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Could You Receive Social Security Benefits Based On Your Ex’s Work History?

If you are divorced, it’s possible that your ex may receive benefits based on your work history. This can even be the case if you are remarried. If you aren’t sure how this is possible or if you have never considered the situation a possibility, you definitely need to learn more about it.   An…

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Protecting Your Privacy During Divorce

Going through a divorce is hard for a variety of reasons. One that many don’t consider until they’re in the midst of a difficult situation is that you can have very little control over your privacy. News of a divorce tends to spread quickly and those going through divorce frequently find themselves on the uncomfortable…

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Common Schedules California Judges Order for Joint Physical Custody

California child custody cases will hinge on the best interest of the child. Using this standard, the judge will award either sole or joint physical custody of the child. Physical custody refers to where your child resides physically, where they live and where they receive their everyday care. An order of sole physical custody means…

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The Impact of Domestic Violence on California Child Custody Cases

Does domestic violence matter when a family law judge is considering a case for California child custody? Does it make a difference in the judge’s order for legal or physical custody or for the amount of visitation that a parent will receive? This article will address these frequently asked questions. If there is a finding…

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How to Prepare for a Custody Battle

If you are a parent in the midst of a heated divorce or if you are looking at a divorce looming on the horizon, you probably worry about the court’s opinion regarding what is best for your child in terms of custody. If you are committed to winning child custody – you need to know…

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Who is in Charge of the Child’s Medication Post-Divorce?

It’s no surprise to anyone that divorced couples don’t always agree – in fact, they often disagree. And there is no topic more prone to differences in opinion than the health and well-being of a child. After a divorce, parents find previously small differences in opinion regarding their children can explode into full scale battles.…

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The Rights of Unmarried Fathers

Fathers enjoy a special bond with their children and unmarried fathers are not an exception to this rule. The laws of the United States recognize this and have formalized fathers’ rights – even in cases when the father of the child was not married to the mother. Historically, unmarried fathers did not enjoy very many…

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How Does a Child from Another Relationship Affect Child Support?

In almost every divorce where parties divorcing are parents of a minor child or children, one parent is ordered to pay child support to the other parent. Most parents are aware of this and they are aware that the judge will consider the incomes of both parents when determining child support awards and the amount…

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What Are the Rights of Noncustodial Parents in California?

If you are a non-custodial parent attempting to navigate the child custody laws in California, you already know that it can be a daunting task. It’s very important to understand the differences between physical and legal custody and the factors that are at play when the court is determining custody orders. If your California child…

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Violations of Court Orders: Should You Call 911?

When your ex violates the court ordered custody and/or visitation or denies your parenting time, you may wonder if the most efficient way to deal with the situation is to call the police department. Unfortunately, enforcement of a divorce decree can be tricky and tends to depend on the mindset of local law enforcement. Generally…

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Does a Stepparent Have a Shot at Getting Legal Decision Making?

Did you know that less than 50% of kids in the United States under 18 years old live in a “traditional family” household (Pew Research Center)? In today’s society, 15% of children live with parents who are in a remarriage. And 6% of children live with a stepparent (2013 Current Population Survey). The National Healthy…

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