Is Child Support Tax Deductible?


As we get closer to the end of the year, many people are starting to think about taxes. Well, at least I do. A common question I get from divorced or separated parents is whether child support is tax deductible. For many people, child support is a significant monthly financial transaction, so, naturally, they are…

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Orange County California Termination of Parental Rights


Occasionally it happens that one parent feels it prudent or necessary to terminate the parental rights of the other parent. Generally the need comes from the fact that the other parent has abandoned the children into the safekeeping of the custodial parent and has not taken steps to provide financially for the children. It can…

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Filing for Bankruptcy in a California Divorce


If you are considering declaring bankruptcy during your California divorce, you really should consult an expert, preferably one in bankruptcy and one in family law. Filing for bankruptcy has a “ripple effect” in other courts in that there is an automatic stay of litigation until the bankruptcy case is adjudicated. This can have ramifications in…

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What is a 730 Evaluation?


Divorce attorneys in Orange County and family law practitioners throughout California use this jargon all the time. The number refers to California Evidence Code section 730, which has to do with the court’s appointing an expert to investigate and to make a report to the court concerning a complicated issue in a case. In a…

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California Divorce and Omitted Assets


A common question I get from people is what happens if we forget to list a community property asset? Well, assuming the asset was never listed on the declarations of disclosure and never found its way into the judgment, the court should have jurisdiction to divide the asset. Family code section 2556 gives the court…

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California Divorce Planning


While you are still married, planning for your divorce in California may feel a little unwholesome or even disloyal to your spouse because, well, you’re still married. Most of us have been brought up to feel this way and feel guilty for even contemplating divorce. However, if you are seeing signs of an impending divorce,…

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Fathers’ Rights in Child Custody Cases – Orange County California


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Fathers’ Rights in Orange County California Child Custody Cases – Part 1 If you are a father facing an initial custody determination in an Orange County divorce case, or you are contemplating modifying your current custody orders, this question has no doubt come across your mind: “Do fathers have rights in an Orange County California…

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Why Date of Separation is Important in a California Divorce


Most divorcing parties can agree on when they separated.  Maybe there was an event that was “the last straw” and one party demanded a divorce, or the parties cannot remember an exact date but know within a week or so when there was an irremediable breakdown in the marriage.  For some divorcing spouses, however, it…

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Guideline Child Support in Orange County California


Whether you are in an Orange County divorce, legal separation, or paternity proceeding, if you have children, you will have to deal with the issue of child support sooner or later. Child support is something that parents must deal with when their children live part of the time with one parent and part of the…

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How Long Do You Have to Pay Spousal Support in California


How long do you pay spousal support (alimony) in an Orange County, California divorce? Well, to answer that question, one needs to know how long the marriage lasted.  The rule of thumb, at least for marriages lasting less than 10 years, is that support is generally due for one-half the duration of the marriage.  There…

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