Divorce and Family Law Blog

The Benefits of Co-Parenting Courses

Co-parenting is the term for when two parents in different households raise children together. Some parents may have never lived together, while others go through a divorce, separation, or breakup. Co-parenting can come with many challenges. While some separated parents may cooperate and communicate easily, many do not.  Co-parenting courses continue to grow in popularity… read more

Emancipation in San Diego

A child under 18 years of age is considered a minor in California. A parent is responsible for caring for their child until they reach the age of 18 years in most cases. Parents provide for the minor’s health care, education, food, shelter, clothing, and other essential items. However, emancipation changes that requirement. Emancipation is… read more

What Should I Do If I Was Emotionally Abused in My Divorce?

Going through a divorce is an emotional experience. The stress and loss caused by the breakup of a marriage can cause severe emotional distress. Unfortunately, a vindictive or abusive spouse can cause a greater level of emotional suffering. A spouse does not have the right to abuse you emotionally during a marriage or while you… read more

Gaslighting: How to Recognize Your Spouse’s Manipulative Behavior

The term “gaslighting” comes from a movie released in 1944. In Gaslight, a husband tries to convince his wife that she is crazy. He intends to have her committed to a mental institution, giving him control over her inheritance. The husband uses several techniques that cause his wife to question her grip on reality.  Unfortunately,… read more

How to Look Up Divorce Records in San Diego, CA

California law generally encourages open records. This policy includes divorce records, despite all of the personal, financial, and family information they contain. This openness explains why so many details of celebrity divorces make it into the news. Using this information could help you find out about someone else’s divorce. You could verify a potential romantic… read more

Can a Prenuptial Agreement Be Violated?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract that a couple agrees to before getting married. The prenup is established to set out rules for a couple to follow if they ever get divorced. Typically, these agreements will cover property division and other aspects of dividing the couple’s finances or assets and liabilities if their marriage ends… read more

How to Get Temporary Custody for Extended Family Members in San Diego, CA

There could be situations where an extended family member may need to obtain temporary custody of children in their family. If so, they must petition the court. Generally, temporary custody is granted through an emergency hearing. How to Petition the Court for Temporary Custody for Extended Family Members in San Diego If a child is… read more

Are Divorce Records Public?

Most people do not want their private issues to be a matter of public record. However, many legal matters are public record, meaning anyone can view the documents filed with the court. Many divorce records in California are included in the public records. What Are Public Records? The public record contains documents, files, information, and… read more

Manipulative Behavior: How to Know When Your Spouse is “Gaslighting” You

No one wants to believe their spouse could manipulate them. However, manipulative behavior can be difficult to recognize. Your spouse may use subtle strategies to gaslight you into believing that you are the one causing problems in your marriage.  What Does it Mean to “Gaslight” Someone? The term “gaslighting” derives from the play Gas Light…. read more

What is Considered Income for Child Support?

California’s child support laws hold both parents responsible for the financial support of their children. The obligation to pay for your child’s needs does not end with a divorce or separation. Parents who never marry do not avoid their responsibility to support their children financially. To ensure parents provide for their children, California adopted statewide… read more