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Things to consider when creating a parenting plan

Creating a parenting plan during your divorce is easier said than done, as you'll need to closely work with the other parent in order to figure everything out.

Despite the fact that you may not agree on every last detail, you'll want to go into the process with the idea that compromise will go a long way in putting a bad situation in the past.

When your ex wants to move away with the kids

You may have thought there was no more helpless feeling than the one you experienced as the court ruled on your custody arrangement during your divorce. The precious time you share with your children became even more important after you were limited by a court order, even if the time was split equitably between you and your former spouse.

However, you are now feeling a new level of helplessness since your ex-spouse notified you of his or her intentions to move away with the children to another city or away from California altogether. While it is reasonable to feel like the situation is out of your control, knowing your rights in a relocation situation may help you make wise moves to protect your custody privileges.

What are the main reasons to establish parentage of a child?

Establishing parentage is exactly what you would expect. This means that you sign an official Declaration of Paternity or obtain a court order that outlines who the legal parents are.

It's important to understand the reasons to establish parentage, such as the fact that the child has the benefit of knowing for sure who both their parents are. Along with this, there are many legal rights that get passed along to the child, such as:

  • Financial support from both their mother and father
  • Legal documentation
  • Access to family history and medical records
  • Both parents' names on their birth certificate
  • The ability to receive medical insurance coverage from either parent
  • The opportunity to receive an inheritance from both parents
  • The right to receive veteran's benefits and/or Social Security, if applicable

The ex of Tradesy's owner sues for his share of company profits

The husband of the founder and owner of the online e-commerce site Tradesy filed a lawsuit on April 30 against his estranged wife. In his Los Angeles Superior Court filing, he alleges that his wife breached her verbal promise she'd made to share Tradesy's revenues with him.

According to the husband, he apparently took a break from his music career for a period in order to dedicate additional time to his partnership with his wife.

Property division can be very complex and challenging

There are many points of a divorce that might prove to be a challenge. For many people going through this process, the property division is the most difficult. This is because people connect to their assets emotionally, as well as financially. If you are going through a divorce, you need to make sure that you are looking at this based on the factors of your case.

One situation that can make property division even more difficult than normal is the presence of a business in the assets. In these cases, the fate of the business often depends on the outcome of the divorce. You have a few options for the business.

  • You and your ex can run it together
  • One person can buy the other out
  • Sell the business and split the profit

Child custody and summer vacation: Keep these tips in mind

Many children (and adults) look forward to summer vacation. There's nothing better than the opportunity to get away from your day-to-day life, all with the idea of having fun with the people you love.

However, things can get sticky in regards to child custody. While you want to take your child on vacation, your ex-spouse may have the same idea. With this in mind, you need to work out the finer details well in advance. Here are some things to think about:

  • Setup a vacation schedule with the other parent as soon as possible (and be sure to share all the necessary details, such as how long you'll be gone)
  • Review your parenting agreement to ensure that you aren't violating it in any way
  • Exchange custody in a safe place, and talk about any lingering details at that point
  • Let your children communicate with the other parent while they're on vacation

Easing the stress of divorce for your children

As difficult as your divorce will be for you, it will be even worse for your children. You chose to end your marriage and lead separate lives, but they continue to love and need both of you. The fact remains that their lives will change, and they may experience a myriad of emotions about it.

They may feel responsible somehow and wonder whether they will continue to have time with each of you. They need some sense of security and safety during this time. In addition, they may have a lot of questions. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse may want to take steps to reduce the stress and anxiety they feel.

4 ways to tell if a creative custody schedule might work for you

For generations, divorced families have been looking for ways to make custody arrangements easier and better for the children involved. Often, this looked like having them spend most of their time with one parent and then going to the other parent's house for visitation. 

Today, there are many different approaches to custody plans, especially in cases where parents have equal or near-equal parenting time. These non-traditional approaches can work well, but they aren't right for everyone. If you are considering a creative custody schedule, you should think carefully about your situation to determine if such an arrangement is a good fit.

Preparing for the court battle you may never have wanted

When it comes to divorce, few issues inspire an emotional response like the child custody aspect of the proceedings. You and your child's other parent may both think you know what is best for your children, and neither of you is willing to compromise on your visions for their futures.

This probably means that you may not be able to work out an custody agreement amicably. Instead, you face going to court, pleading your case and hoping that the judge will see the situation your way. Considering what's at stake, you wouldn't want to go into this "battle" without understanding what you are up against and making some preparations.

Make a premarital agreement ironclad and hope you never need it

Now that your engagement is official, you may want to pop another question to your intended about executing a prenuptial agreement. Perhaps you hesitate because you feel it may break the festive and joyous mood surrounding your impending nuptials.

Perhaps that was the prevailing attitude in the past, but these days, more California couples see the benefits of preparing for divorce while hoping it never happens. Couples take this opportunity to learn about each other's assets and liabilities along with how each of them handles financial matters.