3 steps for stopping parental alienation
A divorce can take a tremendous toll on anyone. Put simply, not only must you deal with the emotional weight of ending a marriage, but you may also face an uncertain future. If you have kids, though, you can focus on being a good parent. Unfortunately, for any number of reasons, your ex-spouse may try […]
Holiday stress can negatively affect your marriage
If you are like many of your friends and family members, you look forward to the holiday season. After all, Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays provide an excellent opportunity to build lifelong memories. Unfortunately, though, holidays can also be stressful. In a recent study, nearly 40% of individuals reported increased stress during the holidays. If […]
What happens to home equity when you divorce?
When you and your ex decided to purchase a home together, you probably did so under the assumption that you two would stay together in that home for the foreseeable future. In many instances, though, marriages come to an end. If yours is among them, you need to figure out what to do with your […]
Tips for new stepparents
When you marry someone with kids, you get the wonderful opportunity to be a stepparent. While this prospect may be exciting, it can also be challenging. Learning how to provide love without crossing boundaries can be difficult at times. It may take some time and effort in order to determine your role as a stepparent. […]
3 genuine reasons for a stepparent to adopt
Merging two families is seldom easy. After all, not only do biological parents, stepparents and stepchildren have to adjust to a new way of life, but they also face a few legal hurdles. Stepparent adoption is often an effective way to make combining families easier. Roughly 75% of individuals who divorce eventually remarry. When they […]
When do you stop paying child support for older children?
If you are a noncustodial parent, you may have been paying child support since you and your ex-spouse finalized your divorce. The purpose of these payments is to assist the custodial parent in raising the children to adulthood. This means that at some point, the financial support must come to an end. As your children […]
Divorcing over 50 becoming new trend: What is behind it?
Statistics released in late 2018 reveal that the marriage and divorce rate dipped for those people considered millennials. At the opposite side of the spectrum, the divorce rate among baby boomers, or those over 50, doubled in the last 25 years. The reasons behind this gray divorce trend may surprise some, but people who fall […]
Can children choose which parent they live with?
Child custody cases are difficult to predict due to the number of variables. No two cases are exactly alike, primarily because no two situations are the same. There are times when you might hear that the children will get to choose what parent to reside with during and after a divorce, but is this true […]
As a California resident, you already likely know that some spouses can receive spousal support when they divorce. But what if you were never legally married and instead have been living with someone without benefit of marriage? Can you receive spousal support if and when your live-in relationship comes to an end? The answer is […]
How to talk to your kids about custody
Going through a divorce is never easy, but it is often even more difficult when you and your ex have children together. While separation is often the best decision for giving kids a healthy home, it can be complicated to explain this to children in a way that does not add further stress to the […]