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Know how to approach a prenuptial agreement when you get engaged

You have a lot to think about when you get engaged. One of the things that you need to do that some people won't do is get a prenuptial agreement set. Many people assume that these are only for the wealthy and people who have considerable assets, but these agreements can help all couples who are getting married because they offer security.

When you are coming up with the terms of the premarital agreement, you have to be sure they are fair. You can't favor one person over the other when you are coming up with the terms. In addition, you have to ensure that you have fully disclosed the assets that you have so that your future spouse can make decisions based on the actual facts.

When fair proceedings are impeded by a hidden asset scheme

Whether you planned your wedding for months and went all out on a lavish celebration with hundreds of your closest friends and family members or you dashed off to elope with a justice of the peace officiating your union, getting married was likely one of the most significant decisions you had made in your life up to that point. Similarly, deciding to file for divorce is also an intensely personal, weighty decision that most people do not take lightly.

Regardless of the exact reasons for your divorce, it's understandable that you want to keep proceedings as low-key and low-stress as possible so that you can resolve any issues that warrant negotiation, finalize your agreement, leave the past behind and move on in life. If you suspect that your spouse is creating a problem that would prevent a fair and agreeable settlement, you can ask the court to intervene.

How expensive is it to raise your child?

As a married couple, you knew that raising a child was expensive, but you sort of just took those expenses in stride. You tried to find ways to deal with bills and increased costs. You budgeted, but you didn't think about the overall cost that often.

Now that you're getting married and the question of child support has been raised, you're really looking at it in a new way. How much support is needed? How much will it really cost to raise that child?

Post-divorce child support modification: When is it warranted?

As one of many California parents who decided to divorce, you've undoubtedly given a lot of thought to your children's futures and how best to provide for their needs. Often, after divorce, those considerations involve questions of child support.

The court has the final say in all matters related to child custody and support. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that every ruling is permanent. As long as a court order exists, you and your ex are legally obligated to adhere to its terms, but there may be legitimate reasons to request a change. It's always a good idea to seek legal guidance before requesting a child support modification.

Go into your divorce proceedings armed with information

One thing is certain about divorce: you will have to make some difficult decisions as part of your negotiations with your spouse. These will vary according to your circumstances, but you must think about what is truly important when it comes times to make those choices.

Here are some tips that can help you cope:

Have you been dealing with these divorce issues?

Not many people would say marriage is easy. To the contrary, most spouses, perhaps including you, would say that marriage can be rewarding and pleasant but also challenging and problematic, sometimes even within the same day. Has your marriage seen more bad days than good in recent months (or years)? If so, you may be able to relate to certain issues that many people cite as causal factors in divorce.

If you've already determined that your marriage is no longer sustainable, one or more of such problems may be fresh in your mind. Especially if you're a parent, you may feel a bit overwhelmed as you think about changing your entire lifestyle and ending a relationship that you thought would last a lifetime. You're definitely not alone in your struggle, and reading more about others' experiences may help you focus and plan the best course of action in your own situation.

Can you change that child custody arrangement?

You're not happy with the way that your child custody arrangement was handed down by the court and you want to change it. Is a modification even possible or are you stuck with what the court decided?

It is possible, though experts warn that it is also rather difficult. Typically, the court will assume that the original decision about child custody was the correct decision. Just because you don't agree with it does not change this line of thinking. They're often reluctant to alter the schedule or reconsider the case.

Review your parenting plan to start off 2019 on the right foot

The new year is the perfect time to review your child custody order to ensure that it sets your child up for the best year possible. Many parents don't realize that you have the option of modifying these orders as the child gets older and their needs change. We know that the process of modifying the custody order can seem daunting, but we are here to help you get it done.

The parenting time schedule is something that you need to go over now. You can write out the plan for the upcoming year on a calendar. This can be quite helpful when it's time to plan events like family vacations. There might be some changes to the schedule as the year progresses, but having the basic outline to which you can refer can make your life much easier.

Tips to plan for the new year as your marriage ends

Not all marriages last, and yours is ending in divorce. The new year is coming up, and it feels like the ideal time to start planning for what your new life is going to be like. Who do you want to be in 2019? What do you want your life to look like? Remember, you have complete control over the course your life takes from here on out.

First of all, it may be a good idea to focus on building some new traditions, especially if you have children. The old ones just don't fit your schedule or your life now that you and your ex are co-parenting, but that doesn't mean you have to sit around thinking about what used to be. Take this time to build new traditions that you can love and embrace for the future.