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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.

Marisa C. San Filippo Awarded "10 Best Family Law Attorneys"

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP is proud to announce that Marisa C. San Filippo was been awarded the "10 Best Female Attorneys for Client Satisfaction" for a second year in a row by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA). In order to be nominated for this award, a lawyer must achieve remarkable success in the field of Family Law while maintaining superior service and support. The attorney must be formally nominated by the Institute, a client, or a fellow attorney; attain the highest degree of professional achievement; and have an impeccable client satisfaction rating. AIOFLA's recognition is a reflection of Ms. San Filippo's legal accomplishments and the admiration her clients and peers have for her.

Two Recent Legal Seminars Feature Speaker-Guest Attorney Michèle Bissada

Menlo Park Family Law Attorney Michèle M. Bissada of Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP has a long-held reputation of being knowledgeable and professional. She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law (ACFLS) and belongs to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Due to her experience and prestige within the field of family law, she recently spoke at two legal seminars.

How to Divide Business Assets During a Divorce

Dividing a business during a divorce is often a complicated task because so many variables come into play. As with other assets in the state of California, a business is considered in the valuation and division of community property. Community property is defined as assets acquired or income earned by either spouse during marriage. Separate property is defined as assets acquired prior to the marriage, gifts inherited or received during the marriage, or items and money earned after separation. Anything considered community property must be equally divided among both parties in the absence of any written agreements that state otherwise.

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP Recognized in 2017 "Best Law Firms"

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP is proud to announce that we received a ranking in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers© "Best Law Firms" for our work in Family Law. For any law firm to be considered for this prestigious list, it must have at least one attorney with a rating in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Additionally, rankings are based on client feedback and peer review surveys, which are conducted with transparency and sophistication to produce meaningful evaluations. Fees are not associated with this list, so inclusion is purely based on the merit of a law firm's work.

The Do's & Don'ts of Social Media

In the digital age, piecing together an opinion about someone based on his or her online presence is very easy. This is why it is imperative to exercise caution online during the divorce process. It is not uncommon to hear how a person's online activities can be used against them in court. Negative online activity could harm a person's goals in regards to child custody, spousal support, and other divorce-related matters.

If you are in the middle of resolving a divorce-related matter, it is a good idea to heed the following tips:

2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms™

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP is proud to announce its achievement as one of Martindale-Hubbell's 2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law FirmsTM. This rare ranking is awarded to a firm when at least a third of their lawyers have achieved the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating. The AV Preeminent® rating is a significant accomplishment, indicating that the lawyer has been deemed by his or her peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability. Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP was selected out of over 1.2 million lawyers and firms in over 160 countries.