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Will summer vacation save your marriage?

Summer is finally here! For couples who have been experiencing a lot of marital discord, summer vacation can seem like a pivotal opportunity to get your relationship with your spouse back on track. Even if you and your spouse just have a "staycation" at home, you may have some high hopes that the time together -- minus the stress of your daily routine -- can renew your love and give your marriage the boost it needs to hold together.

Don't count on it, however. Research confirms what divorce attorneys have long believed: New filings for divorces tend to rise right after both the summer and winter vacation periods.

Dividing up the art and collectibles during divorce

You've always been an art lover -- and so has your spouse. You've amassed a significant collection of pieces in your life together. Now that your marriage is ending, however, you have to find a way to split the collection fairly.

This is a common problem that can pertain to just about any kind of collection that you have. Even something that you thought of as entirely "your thing" can become part of an ugly battle for the marital assets. For example, your spouse may never have so much as left a fingerprint on your coin collection but will now claim that half of its contents (or value) is really theirs.

What are the 'best interests of the children' in California?

You're absolutely convinced that your ex is a terrible parent and that the kids would be far better off in your physical care most (or all) of the time. It only seems reasonable to ask the court for sole physical custody.

Before you do that, however, take a moment to make sure that you understand what the court will take into consideration when reviewing your request. You and your ex may have vastly different philosophies about life and approaches to parenting -- but that isn't likely to concern a judge.

Who can apply for a restraining order and how long does it last?

Domestic violence is a serious issue here in the United States. California law defines domestic violence as physical or verbal abuse that a person has received from someone they share a close relationship with. There are instances in which the abuse may get so bad that a victim feels the need to take additional steps to protect themself from further harm. Many individuals look to take out restraining orders in such situations.

California's Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) is designed to protect a person and any children they have under the age of 18 from physical or sexual assault, molestation, harassment, stalking and battery. DVPA also protects individuals from being subjected to threatening phone calls or having their personal property destroyed.

Pursue child support whether you need it or not

You are fortunate to have a good job and earn a nice income. Even after you and your child's other parent split up, you will have the means to support your children and provide for all they will need.

In fact, you won't really need to ask your ex for child support. Should you leave that topic out of your divorce or other uncoupling decisions?

"Couple friends" and the LGBTQ divorce: What happens next

One of the unique challenges same-sex couples often face when they divorce is that their community of friends tends to be unusually integrated with their spouse's community of friends. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in any given area tends to be somewhat insular.

When you share friends with your spouse, splitting up can be extra difficult. After all, you don't want to lose your friends at the same time you lose your spouse, right?

Good News for Support Modifications during COVID-19 Pandemic

Good News for Child Support & Spousal Support Modifications during COVID-19 Pandemic.

On 04-20-20, the California Judicial Council approved temporary emergency rule #13, which allows a bit more certainty for individuals who are requesting changes to child support and spousal support due to reductions to their income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signs that an abusive partner's behavior is escalating

Abusive behavior seldom start out in an obvious way. Since abuse is about power and control, the abuser usually begins by breaking down the victim's self-esteem and impairing their ability to fight back or leave.

But abuse rarely remains low-key for long. Since abusers continue to crave that feeling of power and control over someone else or their situation, anything that threatens their emotional stability also threatens their victims. Abuse can escalate quickly.

Child Support & Stimulus Payments

CHILD SUPPORT & STIMULUS PAYMENTS

Economic stimulus payments under the CARES Act are scheduled to be sent to Americans during April. Find out how the payment is determined, how it is paid, and what happens if you have divorced since you filed your last tax return. But, what if you owe child support arrears? Will you still get your stimulus check?

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