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Is San Francisco Too Expensive for Divorce?

The cost of living in San Francisco is notoriously high, more than 60% higher than the average in the United States. Some couples who have recently divorced in the San Francisco area have reached the hard realization that affording the cost of living in the area is significantly more challenging after a
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Is Alimony Taxable in 2018?

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) goes into effect for the 2018 tax year, and parents who pay and receive alimony should know how the new tax law affects them. Previously, divorced individuals who paid alimony to ex-spouses could count these payments as tax deductions, and recipients had to report
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What Do Courts Consider When Deciding on Child Custody?

California Child custody negotiations are complex and stressful procedures, and it’s essential that divorcing parents know what goes into a child custody ruling. The judge reviewing a child custody case has a legal obligation to rule in the best interests of the child. Once the court becomes involved in a child custody
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What If You Miss Child Support Payments?

Child support payments in a divorce case are for the good of the children involved. As the parent who must pay, however, it might not always be possible to make your payments on time. If you lose your job, get a demotion, or something else happens that interferes with your ability to
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3 Myths About Alimony in California

You may have heard horror stories and dramatic exaggerations about alimony on television shows or movies, but now you’re facing a divorce case of your own and wondering what to really expect. Many myths and misperceptions surround alimony, or spousal/partner support. It is a type of financial support one spouse may have
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How Is Child Support Calculated in California?

Questions of child support among divorcing couples can be both complicated and taxing. California has set a minimum child support guideline to make sure the distribution of money between parents is fair. This amount comes from an equation determined by set factors. The purpose of the guideline is for children to receive
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What to Include in a Fair Parenting Plan

Most divorce proceedings that involve minor children require a document called a parenting plan. This serves as a roadmap for parents following a divorce – it might include responsibilities for each parent, provisions for a child’s education, his or her religious upbringing, and more. Learn how to create a fair parenting plan
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The Hurdles of Same-Sex Divorce in California

A divorce is never an easy prospect. Though everyone experiences some degree of difficulty, both logistically and emotionally, following a divorce, same-sex couples face unique hurdles. Learn how same-sex divorces work in California – and what you can expect from a proceeding. The Legalities of Same-Sex Divorce California was among the first
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Is Spanking Considered Child Abuse?

In 2016, an estimated 676,000 children suffered abuse and neglect in the United States, and 1,750 children died as a result. Entrusted with the children’s safety, Child Protective Services (CPS) serves more than three million children each year. With more than 30 years experience practicing family law in California, Schoenberg Family Law
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