Dealing with Child Support? County Can Help - Staff is available to create better outcomes for children and their parents San Rafael, CA – One of the most eye-opening facts from a 2017 statewide study about child support services was that California parents were mostly saying, “Wait … there’s such a thing as child support services?” The Marin County Department of Child Support Services (DCCS) is determined to change that. The Novato-based department led by Director Jill Franc
When politics and reality collide - there is no escaping the serious impact - and the things we could never have imagined having to prepare for! What happens to child support orders in a Government shutdown? An especially pertinent question because there is no precedent for a Federal shutdown that has gone on this long. The answer is - there is no answer. But let us frame it and ask the questions anyway. One thing is for certain the obligation is still there and your Court
I use this a recent Brooklyn custody case to illustrate the importance of co-parenting clauses in Divorce Marital Settlement Agreements. Often certain matters may seem cause certain - such as the religion to which the children would continue to be raised under - and the extent of observance. However parents must give regard to the changes that each undergo after uncoupling and the impact of the influences of new relationships on a custodial household:
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Mediation is an alternative to litigating a divorce. Anyone can take this route, as long as clear it serves the parties’ respective interests and that of the children in the family. In most cases it probably will.
A couple can start a divorce mediation process, from the moment the decision is made to uncouple, rather than after starting the litigation process. However it is always important to consult with an family law attorney right away, especially if there are trust i
TOP 10 REASONS to MEDIATE YOUR DIVORCE: Mediation helps parties place the best interests of their children first; Mediation tends to mitigate assumptions - and therefor the stress, anger, hysteria and conflict; Mediation allows uncoupling parties, instead of a judge, to control the outcome of their divorce, when it comes to every aspect - such as support, custody and division of community property; Mediation can save large amounts of money; Parties can raise, discuss and sett
A friend referred a couple to me for divorce mediation. I had yet to meet with the couple when the friend saw fit to issue his personal apologetic caveat: “If anyone can mediate these two, Mel, its you. I apologize ahead, though, they are extremely contentious and very difficult, so much anger. I hope you get passed the first session, and either way please forgive me!” My favorite mediation sessions are those that challenge. In any event, professionally, I could not rely on
The glaring truth that we barely speak of: Same-sex couples, just like their heterosexual counterparts, need marriage under the civil law so they can get divorced! That is why, as a civil law institution, having marriage available, equally for all, is imperative. Now we have marriage equality, but because that was not always the case, same-sex couples can still find their rights confusing and unequal.
The need for marriage equality for all is important,not only because of