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Author: Chelsea Pagan

How will alcohol and drugs affect my custody case?

Going through a family law case can feel very much like your entire life is under a microscope. One common question is about drug and alcohol use and how it affects your case. The answer is truly that it depends. This brief post with focus on how it impacts your case when children are involved.  […]

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I have an active family court case – What does the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order mean for me?

The current health crisis is impacting many people all over the world. An overwhelming amount of people with current family law orders or pending cases are asking the question, what does this Shelter-In-Place order mean for me and my shared custody/visitation agreement? Attorneys are working to advise clients as best as they can during this […]

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Getting Child Support Orders in Your Family Law Case.

Whether you are getting a divorce or separating from a partner with whom you share a child or children, child support is often the most difficult issue to navigate.   It is important to recognize that support is viewed by the State of California as an entitlement of the children, and not of the receiving parent. […]

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Divorce and Legal Separation: What is the difference between the two and which option is right for me?

Generally speaking, you can accomplish the same things in divorce and legal separation – calculating support, dividing assets, developing a plan on how to move forward as two households – the only difference is after divorce you are returned to the legal status of “single” whereas in legal separation you are still legally married. So, […]

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Fiduciary Duties Owed to Your Spouse Both Before and After Marriage.

A marriage is more than a romantic relationship between two people. According to the California Family Code, a marriage is also a financial partnership requiring each party to act in the “highest good faith” when it comes to handling the marital finances. If one spouse takes an unfair advantage of the other during the marriage, […]

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What is a 730 Custody Evaluation?

When parents are unable to come to certain agreements about child custody and visitation, a custody evaluation can be a useful tool to provide the Court with necessary information about what is in the child(ren)’s best interest. A 730 Evaluation is named after the code section, Evidence Code Section 730. A 730 evaluator is the […]

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Protecting Your Email Account During Divorce.

In the technology age, the majority of the communication we do is either through email or text message. Most attorneys use email to communicate with their clients as it keeps a record of all communication and allows the attorney to keep the client constantly up to date regarding their case. Additionally, many spouses or co-parents […]

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Create Your Own Divorce Rules.

Many people equate divorce with the term “failure.” But why? Throughout our lives, we break-up many relationships without being associated with the label “failure.” We break-up professional relationships and define them as “a fresh start,” “a difference of opinion,” or “having different goals.” We break-up friendships and define it as “growing up” or “having different […]

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Celebrating Father’s Day After Divorce

Going through a contentious divorce can make it difficult to see the big picture. If your divorce involves minor children, you should try to keep your children’s exposure to conflict to a minimum. This means putting your feelings towards your ex-spouse or co-parent aside for the sake of the children. With Father’s Day approaching, parents […]

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The Emotions of Divorce

Divorce is no laughing matter, but it is important to keep things in perspective. There can be times of anger, sadness, and even relief throughout the process. Take a moment to think about how you see your divorce or family law dispute playing out as only you can decide what the legancy of your divorce […]

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