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How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

There’s no lack of seriousness when it comes to domestic violence. If you’ve experienced or fear violence in your household and marriage, make sure to consult with an Orange County domestic violence lawyer right away. Courts take allegations of domestic abuse very seriously during a divorce and when considering custody arrangements. They tend to be conservative when it comes to giving custody or granting visitations to a parent who has been accused of abuse. That’s why you need a professional Orange County divorce attorney if you’ve been a victim of domestic violence. What Is Domestic Violence In California, domestic violence is defined by the following: An intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily harm A sexual assault An

By |2021-02-12T23:23:29+00:00February 11th, 2021|

Can Parental Disabilities Affect Child Custody?

Regardless of your situation, if you find yourself in the middle of a divorce, consult with an Orange County divorce mediation attorney today. Successful parenting of a child takes on many forms. While some may view the parents’ responsibilities in an actionable way, like leading the carpool, playing at the park, or roughhousing after dinner. Others see parenting as offering emotional support in the form of being there for the children, and sharing love among the family. While both of these ideas may be true, things can get muddled when one of the parents suffers from a disability and then gets divorced. Many disabilities put a parent in a position where it’s not easy to attend parent-teacher conferences, make meals,

By |2021-02-12T22:44:05+00:00February 1st, 2021|

How To Work Out a Visitation Schedule After a Divorce

All divorces have the potential to be messy, stressful, and painful. When you add battling over children into the mix, and there’s no question why divorce is seen as the single most difficult thing couples can encounter. As your Orange County, child custody attorney will remind you, creating a safe and positive environment for your children is of the utmost importance, even in the nastiest divorce cases. Part of accomplishing this goal is working out a viable visitation and custody schedule. Types of Custody for Determining a Visitation Schedule Before parents can determine a visitation schedule, they must first understand the different types of custody. Unfortunately, there are several different types of custody that can make the entire process seem

By |2021-02-08T03:32:09+00:00January 28th, 2021|

Spousal Support: Temporary vs. Permanent

The topic of spousal support can be somewhat confusing depending on your situation. If you find yourself going through a divorce where some kind of spousal support is on the table, make sure to meet with an Orange County divorce attorney to understand your rights and options. Among the various outcomes of a divorce, spousal support is probably one of the topics that create the most stress next to child support. Many refer to spousal support as alimony. In California, there are two significant types of spousal support: temporary and permanent. Your Orange County divorce mediation attorney can help you understand how they apply to your situation, but here are some things to consider to better understand these two options.

By |2021-02-08T02:45:55+00:00January 18th, 2021|

Signs It’s Time To File for a Divorce

No couple gets married with the intention of getting divorced someday. Your Orange County divorce attorney takes no joy in getting your business. Instead, they thrive on helping couples move on from a bad situation while protecting the rights of their clients. The reality is that things can happen where a divorce may be the best step for the couple to lead happy lives. Divorce isn’t pretty, but it’s sometimes necessary for the greater good. It’s no easy choice to decide that your marriage is over. Many couples go through ups and downs that don’t always point to ending the relationship. When that relationship seems to have lost all of its love, it might be time to contact an Orange

By |2021-02-08T02:25:56+00:00January 14th, 2021|

5 Tips to Determine the Value of Your Possessions During a Divorce

Dividing property during a divorce can be one of the most difficult tasks people go through. Even an experienced Orange County divorce mediation attorney doesn’t always look forward to this challenging discussion, especially in the complicated legal system found in California. Couples often accumulate a variety of assets like vehicles, real estate, bank accounts, investments, business holdings, and more. With the help of your Orange County divorce attorney, you can get a better grasp of how this portion of your divorce will take place. While the courts can take over this part of the process, judges often prefer to see asset division take place through direct negotiation over the banging of a gavel. Here are five tips to help determine

By |2021-02-08T02:04:27+00:00January 4th, 2021|

Back in the Saddle: Dating After Divorce

Getting back on the dating scene after a divorce can be both intimidating and exciting. Working with a divorce attorney in Orange County can help you finalize your divorce under the best possible conditions, but what comes next? The Top Three Rules for Dating After Divorce A positive attitude and some helpful advice can go a long way toward a smooth transition back into the dating pool. Here are some tips to help you get started with confidence as you meet new people and go on dates.  Take Your Time  When is the right time to start dating after your divorce? It all depends on your unique mental and emotional state. Only you can decide when you feel ready to

By |2020-12-13T18:46:41+00:00December 11th, 2020|

How Are Children Affected By Divorce

The majority of children are deeply affected by divorce, even if, and more so, if domestic violence is involved in the family dynamic. Children often think the divorce is their fault. One of the best things a parent can do is to assure their children that they are not the cause of the divorce. Helping Children To Cope With Their Parent’s Divorce Some of the other ways parents can help to calm the worry and anxiety of their children is to include them in your conversations about the family. For example, reassure them that they are not at fault. You should also discuss such things as who they want to spend most of their time with and do they want

By |2020-12-06T01:46:20+00:00December 1st, 2020|

Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?

The decision to proceed with a divorce is never an easy one. When children are involved, the stakes are that much higher. An experienced Orange County divorce mediation attorney, will understand the challenges and the important decisions that ultimately affect you and your family. The first step is determining if you and your spouse are a good fit for divorce mediation or if litigation is the better choice. Let’s take a look at what divorce mediation is and both the benefits and the challenges.  What Is Divorce Mediation? Divorce mediation involves a specially trained individual known as a mediator. This neutral third party works with the couple to come up with agreed upon solutions that include asset and debt allocation,

By |2020-11-24T08:21:30+00:00November 24th, 2020|

A Practical Guide to Child Support

Going through divorce proceedings can leave even the most stable person emotionally drained and exhausted. Unfortunately, this can obscure the issues and the ultimate outcome. Obtaining the services of a child support lawyer Orange County, who has the best interest of you and your children in mind, can ensure you obtain the child support you’re entitled to. Don’t let hindsight be 20/20 and affect the long-term financial well-being of your children.  Here’s what you need to know about child support laws in California. How Is the Amount of Child Support Determined? Each state has specific guidelines, a formula that determines how much a parent is mandated to pay for child support. These guidelines, however, are not absolute, and judges can,

By |2020-11-24T07:58:34+00:00November 17th, 2020|