Tag Archives: family law

5 reasons Why child custody orders are important

By | April 13, 2016

One of the most important features of developing a parenting plan is turning that arrangement into a child custody order.

Should I Hire a Divorce or Custody Lawyer?

By | March 24, 2016

Should you represent yourself in a divorce? Some couples can successfully divorce without the help of an attorney, while others are not so lucky. Understanding the circumstances in which it is best to hire a divorce lawyer can make a big difference in your divorce.

Government Divorce Form Error

By | February 11, 2016

It is feared that over 2000 divorces will be affected by the Government’s online divorce form fault. The fault on ‘Form E’ was only discovered in December last year and had been available on the Government’s website since at least April 2014. This form can be used by a separating couple to calculate their financial settlements. 

Why are Divorce Rates Falling in the UK?

By | February 5, 2016

The latest data released by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that divorce rates are at their lowest level for 40 years. The end of World War II in 1945 and the liberation of divorce law through the Divorce Reform Act of 1971 saw divorce rates sharply rise, and there has been a steady increase in divorces… Read More »

Is it Time for Blame Free Divorce?

By | January 28, 2016

This January marks the first anniversary of Scotland’s historic first same-sex marriages. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 that made these weddings possible showed that family law is beginning to catch up with societal attitudes. However, there is still a lot of work to do.

Why is Algebra Needed to Calculate Child Support?

By | January 28, 2016

I need to calculate child support.  Let’s see. First, we find the percentage based on number of children.  I multiply my gross income by this percentage.  Is gross before taxes or after?  Then, we minus this number from the mother’s gross income.  Yeah, like she really shares the real number.  Then we find the common denominator, carry the… Read More »

Can I Leave My Home & Kids

By | December 15, 2015

Has the arguing and tension in the house reached DEFCON 1?  Are you walking on egg shells and every encounter with your spouse a potential explosion?  Needless to say, living in the same house while planning or while going through a divorce can get interesting. All the arguing in front of the kids can’t be healthy.  One of… Read More »

Does Cheating Matter to Judges

By | September 18, 2015

According to some estimates 17% of marriages end because of a wandering spouse.  Women cheat to gain an emotional connection, while men cheat mostly for sex. The most likely times for cheating to occur are during the first year of marriage, following the birth of the first child, the seventh year of marriage (the infamous seven year itch),… Read More »

Hope for Better Access to the Courts/Family Code 2003 Revision (Jan. 2011)

By | June 27, 2011

Access to an Attorney and the Real Cost of Self Representation During my 33 years as an attorney practicing Divorce and Family Law in California, I’ve witnessed many changes in the rules controlling how our courts manage these cases. By far, one of the most important family law changes to date concerns getting court orders for attorney fees… Read More »

Divorce, Children and the Holidays

By | December 13, 2010

Every parent should want to raise their children to lead happy, healthy lives as productive members of society. If possible, divorcing parents want their children to be free of the stress and strife caused by breakup of the family. Unfortunately, the holiday season has the potential to create hostility, turmoil, chaos, and stress. This can cause children to… Read More »