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Determining a domestic abuser's custody rights

Domestic violence continues to be an issue that plagues certain marriages in Los Angeles. Whether such abuse represents a single incident or a continued pattern of behavior, the results can be just as damaging. Indeed, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the number of intimate partner attacks that occur in the U.S. averages out to about 20 per minute. When such incidents result in divorce, the perpetrators' actions are taken into account when determining factors such as child custody. Yet does a history of domestic violence automatically prevent one from having any future association with his or her kids? 

Things you should remember during divorce mediation

If you and your spouse are considering a divorce and questioning what methods to use in facilitating your decision, you are certainly not alone. Many California couples have the same question and your decision is entirely up to your personal preference, the needs of you and your spouse and the time you have available.

Resolving custody issues in same-sex divorce cases

Given that is has been only in recent years that same-sex marriages have been legally recognized in the U.S., it may come as little surprise to learn that much confusion still surrounds the application of family law principles to such unions. Yet the growth of such marriages has prompted the need to develop appropriate interpretations of statutes related to marriage and the family. Indeed, the Pew Research Center reports that there may be up to 71,165 legally married same-sex couples in America. With this rise in same-sex marriages has also come an increase in same-sex divorces, which has forced California lawmakers to rule on how laws such as child custody and support apply to these cases. 

How can I simplify co-parenting?

Are you a newly separated or divorced parent in California? If so, you no doubt have quickly realized that while you may be able to extricate yourself from a romantic relationship with your former partner, you cannot avoid the need to work with that person to help raise your joint children. In fact, you likely don't want to as you know that maintaining healthy relationships with both parents is in the best interest of kids when and where possible. That said, making this happen is not always easy.

Does your spouse have off-shore accounts?

When spouses in California are faced with dividing everything they own during divorce, the temptation to hide assets can sometimes become irresistible. If you fear that your spouse has hidden funds in off-short accounts, you may be worried about how you will find this information and ensure that you get a fair settlement. The American Bar Association has created a guide to help you find any monies that your spouse may be attempting to hide in foreign banks.

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