Leaving It to the Kids

 Jared Client, age 45, was divorced. He shared custody of his two daughters, ages 10 and 12, with his ex-wife. (She was a loving mother, but Jared didn’t trust her with money. Her well-developed talent for spending was not matched with a talent for budgeting or...

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...

Foster and Adoptive Families Needed

Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent or wanted to adopt a child in need of permanency? Koinonia Family Services is now serving the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys and is looking for families who want to provide safe, caring, and nurturing homes for...

Support in Family Law Cases

 There are two types of support in California. One is child support and the other is spousal support. There are two types of orders in California dissolution cases. One is a temporary order during the pendency of the case, called a pendente lite order. And the other...

Celebrating our Moms

 It’s the month of May, which means we’ll soon celebrate Mother’s Day. If your mother is a senior, consider these thoughtful gifts as a way to communicate your love. • The best gift is your time. If you live nearby, consider scheduling a meal to spend with your...

This Year, Give Mom the Gift of Time

 It’s May, and in schools all over the country children are putting into words and pictures, sometimes with the aid of glitter, poster paint, colored macaroni and the like, just how much their mothers mean to them. On the second Sunday in May, many mothers will be...

Estate Planning: Spring Cleaning

Spring is an ideal time to put our legal and financial houses in order. Here’s some housework you can do without straining your backs or dirtying your hands: • Prepare a summary of your current assets and debts. Keep open-account records in an Assets File. For each...

The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

 Many of us have owned a furry friend who has changed our lives. Whether it’s a dog or a cat, we are often drawn to pets because they provide a unique sense of comfort and companionship. As we age, seniors can continue to benefit from owning a pet. Pets are known to...

Can There Be A “Good” Divorce?

 “Thank God I found the good in goodbye” -Beyoncé Knowles In 1969, California adopted a new approach to ending a marriage through the reduction of a divisive and hostile legal process. The new law sought to “eliminate lurid testimony and acrimony…” To many, the new...

Foster and Adoptive Families Needed

Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent or wanted to adopt a child in need of permanency? Koinonia Family Services is now serving the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, and is looking for families who want to provide safe, caring, and nurturing homes...

Aging with a Plan

 Aging is a fact of life that we will all face during our lifetimes. However, what is different about aging is that it is not something that we typically study and become proficient in. Rather, aging often creeps up on us and, once apparent, requires immediate...

Be Sure to Get Your ZZZZZ’s

 Our sleep patterns are affected by time changes and with daylight savings approaching, it’s generally believed that “losing” an hour in the spring is harder to adjust to than “gaining” an hour in the fall. Seniors often have a particularly difficult time getting a...

Foster and Adoptive Families Needed

 Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent or wanted to adopt a child in need of permanency? Koinonia Family Services is now serving the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, and is looking for families who want to provide safe, caring, and nurturing homes...

The Living Trust: Doing It Yourself?

So, you’ve decided that you want to do some estate planning. You know that a properly funded living trust will protect your assets from the time and expense of probate proceedings. Cost is an issue, so you’re considering the possibility of avoiding legal fees. What...

Foster and Adoptive Families Needed

 Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent or wanted to adopt a child in need of permanency? Koinonia Family Services is now serving the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, and is looking for families who want to provide safe, caring, and nurturing homes...

Seniors and Safety While Driving

 Driving can sometimes be challenging for seniors, even more so if they use their cellphone while driving. A recent survey released by The University of California San Diego School of Medicine reveals that 60 percent of seniors (65+) talk on their cellphones while...

Is Mediation for You?

 Divorce proceedings can be multi-faceted and involve multiple areas of potential dispute. Traditionally, resolution was reached through the courts where one spouse petitions for divorce and frequently asks the court for temporary orders regarding child custody,...

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...