December 2012 Archives

California divorce: How infidelity can turn into alimony

Infidelity is a frequent reason for divorce, but rarely is it ever taken into consideration by the courts when the non-cheating spouse tries to get spousal support. In a no-fault divorce state like California, the courts are not interested in which side is to blame. However, spouses who wish to factor cheating into the divorce settlement may have better luck outside of court. For those who did not draft a pre- or postnuptial agreement with an infidelity clause, there are a couple other options to consider.

California man retains child custody in medical marijuana case

Parents may lose custody of their children for a myriad of reasons. If they use drugs, for example, there may be a concern that they are endangering their children. When it comes to medical marijuana, the courts may have to decide if a child is safe in an environment where it is used. Recently, a California man was allowed to retain child custody despite smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes.

California child support payments are mandatory without change

As many of our readers in California know, child support payments are mandatory when they are ordered. When the non-custodial parent of a child fails to pay the child support that they owe, the result can be a financial hardship on the custodial parent working to raise the kids. In addition to this strain, the non-paying parent could face penalties for their actions that include fines and jail time.

California disabled parents seek child custody law changes

California is among the few states that have recently adjusted their laws to better protect parents with disabilities, one report indicates. This protection can help a disabled parent as they seek to alter an agreement in a child custody battle. Without the support of the law, many disabled parents assert that they suffer discrimination as they fight for their children.

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