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Getting Temporary Emergency Orders in San Diego Divorce and Family Law Cases

If you have a divorce or other family law case pending in a San Diego court, there’s a difference between getting a temporary order and an emergency order.  Temporary orders are common, and these are usually orders that a court makes after a hearing with all parties.  But sometimes one side may ask the court to make an order immediately—without notifying the other side and without a hearing.  This is called an “ex parte” order, and they’re not granted in the typical divorce or child custody case.  Continue Reading

How to Handle an Upside-Down Property in a Divorce

It once was the case that a jointly-owned house was a divorcing couple’s largest asset. However, in this poor economy, many divorcing couples find themselves with homes that are “upside-down,” worth less than amount owed on the mortgage. Upside-down property can be one of the most difficult assets to handle in a divorce.

When a divorcing couple owns a house worth MORE than the mortgage, one of two things usually happen: Continue Reading

Navigating the California Courts to Collect Unpaid Support

When a couple divorces, one spouse is often required to pay money to support the children (child support) and/or the other spouse (spousal support or alimony).  Unfortunately, getting an award for support and collecting it are two different things entirely.

It’s up to the spouse receiving the money to make sure that the money is being paid and to take action if it is not.  Courts in California will not step in automatically.  If your ex-spouse isn’t paying, then you or your attorney can ask the court to deduct support payments from their paycheck; this is called “wage garnishment.” Continue Reading

Relationship Conflicts and Divorce Law

It’s well known that divorces can be difficult.  Besides dealing with property division, alimony, child support, and visitation, the spouses must also cope with the array of emotions accompanying the end of their marriage.  Those emotions can worsen already-existing conflicts and make the divorce process more difficult.

As a sociologist recently explained, no marriage is conflict-free, and those conflicts may fall into one of four categories.  First are “one-time, solvable problems,” which are conflicts created by a particular situation, not a clash of personalities.  Second are “cyclical conflicts,” which are ongoing, but alternate between being a big problem at some times, a small problem at others.  Third are “deal-breakers” – the sort of conflicts that cannot be solved by agreement, because they arise from a fundamental difference in personality or belief.  Lastly, there are “wounding problems.”  These conflicts arise over and over – like cyclical problems – but they tend to produce feelings of hurt and frustration, and can be very difficult to resolve.  Continue Reading

Domestic Partnerships in California

People living in California are well aware of the ongoing controversy surrounding Proposition 8, the ballot measure seeking to ban gay marriage, which was passed in 2008 and subsequently upheld by the California Supreme Court.  However, in August 2010, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection.  The controversy is likely to go on for some time, as the case is expected to reach the United States Supreme Court.
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Child Support Obligations in California

It was recently reported that former San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie was $25,000 behind on child support obligations.  One of the mothers of Cromartie’s children filed a document with the court that prevented him from selling any property without first being current on his child support.  Cromartie has since caught up on his obligations after being traded to the New York Jets and receiving a $500,000 advance on his contract.

It is now more expensive than ever to raise a child.  The cost of raising a child from birth to the age of 18 is estimated to range from $180,000-$250,000.  As a child gets older, the expenses rise.  Older children are often involved in extra-curricular activities like music, dance, or sports.  If parents wish to pay for a child’s college education, this can easily add another $50,000 in expenses. Continue Reading

Divorce and Facebook: Could You Be Hurting Your Own Case?

Do you know who’s looking at your Facebook page?  Most people know that potential employers often check out your Facebook or MySpace profile before hiring you.  But, this is also an important consideration if you’re going through a divorce.  Your social media accounts (such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn) could contain a mountain of evidence that your soon-to-be ex spouse might use against you in court.

The use of online evidence in divorce cases has become so common that Time magazine recently featured an article about Facebook and divorce.  It has been reported by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers that over the last five years, 81% of its divorce attorneys have dealt with evidence obtained from social networking websites.  When someone is going through a divorce, these websites can serve as an outlet to express their feelings of anger, hurt, or disappointment.  But sometimes, a person’s online posts may come back to haunt them. Continue Reading

A Voluntary Declaration of Paternity in California

Mutually choosing to have and co-parent a child as an unmarried couple is a choice many people are happily making.  However, even is cases where a couple agrees to co-parent, paternity may play an important role in ensuring that the actual goal of co-parenting is achieved with ease, respect, and success. Failure to establish paternity could result in a father being denied a right to custody or visitation; or, in the alternative, deny a mother the right to receive child support.
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