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Psychiatrists examine parental alienation

An American Psychiatric Association panel has just completed an examination of what is called parental alienation. The concept is focused around how one parent can often try to turn a child against another parent when the couple is separated or divorced. In California, as well as elsewhere in the nation, this often occurs in the context of a battle over child custody. The psychiatrists were debating whether parental alienation should be officially listed as a mental disorder, as some had advocated, and ultimately declined to do so.

Staying accountable in a California divorce

We often discuss the emotional toll that a divorce can take on people. Whether a couple ends a marriage bitterly or amicably, dealing with the emotional effects of a divorce can be difficult for everyone. However, it is important not to lose sight of the facts and finances of a divorce. Even though it can be challenging, taking control of finances after a California divorce can help a person regain his or her individuality and move forward.

Study: Doubt, cold feet before the wedding may signal trouble

Many of us have heard that having cold feet before a wedding is normal and nothing to worry about. But for those people who have a real sense of uncertainty and doubt before getting married, there may be more to it than simply being nervousness.

Legal fees addressed in Chad Johnson's prenuptial agreement

California couples who are planning a wedding are typically excited and caught up in a whirlwind of details and planning. However, it may be a good idea for those soon-to-be-married couples to take a step back and shift from planning for the short term to planning for the future. While it may be difficult to discuss at first, drawing up a prenuptial agreement might be one of those details that should be tended to.

Man worth $120 million still owes $10 million in child support

A parent has an obligation to care for any child that he or she brings into this world. When a parent who is divorced neglects to honor a child support agreement, it is the child who suffers the most. It is also considered "contempt of court" for violating a child custody agreement that is mandated by a family court in California.

'Gossip Girl' actress struggles with international custody

No matter how many times a person reads about custody-related issues, it can never fully prepare a parent for these challenges. Working through a child custody agreement can be one of the most difficult things for a California parent to do. People hear about custody arrangements on TV shows and in the news all time, and may think they will know what to expect, but that is often not the case.

Tips for divorced parents as kids go back to school

Several parents throughout California have gone through a divorce during the summer. Now, with back-to-school time underway for many families, children and their parents are struggling to come to terms with a new family structure. Although this time may seem difficult for both parents and their kids, several tips have been provided by experts to ease the transition back to school.

Protecting assets after the marriage

In our last post, we discussed the benefits of having a prenuptial agreement in place before getting married. However, it is becoming increasingly popular for California couples to draw up a postnuptial agreement which is developed after the wedding.