Spooky Times

 Halloween, when you’re separated or going through a divorce with children can be a spooky time if not approached with your children in mind. Halloween is one of those tricky holidays where both parents want to have that ‘fun and scary experience.’ So, what should you...

The Long Distance Parent

 It’s never easy being a parent. We constantly struggle, wondering if we’re doing the best we can for our kids. It’s so much pressure knowing that you only get a short window of time to prepare them to become responsible, healthy, and emotionally balanced adults. For...

Back to School Divorce Tips

The kids are heading back to school, and just like us, they are going to be excited, anxious, terrified, nervous, sad and happy. Mixed feelings are natural at this time of year, no matter how old your kids are or how many times you’ve been through it all as a parent....

Considering Divorce? Pay Attention!

 There are warning signs. More often than not, it is gradual rather than a sudden transition from happily married to icicles in the room. If you see divorce coming, or even the possibility of it coming, there are some very important steps you can take to protect...

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

 One of the first questions new clients often ask is, ‘how long will my divorce take?’ There is no simple answer to this questions since each individual case has its own circumstances. The short answer is you will remain married for at least six months in California...

The January Decision

 The holidays are over. The gifts have been purchased. The end of year bonuses received. The family visits have come and gone. And now you have the biggest decision of your life to make. Do I see a Divorce Attorney? This is no simple decision, and it is why we offer a...

Summer is Upon Us

 Hard to believe summer is upon us. Every year it seems to come faster and faster. For the kids, it can’t come soon enough. For parents on the other hand, the juggle of work, activities and finances all come to the summer ‘burn.’ Throw in a divorce or separation and...

A Mothers’ Day for All

 Mother’s Day is around the corner. Already a tough time for most people to recognize the most important women in their lives without offending them with bad gift choices. Add in divorce, separation, step parents or the loss/out of the picture mom, and you have a...

The Pre and Post Nup Valentine

It sure doesn’t sound like the most romantic gift in the world; however, it could ultimately be as important as having a Will or a Trust set up for the future of your family. A prenuptial agreement must be accompanied by a full financial disclosure.  Love can blind us...

Keeping Your Last Name in a Divorce

 While more and more women are keeping their last names than ever before, many did change their last names. After years of practicing we have heard many reasons for and against keeping their married, last name. Some might consider this a small item to consider, but...

The Four Divorce Alternatives

 No two marriages are the same, and so it only follows that no two divorces will be the same either, hence the following four broad categories of divorce alternatives: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Mediation, Collaborative and Litigation. Let’s take a look at the pros and...

Your Breakup and School Break

 Planning for a school break; spring or summer can feel twice as complex when your children’s time is split between two homes. Unfortunately, many times parents wait until the last minute to organize these plans, which can put a real damper on the holiday if your...

The ‘Disneyland’ Parent Dilemma

 You know the story… the kids come back from a weekend with the ex; they show off the latest toy, brag about how late they stayed up and the junk food they were allowed to eat for breakfast. It can be infuriating to deal with an ex who gets the short parenting...

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

At the heart of every divorce are four issues: 1. Division of community and/or marital property; 2. Division of debt; 3. Custody and visitation of any children; and 4. Payment of child and/or spousal support While no divorce is truly “uncontested” in the sense that...

Halloween Stereotypes Costumes During Divorce

There’s not really a good time of year for divorce. But splitting up right before Halloween is particularly horrifying. If you have kids you can’t just sit the season out – you have to make as though you’re merry, even when you’re teary. The right costume can give you...