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Can the state help in collecting overdue child support payments?

When a California court decides that a parent should pay to support a child, it is done with the best interests of the child in mind. The amount ordered is what is deemed necessary for the child to survive and thrive. If the parent fails to make those payments, it is a legal violation and it can cause problems for the supporting parent and the custodial parent. Custodial parents should remember not to take matters into their own hands when there is a child support dispute. There are steps that can be taken by the state to collect child support. Knowing how to go about getting this help is key.

Stop believing these prenup myths

There is a lot of misunderstanding and societal stigma surrounding prenuptial agreements. When getting ready to spend the rest of your life with someone, you focus on the specifics of wedding planning and romantic emotions. 

What is commingling with property division in California?

When a California couple decides to divorce, property division is a common source for dispute. Often, it takes some time to determine which party owns what and has the right to retain what property at the end of a marriage. While many items belong to one or the other, there are some properties that are part community property and belong to both and part separate property and belong to one of the spouses. This is known as commingling. It means the properties have gotten mixed. During the divorce process, it is important to understand how commingled property can impact the situation.

How child support is impacted by subsequent spouse income

After a California couple has divorced and there is a child support agreement, there are often questions as to when it can be modified and what circumstances are necessary to do so. The supporting parent and the parent who has custody and receives support will frequently start a new relationship with different individuals that result in marriage. Under the law this is referred to as a "subsequent spouse." Understanding how the child support guidelines address a subsequent spouse in the context of what is paid and if the agreement can be modified is important for both sides.

Experienced legal help is imperative with surrogacy

California individuals and couples who want to have a child, but are unable to will often think about their options to start a family. There are many ways for them to achieve their goals. One that is frequently used is to have a surrogate. Surrogacy is effective and can be successful. However, before moving forward with it, many couples and even the prospective surrogate will have concerns about how the law assesses these cases with legal rights, custody and more. A law firm that is experienced in helping people who are considering surrogacy is essential.

New California law addresses pets when a couple gets a divorce

For California couples who are at the end of a marriage and are planning to divorce, there are many issues that will be of concern. This can be part of an extended dispute and delay the process while costing money and leading to emotions being frazzled. While it might be considered secondary to some, a new law that will go into effect on Jan. 1 centers around how pets are handled when property division is addressed. Understanding how this law can impact couples as they divorce is an important factor in a case.

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