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February 2018 Archives

The risks and responsibilities of a guardianship

Families can take a variety of shapes. While some are strictly biological in nature, others are built through legal processes like adoption. Guardianship is another way for individuals to provide a child in need with a safe and stable home, but many Californians are unfamiliar with the process and what it entails. We hope that this post will help shed some light on the duties that are carried out by guardians.

California firm helping draft surrogacy agreements

Despite living in the technological age, there are certain things that even the most cutting edge scientific approaches can't fully address. One of those issues is infertility. Many Californians suffer from infertility, and a significant number of those individuals find themselves worried about how to build the family they have always wanted. For those who can't and want more options than adoption, surrogacy may be their best option.

Study suggests genetics may play a role in divorce

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to divorce. Money woes, infidelity, poor communication, and even family tragedy can throw marital relationships into a tailspin. One factor many may not consider, though, is one's genetic makeup. Sure, researchers have known for years that those who grow up in families with divorced parents are more likely to divorce, but it was not until recently that they found a potential link between divorce and one's DNA.

Child support and the income withholding order

Raising a child is extremely expensive. Even families with moderate incomes can face difficulty making ends meet, so when couples divorce and a custodial parent must suddenly burden all costs associated with raising a child, one's financial situation can become dire. Fortunately, the state of California recognizes that the cost of child rearing should be shared by both parents. As great as that may sound, many custodial parents struggle to recoup money from a noncustodial parent, even if child custody is ordered.

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