Divorce and Family Law Blog

San Diego Mediation: Mediation With Family Court Services vs. Private Mediator

Under California’s Family Code, mediation is mandatory in any proceeding that involves child custody or visitation. Under these provisions, the court will order mediation, whether the underlying proceeding involves legal separation, divorce, stepparent or grandparent visitation, or paternity. The only cases in which the court will not order mediation are those where a parent has… read more

Grandparents’ Rights For Custody and Visitation in California

Most grandparents do everything they can to support their grandchildren, and every year in California, grandparents even step up to raise grandchildren. If you’re a grandparent in California wanting custody or visitation rights with your grandchild or grandchildren, you are not alone. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand grandparents’ rights for custody… read more

How To Find Cheap Divorce Lawyers?

The average California divorce costs $14,000. In cases with contentious child support disputes or complicated joint property to divide, costs can get even higher.  It makes sense that individuals worried about the cost of starting a divorce in California would search for low-cost solutions to their legal problems. What’s the problem with cheap divorce lawyers?… read more

Top 6 Telltale Signs You Hired a Bad Lawyer and How to Avoid it in the Future

There are over 1.3 million attorneys working in the United States. While most are successful legal professionals, some are just plain bad. They may be ineffective, unethical, or simply ignore your legal needs. Regardless, you should avoid hiring a bad lawyer at all costs. If you have been accused of a crime, need to draft… read more

Order To Show Cause – Request For Orders

A Request for Orders (RFO), also sometimes called an “order to show cause,” is the document used to ask the court clerk to set a hearing before the judge. The RFO also asks the judge to make certain orders after the hearing, based on the evidence presented at the hearing.  What Is an Order to… read more

Child Support Arrears

After a court enters an order for the payment of child support, the parent ordered to pay is expected to make payment under the terms of the order. Sadly, and for many reasons, child support is not always paid in full and on time. When child support payments become past-due, a parent is in child… read more

What Happens to Child Support if I Remarry?

Maybe your divorce is over and you’re ready to re-enter the dating pool. Perhaps you’ve already found your perfect intended spouse. Either way, you’re wondering what happens to child support when you remarry. Here’s what you need to know about how remarriage may impact child support.  Does California Use Spousal Income in Child Support Calculations?… read more

How to Request a Drug Test in Your Child Custody Case

According to data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 1 in 8 children in the U.S. lives with at least one parent who has a substance use disorder. Substance use disorders, as defined by the survey, are marked by repeated use of alcohol or other drugs leading to significant impairment.  Children… read more

What is the Difference Between Divorce and Legal Separation?

Most people are aware that there is a difference between divorce and separation in romantic relationships. When a couple is considering a divorce, but they haven’t decided for certain, they might undergo a “trial” separation.  But these days, more and more couples are making the decision to stay separated without filing for divorce. In doing… read more

Legally Valid Reasons to Stop Paying Child Support in California

Parents in California are legally required to support their children financially until they reach the age of majority. In California that age is 18 unless the child is in high school. In that case, a parent must support the child until the child turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever comes sooner. When parents… read more