Divorce and Family Law Blog

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

Are My Assets in Danger if My Spouse Causes a Car Accident in San Diego, CA?

California is an at-fault state for car accident claims. If you can prove that another driver caused a car accident, you can sue the other driver for damages.  An at-fault driver can be held liable for damages that exceed their liability car insurance coverage. The minimum liability coverage required for car insurance in California is… 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

How to Get a Summary Dissolution of Marriage in San Diego, CA

The divorce process for many people is not as complicated as it appears. Many divorces in California are simple, uncontested divorces. The parties agree to the terms of the divorce, so the process is relatively easy and quick. However, California offers an even easier, quicker, and less costly option for legally ending a marriage than… read more