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When Higher Income Means Less Child Support

In 2005, F and M had an affair that resulted in their daughter, Z. F is a married movie producer and director and M is a part time hair stylist. F has three children with his wife, and M has two other ...
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What's Next After Filing for Divorce

The California Family Code and the state’s legislature define dissolution, legal separation and nullity proceedings as non-adversarial, because they are no-fault actions. In other words, there ...
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The Rich are Different from Us

Mother [M] and Father [F] were never married, but in 2001, they had a daughter [D] together. M and F never lived together, and D had always lived with M in Pacific Palisades, California – a very ...
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Self-Help with the California Legal System

The legal system can be a very difficult process for the average person to navigate. Lawyers spend years in school learning how to navigate the system! However, California’s legislature has ...
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When There is Enough "Abandonment" for Adoption

In 2005, M and S began a romantic relationship and then lived together off-and-on for four and one half years. However, during that time, S abused drugs and alcohol. At one point during their time ...
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Family Law Facilitator

A family law facilitator helps people representing themselves in legal situations regarding child support, spousal support and/or health insurance issues. In Los Angeles County, the Office of Family ...
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Hawaii's Law to Deprive Rapists of Parental Rights

In California, under Family Code Section 3030(b), no person shall be granted custody of or visitation of a child, if that person has been convicted of rape and the child was conceived as a result of ...
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Charlie Sheen's Child Support Request

Charlie Sheen is a famous American movie star and television actor. In the 1980s, he was known for his roles in movies such as, Platoon, Wall Street, and Eight Men Out. By the early 2000s, he was ...
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Attorneys' Fees Awards

Mother and Father were divorced in 2002, but continued with court appearances regarding support and custody of their children, attorneys’ fees and sanctions (a legal punishment for bad ...
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Who Gets to Receive Child Support for Adult Children?

Mother and Father were married in 1993 and divorced in 2008. They had two sons during their relationship, Older Son (OS) born in 1991, and Younger Son (YS) born in 1995. They divorced in 2008. The ...
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Changing a Child Support Order in California

Once child support has been awarded, if circumstances change, either parent can return to court and ask that the amount be changed. However, unless both parents agree to the change, there must be a ...
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Child Support Can Last into a Child's Adulthood

Mother and Father were divorced in 1998. They had one son. Their marital settlement agreement (MSA) gave physical custody of Son to Mother, with Father paying child support until Son’s high ...
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Biology Doesn't Always Change Legal Father Status

Mother (known as “JB”) and Michael were married in 2011. They lived together until Michael, a U.S. soldier, was deployed to the Persian Gulf in August of 2013. In April of 2014, Michael ...
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The Divorce Mediation Process

Since divorces can be rancorous, emotionally draining, and needlessly expensive, many divorcing couples use the mediation process in divorce proceedings to lessen or eliminate these problems. The ...
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Benefits of the Mediation Process

Divorces are often rancorous, emotionally draining, and can be needlessly expensive. Using the mediation process in divorce proceedings can lessen or eliminate these problems. The mediation process ...
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Qualified Medical Child Support Orders (QMCSO)

In any child support proceedings in California the law states that a court must consider if the parties have access to health insurance coverage for the children. Family Code Section 3750 requires ...
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Giada De Laurentiis's California Divorce Settlement

Giada De Laurentiis is a famous cook with her own television shows on the Food Network cable channel. In 2003, she married fashion designer Todd Thompson. In 2008, the couple had their only child, ...
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Paternity Issues in California

In California, paternity of a child is a legal issue in determining the rights and obligations of children and their legal fathers. When a man is married to the mother at the time of the child’s ...
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Reporting Child Support Arrearages to Credit Bureaus

In California, the Department of Child Support Services must maintain a system to report delinquencies of court-ordered child support obligations. One way it does so is by reporting the delinquencies ...
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Support Can Be Based on Ability to Earn

Husband and Wife married in 1992. They had one child together. In 2009, Husband filed for divorce; Wife responded and asked for child and spousal support. During their marriage, Husband worked on ...
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When the Act of Rape Continues

Contrary to the opinion of former United States Congressman Todd Aiken and others, women can and do get pregnant from being raped. In fact, an estimated 30,000 women become pregnant from rape every ...
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Collecting Child Support Via the State of California

In California, once child support is owed, it is always owed until paid. There is no statute of limitations to legally erase the debt over a period of time. When a court orders a parent to pay child ...
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When a Custodial Parent Interferes with Visitation Rights

The state of California makes very clear the importance of a child’s continuous interactions with both parents. It recommends joint custody as the preferred form of custody, unless other ...
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Establishing Paternity in California

In California, Section 7540 of the Family Code states that a child of a wife living with her husband at the time of conception (unless he is impotent or sterile) is considered to be the ...
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Computer Software to Calculate Child Support

In California, a commercial software program known as “DissoMaster” is used by family law specialists to determine the amount of child support one parent must pay to the other. It is based ...
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