Alimony As We Know It Bites The Dust

  While most understand that the  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”) has had a major impact on tax rates and deductions, it is important to note that it will have a  […]

2017: A Year to Forget or Remember?

#metoo The #metoo movement has spurred a lot of women (and some men) to come forward to “out” their abusers, both on social media and via the traditional media. This, in turn, has dashed many [...]

Tax Tips for Divorcing Spouses

Tax Day is coming up fast.  These ten tips might help you avoid tax nightmares and save you money:     1.  Alimony payments are tax deductible if they are paid pursuant to a court order or […]

Palimony Persists

Palimony Persists Last year, my associate, Steve Yoda, and I successfully defended a multimillion dollar palimony suit (aka Marvin action) in federal court.  Our client (“Phil”) died [...]

Do I Need a Prenup?

Beyoncé and Jay Zee had a prenup.  So did Lamar and Khloe, but do you need one?  Prenups are not for everyone.  Prenups are drafted to protect wealth. Unless you have wealth or expect to […]

Is Your Marriage on Shaky Grounds?

Is your marriage on shaky grounds? Are you concerned that your partner has ‘checked out’ and that you might need to contact an experienced family lawyer to discuss your options and your future? [...]

Prenups — Too Close for Comfort

Not a week goes by and there is another celebrity divorce. Never mind that I had not heard of Stephanie March (Law and Order) or Bobbie Flay (celebrity chef). What caught my interest is that […]

Finding Assets Offshore in a Divorce

It is not uncommon for your client to claim their spouse has assets hidden “offshore”.   Perhaps during the ski trip to Switzerland or the dive vacation to the Cayman Islands, a spouse visited a [...]

Protecting the “Player”

An athlete involved in a paternity battle is at risk. His reputation and lifestyle are threatened. His play may deteriorate as a result of the stress of litigation.  A dropped ball or missed play [...]

Judgement Modifications

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of a long divorce process. After months in court and depending on your situation, there is a judgment in place for child custody, visitation, property [...]

The Truth Behind Child Custody and Taxes

There are several financial decisions to consider when filing for divorce in California.  One you may not be thinking about, but will likely have long-term monetary consequences, is whether you [...]

Invalidating a Premarital Agreement

Over the last 20 years, premarital agreements (informally known as prenups) have become increasingly common between engaged and soon-to-be-married couples.  Premarital agreements allow you to [...]

Child Custody and Kidnapping

Parenting can be challenging under any circumstances, much less as a divorced parent. Even if your marital relationship ended well, tension can run high, especially when determining child custody [...]

Gay Marriage and Divorce in California

The gay rights movement has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade.  Eleven years ago, Massachusetts became the first jurisdiction to allow same sex marriage.  Since 2003, 13 states have [...]

Child Abuse and Divorce

Lately, the news has been filled with stories involving professional athletes and allegations of domestic violence and child abuse. What are the signs of child abuse? And what do you do if you [...]

Prenups 101

Premarital agreements are another name for prenuptial agreements. An engaged couple generally enters into this agreement before marriage and the agreement takes effect when they get married. By [...]

Parental Alienation and Divorce

Even when divorce is amicable, it can be a very stressful time for the children who are involved.  Children have to adjust to parents living separately, moving between homes, and their family [...]

Sexting, Marriage, and Divorce

Sexting and your marriage. Is it acceptable? Especially if you have fallen out of love or are considering filing for divorce or legal separation? Lately, it seems that incidents of high profile [...]

Pet Custody in California Divorces

Divorce can be difficult enough, and sometimes, divorcing spouses become spiteful, making decisions just to hurt or antagonize the other person. And sometimes, when it comes to property division, [...]

Back to School Tips for Co-Parents

Change can be difficult for many people, and children of divorced or legally separated parents are no exception. As summer draws to a close and the new school year is on the horizon, this likely [...]

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