ve covered the benefits of mediation before, but today we want to focus on child custody outcomes specifically. Over time, we’ve observed that parents who opt for mediation tend to enjoy better and healthier outcomes when compared to those who have a full-on custody battle. 
20th Nov 2019

Don’t Make These Common Child Support Mistakes!

family law legal advicePaying for and keeping up with child support payments can be tricky, especially when you look at how quickly the courts act to penalize parents who miss a payment or make a mistake. These rules are understandably designed to ensure parents are providing for their children’s needs at all times, but they can sometimes ensnare well-intentioned parents who might have made a simple mistake.
12th Nov 2019

My Spouse Wants a Divorce, What Should I Do?

divorce lawyersDivorce is usually initiated by one party, even if both partners feel the same way about the future of the marriage. Of course, there are cases where someone is blindsided by the prospect of divorce. Whether you see it coming or not, being on the receiving end of a petition for divorce can be nerve-wracking. 
2nd Nov 2019

Taking the Fast Lane: How Can I Expedite my Divorce in CA?

divorce lawyersAs we’ve discussed plenty of times on here, divorce is a complicated and lengthy process that can lead to unpredictable outcomes. Simply put, no one enjoys the legal process of getting a divorce. This often leads to clients asking us about a fast lane. Are there any options for couples who are looking to expedite their divorce in CA, or is everyone stuck on the same typical proceedings?
Oct 2019
30th Oct 2019

The Two Top Child Custody Questions in CA: Time and Money

family law legal adviceAt R & S Law Group, LLP, we deal with all types of complicated family law issues, including child custody disputes. Conflicts involving who gets to keep and see the kids are often some of the most heated and emotional debates, and understandably our clients have a ton of questions when dealing with these types of issues.
20th Oct 2019

Child Custody Evaluations: Why You Need an Attorney on Your Side

family law attorneyWhen custody disputes arise, the California family law courts often step to help determine custody arrangements. One tool that the courts rely on is a child custody evaluation. Here, court-appointed evaluators assess the situation and conduct a psychological evaluation to form decisions that propritize a child’s well-being.
12th Oct 2019

Filing a Restraining Order in CA: What You Need to Know

family law firmWhen abuse happens in a relationship, the safety of the victim and all other family members is always the biggest priority. In recognition of this, California family law has several mechanisms that are designed to help keep victims safe from their aggressor’s actions. One of these legal mechanisms is a restraining order.
5th Oct 2019

What is Considered Parental Kidnapping?

family law attorneysWhen a parent takes a child away from one parent, especially on a temporary basis, it might not seem like such a huge deal to involved family members. After all, the child is still with one of the parents during this time, right?