If you’re paying child support, but your income fluctuates, Ostler-Smith is your friend

Ostler Smith Bonus Support, child support

Many of you know that California has a guideline formula to determine “child support” in divorce cases, found in California Family Code 4055.  Some of you may even know there is a free child support calculator offered by the California Department of Child Support services.

Calculating child support when you two agree on 1) % timeshare; 2) amount of income; 3) all dedutions and child-support add-ons is EASY PEASY.

Divorce and the 10-Year Rule

Divorce and the 10-Year Rule

Divorce 10 Year Rule: I just had another caller today whose husband is trying to file a divorce at 9 years, 6 months.  She is frantic and trying to figure out how to stop it because she thinks it has something to do with alimony and how she can’t get it for life now.

Relax!  The 10-year-rule is much ado about nothing.  Let’s find the text of the California Family Code that states anything about 10 years.  

Surviving the Holidays Without Your Children

It’s December again!  My office tends to see an uptick of restraining orders during this period.  Not necessarily due to increased violence, but rather as a strategy to obtain custody of the children over the holidays.  

Hopefully, this blog post will help you if your parenting plan doesn’t provide you with custody this year (or in odd years).

  1. Have Christmas one week (month) early!  As with all things involving children, plan accordingly.  If your parenting provides you with Christmas custody on EVEN years,

Am I Ready for Divorce?

There is a common misunderstanding that divorce lawyers should be consulted after a nasty fight where “divorce” gets thrown around.  Monday mornings are the busiest phone days for our office because weekends are usually when couples have the opportunity to fight.

Every month, I receive many calls from prospective clients who ask me, “Is divorce the right decision for me?”

As a divorce lawyer and mediator, I can’t answer that question.  Divorce is a life change.  

Khloe and Lamar dismiss their divorce

People can dismiss their divorce cases.  It’s happened to me.  If both sides agree, a Request for Dismissal will be filed, and granted.

If you wish to refile, then you start all over.  The only issue would be the Date of Separation.

See my commentary here.

Everything an Ashley Madison Hack Victim Needs to Know About Law

Hi everyone!  I posted another article on my sister blog here about everything you need to know as a VICTIM of this hack!

It is posted here!  Enjoy!