Family Law Issues

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Never lose sight of the most important aspect of your divorce: your children

Date: May 6th, 2014 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

Couples going through a divorce are often so immersed in fighting with the other party that they forget the most important thing about their divorce: their children. Instead, parties become short, aggravated and distant with their children because they have expended all of their energy fighting with their ex-spouse.

Below are some questions and comments compiled by C. Paul Wanio, … Read More

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When Co-Parenting Seems Impossible

Date: March 24th, 2014 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

When you cannot stand to be in the same room as your ex-spouse, having to co-parent with the other person seems difficult, if not impossible. But as unattainable as it seems, giving up on co-parenting is not an option if you want to do what is in the best interests of your children. Effective co-parenting is integral in helping children … Read More

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Surviving the Holidays During Divorce

Date: November 22nd, 2013 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

It’s that time of the year again. Lights are being put up on rooftops, stores crowd with shoppers buying presents, and holiday planning for family gatherings begin. The holiday season is usually an occasion of festive and happy times. However, for those who are coping with divorce, the effects of separation and loss are magnified as the holiday season approaches.… Read More

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Why Social Media Should Be Avoided During a Divorce

Date: October 1st, 2013 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media websites have become an integral part of how people interact with one another in today’s culture. When something happens in our lives, it is automatically relayed to our friends and families through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and is often documented by lots and lots of photos. However, keeping friends and … Read More

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Top 5 Myths About Divorce

Date: July 26th, 2013 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

1) If we share 50/50 custody of our kids, neither parent has to pay child support.
False. Child Support is calculated using a mathematical formula that takes into account the gross earnings of each parent as well as each party’s time share with the children. Therefore, even if the parties share 50/50 physical custody of the children, the parent who … Read More

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How to Help Your Children Get Through Divorce

Date: April 25th, 2013 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

Divorce is a time of turmoil for the entire family. Typically, parents have had time to prepare for and come to terms with the fact that the family unit will be dissolved. However, this news is always startling to children, no matter how inevitable divorce may have seemed. Children often perceive their parents as “superheroes,” so they innocently expect that … Read More

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“Can I Move Away With My Children?”

Date: March 22nd, 2013 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

During a divorce, parents are forced to rearrange their lives, and significant changes are often inevitable. Amongst these changes, parents who are divorcing usually make the decision to move because they can no longer afford to live in the same area. They feel the need to live closer to their work or even relocate to an area where they have … Read More

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Divorce Process Question & Answer

Date: February 25th, 2013 by David L. Miller No Comments

Q1. My spouse and I plan to divorce, but have not started the process. What should we do first?

A1: Ask friends, family and/or co-workers for the name(s) of local family law attorneys that have been used in the past. A person-to-person referral is always better than a cold search for the right legal advisor when dealing with the important … Read More

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Wage Garnishment and Domestic Support Orders: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Date: October 8th, 2012 by Evan D. Schwab 2 Comments

The two most common types of support orders in family law are for child support and spousal support. A child support order, for example, specifies a certain amount of money to be paid per month for the support of a child. In a bad economy, there can be many existing support orders that go unpaid. A piece of paper in … Read More

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Guideline Child Support in California

Date: August 22nd, 2012 by Hoang-Anh Zapien No Comments

When parties with children begin the divorce process, the first question they usually have is, “How much do I have to pay?” or “How much will I get?” in child support. In the state of California, the term “guideline support” is often used when referring to the amount of child support due. This term refers to a mathematical formula that … Read More