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California is the center of an international child support battle

The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Family Maintenance went into full effect in the United States on Jan. 1, 2017. Now, California is at the heart of one of the first cases to try to help a woman get financial support from the biological father of her child.

Seeking protections through temporary orders before your divorce

The decision to divorce is unique for every family. Some couples come to a slow and mutual agreement, and others reach a volatile climax. You and your spouse may be among those in California who cannot wait for the divorce decree before obtaining important court rulings.

Michigan dad enters guilty plea for massive child support bill

A dad from Michigan has pleaded guilty to a massive child support bill that has accrued over the past couple of decades. The man, known as the "Most Wanted Deadbeat," issued his guilty plea to a $559,000 bill for child support earlier this month after being captured in Canada. The plea was entered in United States District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Teamwork can create a valuable prenuptial agreement

As an adult, you have a duty to protect your interests. It is all too easy to think that your upcoming nuptials don't require any protection; however, having a prenuptial agreement in place is a responsible decision that you and your betrothed can make together. This doesn't mean that you expect the marriage to fail. Instead, it is a good opportunity to make sure that you and your future spouse are on the same page about finances.

Wealthy children who marry and prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements are important documents that protect both parties in a marriage should it end in divorce. These documents are especially important when one person entering the marriage does so with significantly more property than the other person. The same can be said for wealthy children who are marrying. Many won't think twice about a prenuptial agreement in California but their families will want to protect the wealth.

Does your client want to file a post-divorce appeal?

At some point in the divorce trial, you may have sensed things were not going well. Perhaps the judge took an immediate disliking to your client or overruled critical objections. As the case progresses, you may have concerns about the client's right to appeal a decision. In fact, if your client has already expressed the desire to file an appeal, you may be directing your energy into handling the rest of the trial with an appeal in mind, including making appropriate objections as the case proceeds.

Does your child custody agreement need to be changed?

When you and your ex either negotiated or litigated your current child custody agreement, you did so with the information you had at the time. Even though you tried to predict the future and include provisions that would cover eventualities, it can be nearly impossible to cover all the bases.

Your divorce plan must be comprehensive

A divorce is a huge life change that you have address head on. You can't ignore it and hope it will go away. The process that you will go through isn't a quick one. There is the legal aspect of things, which is hard enough on its own. On top of that, there is also the logistical facet of the case and there is an emotional process that you will go through.

Tips for navigating your taxes following a divorce

When a marriage ends in divorce, there's likely to be a lot of confusion, worry and stress on the part of one of the spouses. This is due to the fact that the other spouse probably handled all of the finances, including the annual tax returns filed with the state of California and the federal government. This can be overwhelming for someone to pick up and learn on a short notice, so here are some tips for dealing with taxes in a divorce.