2015: Most Popular California Family Law Stories
From U.S. Supreme Court decisions to practical tips for coping with divorce, we covered several different topics on our blog in 2015. Here are some of the highlights:
1. Major Developments in California Family Law
We reported on two major legal developments affecting California residents in 2015. In July, the California Supreme Court provided clarification on what it means to be separated for purposes of establishing alimony and child support. The California Supreme Court held that in order to be “separated” (which is a requirement for the courts to award financial support), spouses must be physically living under separate roofs.
Less than a month earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in which it held that all 50 states must allow and recognize same-sex marriages. While California legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision still has important implications gay and lesbian couples statewide.
2. Should You Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?
We also published two articles discussing the benefits and limitations of prenuptial agreements. Despite their stigma, prenuptial agreements are about much more than simply “planning for divorce.” In one article, we discussed the requirements for creating an enforceable prenuptial agreement. Making sure you avoid the pitfalls that can render a prenuptial agreement invalid is crucial to getting what you want out of your pre-marriage planning.
In a second article, we discussed the specific issue of protecting your business with a premarital agreement. After covering the basic requirements for a valid contract, we touched on a variety of issues that are unique to protecting ownership of a privately-held business in a divorce.
3. Preparing for Divorce and Life After Divorce
As you might expect, the majority of our articles in 2015 focused on topics relating to divorce. These included articles about planning for divorce, what to expect during the divorce process, and living life after your divorce. Take a look back at some of our most popular articles:
- What is the Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce?
- The Financial Benefits of a Trial Separation versus a Legal Separation
- How Fast Can You Get a Divorce?
- How to Split Up Retirement Accounts in a Divorce
- What to Do if Your Spouse is Hiding Assets
- Who Gets the Debt in the Divorce?
- Should I Revise My Will After My Divorce?
4. Spousal Support and the Financial Impacts of Child Custody
During the Summer, we published three articles covering issues relating to spousal support (alimony) and the financial impacts of child custody. In Understanding California Spousal Support, we outlined the factors that the California courts consider when awarding alimony. A few weeks later, we covered additional considerations for spouses either seeking or expecting to pay spousal support.
In an article titled, Child Custody – What is Legal vs. Physical Custody?, we also covered some of the financial and tax issues parents need to consider when seeking physical custody rights in a divorce.
5. Seasonal Tips for Parenting, Divorce, and Protecting Yourself from Domestic Violence
Finally, throughout the year we published a number of articles providing tips for dealing with the holidays and taking action to protect yourself from domestic violence. For example, in July we discussed custody o
ptions during summer break when kids are off from school. We also covered Domestic Violence Month in October, and then finished the year with an article that provides tips for handling the holiday season while going through a divorce.
Contact San Diego, CA Family Law Attorney Richard M. Renkin Today
We look forward to bringing you more practical, timely information on our blog in 2016. In the meantime, if you have questions about divorce, custody, spousal support, or any other matters related to family law in California, please contact us for a confidential consultation. With offices in San Diego, the Law Office of Renkin & Associates serves clients throughout Southern California.
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