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Effectively communicating with a co-parent after divorce

The ideal dream for any married couple is to have a family and raise their children together. However, sometimes this dream is cut short by divorce proceedings. According to statistics, the current divorce rate has risen over the years. This means more and more couples mostly with children, have to adapt raising their kids while staying in two homes.

The main challenge after a divorce is co-parenting. Learning how best to raise the children without having to drag them along in the conflict is something that takes time to master. This calls for mature communication from both sides, which helps the makes things much easier on the kids.

How can I reduce the conflict in my custody case?

When it comes to child custody, many people in Santa Monica are not aware of how their actions can hurt the outcome. They become so focused on what they want that they fail to take into proper consideration what is best for their kids and themselves. 

You may be struggling to come to a custody agreement with your spouse and feel tempted to resort to some shifty tactics in an effort to undermine your spouse’s claim. But your actions could backfire and interfere with yours. Take some time to review the following information on how to resolve your child custody case with less conflict. 

What is a Postnuptial Agreement and How Can It Protect You?

With over half of marriages ending in divorce, protecting yourself and your assets is a legitimate concern. However, with the stigma associated with prenuptial agreements, most couples enter into matrimony without any kind of legal document outlining the financial responsibilities that will be shared, and those that will be kept separate. As many people are finding out the consequences of unprotected marriage, and subsequent divorce, postnuptial agreements are gaining popularity. This is a lesser-known legal option that addresses the same issues as a prenup does, except that it is completed after the wedding.

4 Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Guardianship

When your family is in transition, it is important to understand any and all of the options available to you, to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of. There are many legal possibilities that lie outside of the usual routes of marriage, divorce, adoption, and the like. One of these things is legal guardianship, but most people are not sure what this entails. It is actually more common than you may realize, and is one of the best tools to keep families intact and keep children in healthy homes.

Don't Sabotage Yourself in Your Divorce Case

If you are considering, or are in the process of, divorce or other legal separation, you are probably under quite a bit of stress. Emotions tend to run high during these times, and unfortunately, they can get the best of us if we're not careful. Too often, individuals do or say things that can sabotage their efforts for a hassle-free divorce, and end up causing themselves more pain in the end. Divorce is hard enough as it is, so keep these guidelines in mind, to keep things going as smoothly as possible:

Factors In Determining Child Support

Under California law, both parents are required to provide support for their children, until one of the following occurs: the child turns 19, turns 18 and is no longer a full-time high school student, marries, dies, or becomes legally emancipated. For many couples who are getting divorced or separated, it is hard to know exactly how much child support is warranted, and this is typically calculated with complex mathematical formulas. The courts take into consideration a wide variety of factors when determining the proper child support amount, so if you are facing an upcoming child support negotiation, it's a good idea to keep these things in mind.

Are You a Victim Of Domestic Violence? Here's Why You Need an Attorney

Physical or verbal abuse between family members is unfortunately quite common, and it's estimated that 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men will experience physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner sometime in their lives. Over 10 million people each year are victims of domestic violence, and only a portion of those will seek legal help. While there are many great resources out there for domestic violence survivors, including phone hotlines and shelters, often reaching out to an attorney is one of the best things you can do.

Seven Misconceptions About Prenuptial Agreements

Marriage is one of the biggest commitments that anyone can make during their lifetime, but too many couples rush into this legally binding contract without thorough preparation. With over half of marriages ending in divorce, it's always a great idea to talk to a marriage and family lawyer before taking the plunge. One of the easiest ways that you can protect your assets and interests in an upcoming marriage is through a document called a "prenuptial agreement." However, these contracts, known as "prenups," have an unnecessarily negative reputation, which keeps many couples from drafting them.

Protecting Your Pets In Your Divorce

Here at T&L Family Law, we love our pets, and we are sure you do too. Dogs, cats, and other companion animals give joy and meaning to our lives, and we consider them a part of the family. Under previous law, these pets were deemed property, and weren't given any special consideration in divorce or separation cases. However, the opinions are changing, and nowadays, it's not uncommon for a couple to make custody arrangements for their animals after they split. It may sound a little far-fetched, but we are committed to protecting the health and safety of all of our clients- not just the two-legged ones.

Don't Go To Just Any Lawyer For Your High Asset Divorce

All marriages, even those between members of the elite class, are subject to the same trials and challenges, and many will end in divorce. Depending on your social and economic standing, you may need special handling for your marital dissolution. Complicated property divisions, joint business ownerships, offshore bank accounts, stock options, and insurance packages may present unique obstacles in a divorce case, and you shouldn't trust just any family lawyer in Santa Monica to handle yours. These so-called "high asset" divorces require a certain level of confidentiality and strategy to make things go as smoothly as possible, and only an experienced law firm can accommodate those needs.

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