Coronavirus/COVID-19 Shelter in Place in CA: What Happens to My Kids and to Child Custody Agreements?

Please note: The information on this post is accurate as of TIME on March 20, 2020. We will try to keep this post as updated as possible as events continue to unfold. But remember, if you have legal questions, it’s always best to get specific legal advice from a lawyer. LFLG is currently offering steeply discounted 30-minute legal consultations at a $99 flat rate, until April 1. Contact us here. California’s statewide shelter in place directive has left many parents …
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Will Coronavirus Impact My Divorce?

Coronavirus is on all of our minds. We’re following CDC guidance; we’re washing our hands, we’re sanitizing the surfaces we touch, stocking up on disinfectant, and hoarding toilet paper. (Why toilet paper? Why??)  What you might not be thinking about (yet) is how coronavirus could impact your divorce process. Which is why I’m here with this Q&A about how to prepare yourself if and when the time comes that coronavirus does start to impact your divorce:  I’m quarantined due to …
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Spousal Support A-Z

One of the key issues that arises in a divorce proceeding is spousal support, aka alimony.  Spousal support comes in two varieties, temporary spousal support and long-term spousal support.  Spousal support is something that has to be requested by one of the parties.  If neither party requests it, jurisdiction will be reserved on the issue unless the parties agree to terminate it in the judgment paperwork.  By reserved, we mean that court will continue to have the ‘ability’ to award …
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Highlights From 2019: The Levine Team Wins Big – in and out of the Courtroom

Did last year fly by or what? 2019 was awesome but we are super excited to get working in 2020 and…. get our kids back to school ;-). Seriously though, this year was one of the first that we took some REAL time off over the holidays and we feel rested, inspired, recharged and ready to hit the ground running. 2019 was one of our favorite years in that it was action packed from day 1 and we really got …
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I am not on title to our house, is it still joint property?

Disclaimer: Property ownership is a big deal! If you have questions related to a home or rental property, definitely contact a lawyer. But start by reading this post to get a sense for how the law works. Well the long answer is “maybe” (followed by explanation below). The short answer is, probably “yes!” Why can’t lawyers just say “yes” or “no?” Why does everything have to be so complicated? Well, partially because the law is not just made up of …
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How to Marie Kondo Your Divorce

Nothing causes anxiety like a divorce that’s “stuck.” The solution? Declutter your divorce and get it back on track. Now’s a great time to finalize your divorce. Or, at least head in that direction. By getting your divorce on track before summer, you can make any “big” lifestyle changes while your kids are out for the break and you have long sunshine-y days. So why should you “declutter” your divorce and get it on track? Because one thing that causes …
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Social Media & Divorce

By: Stan Sarkisov “The past decade has also seen the advent and ascendency of social media, with websites such as Facebook and Twitter occupying a central place in the lives of so many people.” – NY Supreme Court, ruling that spouses can be served divorce papers via Facebook (Baidoo v. Blood-Dzraku) Your ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ aren’t the only ones paying attention to your social media—so are judges, attorneys, and well, likely your ex and his or her community.   During the …
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New Year, New Laws: What You Need to Know About Divorce in 2019

If you’ve been weighing divorce and have decided that 2019 is the year you move to your next chapter, there are a few new laws you should know about before you file.   Changes to Spousal Support When sweeping federal tax reform became law in late 2017, it included a big change to the way spousal support would be considered, beginning January 1, 2019. In the past, the spouse providing support would get a tax deduction for the payments, and …
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Take Control of Your Credit During (and After) Divorce, With These 8 Steps

We asked Ian  Lyngklip, of Lyngklip and Associates, Consumer Law Center, to weigh in on how you can protect and/or repair your credit after divorce. Read Ian’s guest blog below!   Most people think that divorce is the end of their relationship with their spouse. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, divorce can be just the beginning of what is a long and difficult battle to reclaim your credit and your …
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Choosing the Right Legal Help for Your Divorce

I have been a practicing family law attorney for over a decade at Levine Family Law Group and now Hello Divorce. A couple weeks ago a client came in for a second opinion. He had hired a lawyer 6 weeks ago and wasn’t even sure if he had filed a petition to divorce, and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone in his attorney’s office about the status of her case. Honestly, nothing frustrates me more than lawyers who don’t …
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