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March 2017 Archives

Divorce court lacks authority over bankruptcy

California residents who are concerned about how bankruptcy may affect their divorce settlement may be interested to learn of a March bankruptcy court ruling. According to a federal bankruptcy judge, a divorce court does not have the authority to determine which obligations can survive bankruptcy.

Stopping child support payments

Parents in California are responsible for ensuring that their children receive the financial support they are entitled to until they reach the age of majority. However, in situations in which there is a child support order in place, the receiving parent may request that the child support payments stop.

Dean McDermott threatened with jail time in child support case

In a California courtroom on March 9, entertainer Dean McDermott, the husband of actress Tori Spelling, was read his Miranda rights and threatened with jail time. McDermott was taken to court by his ex-wife, Mary Jo Eustace, with whom he has an 18-year-old son.

Focusing on children during divorces

Many California couples whose marriages are ending are concerned about how their children will deal with it, but they're not sure how to make the process easier for their kids. Studies have shown that divorces can have lasting emotional effects on kids, but there are several ways that people can make the process smoother for kids. The parents should provide as much stability as possible for their children, and above all they should refrain from arguing in front of them.

3 considerations for women in high asset divorces

Once your husband files for divorce, you must take steps to protect yourself. This doesn't mean in the physical sense. Instead, you have to ensure that you protect your financial future. The property division settlement is the way that you do this. If you are going through mediation, you and your ex work together to determine the settlement. If this isn't possible, the court determines how to handle the division. In either case, knowing what to expect and what to consider can help you to remain as stress free as possible.

Fathers who pay more child support spend more time with children

California children whose fathers are behind in child support payments may also spend less time with those fathers according to research published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. The study looked at nearly 5,000 families over nine years and based its findings on how much child support the child was receiving and how much contact the child had with their father at the age of nine. More than 1,000 noncustodial fathers were included in the study.