As shelter-at-home policies took effect at the onset of the pandemic in Los Angeles County, calls to the Department of Public Health’s Domestic Violence Council Hotline increased every month of 2020 compared to 2019. The L.A. Police Department reported 16 percent more domestic violence calls in April of 2020 over 2019.
Pets are a valuable source of companionship, affection, support, and entertainment. No wonder many couples opt to adopt a pet together or bring their four-legged friend into their marriage. According to a recent Pet Ownership Study, about 53.0% of households in California own a pet.
You’ve been through a divorce and the parent who has custody of your children decides to relocate, whether for a better job opportunity or because of a new love interest. Can the custodial parent just up and move, or are there legal considerations?
When couples divorce and children are involved, one parent will often end up paying child support to the other, who is generally the parent with custodial rights of the couple’s child or children. But if one parent stops paying child support, what steps can the custodial parent take to get the payments resumed and missed previous payments brought current?
Divorce is a painful experience for children. Even when divorce is the best solution for family problems, children are still left with feelings of instability that may negatively impact their physical, mental, and emotional health, their relationships, even their academic performance.
During a divorce situation, issues of property or asset division often arise and must be sorted out. Since pets are considered a cherished member of the family by most, divorcing couples may be concerned about who gets the animal after a divorce. An experienced California family law attorney can help you to understand your rights regarding your pet in any form of marital dissolution.
It is vital to consult with an attorney before entering into an agreement before marriage with the prospective spouse. Engaged couples need to carefully consider their rights and obligations upon marriage and what can be achieved by a prenuptial agreement.
Permanent support or alimony is required in a marriage of over ten years’ duration unless the parties agree otherwise. There are a number of issues associated with the award of support, and I make sure you understand the concept, how the judge decides the issue, and how best to protect you if you are the supported spouse in the future.