Riverside Family Law Blog

Lying in family court earns woman jail time, not custody

Lying in family court can cost you both custody and jail time.

A woman from California is learning that lesson the hard way after she perjured herself in family court. She won't know her actual sentence until January 2018, but she faces a potential of four years in prison.

Mobile lives and custody issues

We live in an increasingly mobile society -- and that doesn't change just because a couple gets divorced.

One member of the former couple may need to follow a career to another state. Perhaps the other member of the couple wants to return to his or her home state in order to take advantage of the family support structure waiting there.

Splitting holiday expenses with your ex

Nobody ever claimed it was cheap to raise a child.

If you're already paying child support, you may think that you've done your share. However, child support is designed to cover the basic needs of the child, not the extras -- like presents and other expenses during the holiday season.

You can collect child support from unwilling fathers

Women who become unexpectedly pregnant often find themselves stymied by the soon-to-be father's reaction. Sometimes the father doesn't want to be involved and will simply distance himself from the mother, the pregnancy and the child once he or she is born.

That includes not wanting to pay child support. Some fathers may even go so far as to question or outright deny their paternity.

Divorce, alleged abuse, lead to attempted murder and conviction

A California woman is now behind bars and waiting on the judge to decide how many years she'll sit there. She fainted when the verdict came back, finding her guilty of attempting to murder her now ex-husband and the father of her child.

According to the woman and her co-conspirator, who happened to be her instructor at a local gun range, they never really intended to kill her husband.

Divorce rates are falling: Is it time to get married?

Guess what?

Divorce rates are generally falling, not rising. As a matter of fact, the whole idea that your marriage only had a 50/50 shot of survival was a little overblown from the start.

Do you have a divorce plan for your dog?

Do you have a divorce plan for your dog? What about the cat?

Dogs and cats are popular fixtures in American households and are often treated like they're valuable family members. However, in divorce court, the four-legged family members are actually considered property.

It's time to talk to your ex about the holiday custody

In a previous article, we've addressed how important it is for divorced parents to be on the same page when it comes to things like gift giving and Santa Claus.

However, nothing is going to create a more lasting -- and wretched -- memory of the holidays for your kids than the image of you and ex fighting about sharing custody on the big day.

Can you survive a divorce with your retirement dreams intact?

When divorce suddenly photobombs the perfect mental picture of the retirement plans you once had with your spouse, is there any way to restore the main image (and the plans that go with it)?

Maybe. There's no denying that divorce affects wealth -- you have to divide up the property and your other assets, which leaves you less to live on and less to invest. Without a partner, you may also struggle a little more with motivation -- and living for the moment can definitely deplete your bank account.

Lesbian domestic violence: Get help to escape your situation

The subject of lesbian domestic violence isn't something that people often hear a lot about -- even though it is surprisingly common.

Domestic violence can take a variety of forms: economic abuse, physical violence, psychological torment and sexual abuse. It's not unusual for a victim to experience more than one kind of violence at a time from her romantic partner.

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