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Summary Dissolution–A Simpler Faster Way to Divorce in California

A summary dissolution is a simpler way to end a marriage or domestic partnership for couples who qualify and are able to cooperate in obtaining the divorce judgment. A summary dissolution becomes final 6 months after you file with the court. It’s less expensive. Our firm charges a flat fee: no retainers, no deposits, and… Read More »

Are bank accounts your spouse shares with their family member community property in a California divorce?

Question: I am getting divorced in Los Angeles. My wife has a joint checking account with her mother. We are divorcing. Is the joint account part of our community property? Answer: Maybe. If your wife can access the money but only the mother contributes to the account it is likely not a part of the… Read More »

What is a 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule in a Child Custody Order?

A 2-2-3 parenting schedule is a  way that parents with joint physical custody of children divide the custody time. Many parents choose this schedule because it allows a reasonable amount of uninterrupted time with the children and the children are never apart from either parent for long. The phrase 2-2-3 in the context of a… Read More »

Please help me understand 1st, 3rd and 5th weekend child custody visitation

Child custody parenting schedules can be confusing. I am often asked questions about the “5th” weekend. Question: “My ex has visitation is ordered to be 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends. To me it sounds as alternate weekends. But when 5th weekend comes, the 1st weekend of the new month is the following weekend (2 weekends… Read More »

Is Alimony Deductible and Reported as Income for Taxes?

Is Alimony (known as Spousal Support in California Family Law Courts) deductible by the payor and reportable income to the payee? On your California Return the answer is yes. In California if you receive alimony payments, you must report it as income on your California return. If you pay alimony to a former spouse/RDP, you’re allowed… Read More »

Learn What to Do if Your Ex Files an Ex Parte about Child Custody

I am often contacted by nervous parents who state that their ex has filed (or is about to file) an Ex Parte Application concerning modifying or creating a child custody order in Family Law Court. Often after I listen to their story, I am able to tell them to relax. The most common reason I… Read More »

Learn How the Parents Can Work together to End Court Ordered Child Support in California

I am often asked questions similar to the following. Question: How can the custodial parent and I close our child support order? My children’s mother and I have come to an agreement regarding child support and visitation. She will be going to the DCSS (the child support dept). to stop its involvement, but it is… Read More »

Parties Can Enter into Post Nuptial Agreements Regarding Ownership of Assets and Spousal Support and Change Ownership from Community to Separate Property

I wager most people know the basics of a prenuptial agreement (they are also called premarital agreements or prenups). Many people do not know that couples can agree after marriage on division of assets and spousal support. Such an agreement is called a post nuptial agreement or post marital agreement. Very few people know (judging… Read More »

Los Angeles Family Law Courts No Longer Have Court Reporters

Change in Rules Regarding Court Reporters Effective November 14, 2022 the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Departments will amend its policies regarding the availability of official court reporters. Official court reporters are not statutorily required to be provided in unlimited civil, family law, or probate matters, and existing court reporter coverage will end November 14… Read More »

How Are Student Loans Divided by the Court in California Divorces?

Question: ” I am getting divorced in Los Angeles County. My ex wants me to take on half her student loan debt. They finished graduate school six months be fore we separated. We were married 10 years. Am I responsible for a portion of their student loan debt?” Answer: You are not responsible for her student… Read More »