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This week we are up to O which stands for orders. When you go to court, the Judge will make orders regarding the custody of your children, the payment of support, and the division of your property. Some of the orders will last forever. For instance, an order that directs you to sale the family home is an order that will not need to be modified. It will just be followed. Orders concerning custody or support however may need to be modified at a future time. This article focuses on ways to modify your court orders. Temporary Changes to the Custody...

We are up to the letter N in our Divorce from A to Z series.  N is for new partners during and after the divorce.  Because divorce in California takes a minimum of 6 months, there is the possibility that you will meet someone new during the time that your divorce is still pending.  Understanding how a new partner can affect your child custody, child support, and spousal support situations is important. First, keep in mind that whatever decisions you make regarding your living situation directly affect your children.  So, while you may be excited about possibly moving in with a...

We are up to I in our Divorce from A to Z series.  I in Divorce Court is for Income and Expense Declaration. This form is one that you will become very familar with during your divorce. In divorce court, an income and expense declaration is used by the Judge or Commissioner to make any decision where money is concerned. This includes child support, spousal support, attorneys fees, and payment of expenses. If you want a Judge to order your spouse to do something related to money in a divorce case, then you better make sure your income and expense declaration is...

In the first post of Divorce from A to Z, the "A" stood for Add-on Child Support and what that means for your divorce.  Along the same lines, "B" is for Base Child Support and is the child support that most people think of when talking about calculating child support. What is Base Child Support? Base Child Support is the monthly amount that one parent pays to another to provide a minimum amount needed to support a child. The calculation also provides a uniform standard throughout the state.  Uniformity in calculation helps a divorcing parent accurately make financial decisions based on the...

Welcome to our new series: Divorce from A to Z.  Our first topic in the series is Add-on Child Support. I once heard a family law judge describe California Guideline Child support as Draconian. And I am sure many of our readers would agree that Child Support is high. So high that often a client will come to me and say, "I asked the other parent to pay for half of the daycare, and she refused. She said, I pay child support so use that." This common argument brings us to our subject for today's post: Add-on Child support. Add-on child support...