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What To Do When the Judge Exhibits Bias in Your Family Law Case

Every case in family court is decided by one judge. A judge, like anyone, arrives at their job with their own opinions, experiences, and knowledge; this may sometimes include entrenched cultural biases. Family law cases can be negatively affected by cultural biases on the part of the judge, perhaps even more so than in other areas law as the traditional views of gender roles in a marriage can sometimes dictate or heavily influence the judge’s decision on child custody or other divorce-related issues. Every judge does have a sworn duty as a judicial officer to set aside any personal biases,…

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Tips on Co-Parenting Graduates and Brides

As graduation draws near, many divorced or and separated parents are experiencing conflicting emotions. They find themselves facing important events in their child’s life that requires the presence of both parents. When two people have a child together, there are certain celebrations like graduation and weddings that the child will want to spend with both parents. Being able to set aside any animosity for the occasion can make all the difference for the child. Navigating this type of territory can be uncomfortable at best, but it can be done. If you find yourself co-parenting a bride or a groom or…

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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 custody orders have already been issued, remember the process does not necessarily end with the initial custody order. Changes in circumstances such as the relocation of a custodial parent or significant changes in circumstances, etc. can require that the court revisit the case and potentially…

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Gerald Maggio Recognized in the Attorney Journal – Orange County Edition 2018

We’re pleased to announce that Gerry Maggio, who is the owner of The Maggio Law Firm, was named the “Attorney of the Month” by the Attorney Journal – Orange County Edition. Mr. Maggio was chosen for the Attorney of the Month Award based on a combination of factors, including professional achievement, commitment to the local legal community, well-established respect among peers, and professional certifications, honors, and awards. With this award, Mr. Maggio and our family law firm were highlighted with May’s cover feature – a five-page story on his history, values, and professional focus. I’m truly honored to be recognized…

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What Family Courts Consider In Ordering Spousal Support

Ever wondered how a court determines how much alimony should be awarded to a spouse after divorce?  Here’s some information in response to that question. Ability of the spouse to earn is considered by courts while determining alimony The court takes into account the earning ability of both the spouses while ascertaining whether alimony should be awarded or not. Thus, a court not only considers how much a spouse is actually earning but also weighs the spouse’s potential for earning. Will a spouse be able to pay alimony? This is a major consideration for the court in order to settle…

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5 Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Some people consider mediation fairly new, but it’s actually been around quite a while. The term mediation refers to an alternative dispute resolution process. It was first used by the ancient Greeks when there were difficult disputes between village members. The first recorded case of mediation occurred in 522 A.D. (or C.E.) When mediation became necessary, the two disputing villagers would turn to a village elder who would guide them to a resolution. The elder would lead them in a discussion ending in a solution they could both agree to uphold and then record the resolution so the parties could…

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How to Create a Parenting Plan that Works

When a family goes through a divorce or a separation, there are a number of changes that occur. Some are huge changes that affect the entire family on a day-to-day basis. Others seem small amidst the upheaval, but can actually have long term, lasting effects and directly influence other events in the future. That’s why so many co-parents find it difficult to come up with a parenting plan that actually works. They’re in new territory. They aren’t sure what to expect. Parents attempting to put together a parenting plan that will function for the long-term have many factors to consider,…

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When A Parent’s Behavior Causes Parental Alienation

Child custody battles are the worst and it gets even uglier when both parents start accusing each other of wrongdoings. There are many factors that are involved in deciding the custody of a child and the most important of them is the child’s preference. In states like California, a child’s preference decides who he or she will stay with. Parents understand this and therefore try to woo their child into staying with them. It sometimes results in talking bad about the other parent so that the child stays away from him/her, this is known as parental alienation. If you’re someone…

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Tips To Have Healthy Communication with Your Former Spouse

Do you have children from your marriage to your former spouse!  If the answer is yes, then it is extremely important to maintain a civil and courthouse relationship with your former husband/wife. It is quite necessary that the parents hide their differences and work for their children’s welfare.  In case there is resentment within you or proper communication does not exist with your ex-spouse, you will not lose anything. Rather your kids can be impacted negatively. There are several such studies that prove divorce does not damage the kids. Rather parents who are irrational after they part ways may damage…

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Advice for Stay-At-Home Mothers Facing Divorce

Both you and your spouse have had your own distinct roles when you were a mom who stayed at home. While your husband went out to work, you did your part inside the house and things were going on nicely. But now that you are going through the divorce process, you may want to do various things to ensure that your divorce is a smooth one. After all, you have to get ready for your life ahead after your divorce. Check out the following smart tips while facing a divorce. Tip 1: Get in touch with an experienced financial advisor…

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