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Co-Parenting With Your Ex: It’s possible!

Co-parenting with your ex: it’s possible!

Raising children when you are together is tough as nails.  When divorced?  Almost impossible.  

Below, I share one successful co-parent’s story.

When my friend and family practice attorney, Kelly Chang Rickert, said “you should write an article on being a model co-parent!” I thought maybe she had gone mad.  I didn’t feel like a model coparent.  The mother of my child, Marissa (names have been changed),

Marriage Advice From Your Favorite Divorce Lawyer, Part 2

Disclaimers: At the time I wrote this, I had been a divorce lawyer for over 15 years, and married for 7 years.  You can see my original post here.

HAHAHAHA!!  I am reading that post now and rolling on the floor laughing.

In summary, I said:

  1.  After children, marriage metamorphosis must happen!  Focus on family first, and the marriage will follow.  Since my first marriage advice post, Scott and I have had 2 children. 

Marriage Advice From Your Favorite Divorce Lawyer, Part 1

Low Expectations Happy Marriage

Disclaimers: At the time I wrote this, I had been a divorce lawyer for over 8 years, and married only for less than 1 year.  You can read my original post here, on my other blog.

I am cracking up at how little I knew about marriage!!!!  haha.  In summary, I had said:

  1.  Before you marry, define marriage with each other.  What is marriage?  it’s FOREVER.  Not temporary, not “for now”, not “until he/she does something horrible”,

Child Support After Death of Custodial and/or Non-Custodial Parent

Child Support and Death

If you practice Family Law, you know that the duty of child support as to an unmarried child continues until a child is 18 or if still in high school, age 19.   Family Code 3901.

What happens if the payor dies?   Death of a parent is tragic – in every sense.   But what if the parents are divorced, and one is paying child support? Does the support terminate? 

Why We Don’t Offer Free Consultations in Divorce

Free Consultations in Divorce – Why We Don’t Offer Them

We receive many phone calls inquiring about “free consults”.  Most people accept that lawyers charge a fee for their time.  But some times, my assistants will get withering comments from callers, such as, “Why should I pay for a consult when Joe Blow and Jill Blow down the street give free consults?”

Here is why most family law firms, such as ours, charge a consult fee.

Can’t buy me love…or jurisdiction

Jurisdiction is complicated.  More so when people move around.  Kelly Rutherford is prime example.  Over 3 years ago, her divorce case was filed in California.  After a LONG trial, the Judge issued orders that the kids were to live in Monaco (citing, amongst other things, the fact that Father’s visa is revoked and cannot come to the USA).

So why did California lose jurisdition 3 years later?  It’s true that under the UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act) (in California it’s codified in Family Code 3400 et seq),