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Realistic Expectations of the Time Frame of the Court

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  Per California law, the time-period between filing for a divorce and finalizing it can be no less than six months and one day. Divorcing couples are often surprised to learn that due to a full and complex court system, divorces can take several months or years longer than expected to finalize. Setting realistic expectations about how long your divorce will take to process is important to putting yourself on the road to recovery and…
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Shining the Light on Domestic Violence

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  If you’re reading this, chances are, either you or someone you know, has been a victim of domestic violence. Defined by the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the definition of domestic violence is “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner.” The Surgeon General has deemed domestic violence as the number one health concern in…
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Social Media & Teenagers – Legal Ramifications of Social Media Posts

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  If you have an adolescent, chances are, they belong to one of the numerous social media platforms. While today’s technology allows us to instantly share our thoughts, experiences, feelings, moods, and activities, not all sharing is healthy or appropriate. In fact, certain activity on social media can be punishable by law and be considered harassment. Parents: Have a Frank and Honest Discussion with your Kids about the Ramifications of their Actions on Social Media…
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How to Survive Holiday Custody Schedule Planning & Keeping Your Children’s Best Interest at Heart

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  The holidays are a very difficult time for many, especially if you are going through or have recenly gone through a divorce. Meal planning, holiday festivities, and visits from family and friends add to the challenges of everyday life. Reduce the stress on you, your child/ children, and your relationship with your partner during this time of year by creating a clear and specific custody arrangement. A lawyer who specializes in child custody arrangements…
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Considering a Modification in Custody? Be Realistic about Your Expectations and the Needs of Your Child or Children

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  Modifications to a custody agreement make sense as the ages and needs of your children change. What might have been appropriate for a child at 2 may no longer make sense now that the child is a teenager. Likewise, changes to a parent’s job or living situation may also create the need to modify your custody agreement. Courts take modifications seriously.  If you want to be successful in making modifications to your current child…
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