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James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys

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09.08.2016
How Will a DUI Affect a Child Custody Ruling?

During any divorce case, the judge will take the children’s best interests into account when making any sort of child custody ruling, and that includes looking into the driving records of all parties involved. One key part of a driving record ...

08.26.2016
How Will Infidelity or Adultery Affect My Divorce Case?

Even though adultery can end a relationship in a heartbeat, it may not have the same dramatic effect on your divorce case depending on which state you live in. California is one of a number of states that allow for “no fault” divorce ...

07.29.2016
How Is Paternity Established?

Only in the rarest of cases do courts need to determine who the mother of a child is; nine months of pregnancy and hours of labor leading to the child’s birth tends to be a pretty strong indicator. Paternity, on the other hand, can be much ...

07.11.2016
Drug Testing in Child Custody Cases

Divorce proceedings can become contentious, especially when the court needs to determine who will be granted custody of any children involved. A common way that a parent may attempt to secure custody rights is to prove that the other parent cannot ...

07.29.2016
How Is Paternity Established?

Only in the rarest of cases do courts need to determine who the mother of a child is; nine months of pregnancy and hours of labor leading to the child’s birth tends to be a pretty strong indicator. Paternity, on the other hand, can be much ...

06.23.2016
What Are Child Support Add-Ons?

Determining child support can be a contentious part of any divorce, but for the most part, calculating them is a fairly straightforward process. They are based on California Child Support Guidelines, and can be estimated using the California ...

06.03.2016
Who Decides My Child Support?

When children are involved in divorce proceedings, you may wonder how and who will decide child support. The answer to “who” is the judge, but the question of “how” is slightly more complicated. Every state has its own formula ...

03.18.2016
How Long Do I Have to Pay Child Support?

Regardless of whether a couple is together or not, the parents have an obligation to support their children. When the parents decide to divorce, the court orders child support payments that one must make to the other. This money helps cover the ...

03.30.2017
Hidden Tax Issues To Look Out For During Your Divorce

The divorce process is often incredibly stressful and emotionally draining for everyone involved, which can make an already complicated process even more difficult to understand and prepare for. One major issue to look out for are hidden tax ...

12.02.2016
Pro Se Divorce: The Pros and Cons

As you head into your divorce, you may think to yourself, ‘Why should I pay someone to help me with all of this paperwork when I can save myself a few dollars and do it myself?’ Couples who maintain an amicable relationship are even more ...

08.26.2016
How Will Infidelity or Adultery Affect My Divorce Case?

Even though adultery can end a relationship in a heartbeat, it may not have the same dramatic effect on your divorce case depending on which state you live in. California is one of a number of states that allow for “no fault” divorce ...

08.12.2016
What Are the Different Types of Alimony?

Alimony can be one of the most contentious parts of any divorce proceedings, seeing as it may be the only way one of the parties can ensure financial stability following their separation. While the basic concept – one party pays the other a ...

06.14.2016
Your Guide to the California Divorce Process

Divorce is a complicated process to go through, but that doesn’t mean you need to go in confused. We’ve broken down the basic steps involved in a California divorce in order to give you a clearer understanding of what you need to prepare ...

02.21.2011
What Rights Do I Have If I Am A Registered Domestic Partner?

Pursuant to section 297.5 of the California Family Code, persons who are registered as a domestic partner shall have the same rights, protections, benefits and shall have the same obligations as those granted to and imposed upon spouses. This means ...

02.18.2011
What Is A Domestic Partnership?

Pursuant to Section 297 of the California Family Code, domestic partners are "two adults who have chosen to share one another's lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring." In order to establish a domestic ...

04.22.2015
Who Should I Choose As The Executor Of My Estate?

Estate planning lawyers at James D. Madden, Attorney at Law discuss how to choose an executor or trustee, and what functions they will perform on your behalf. Only you can choose the executor or trustee of your estate. If you do not have a Will, ...

03.30.2017
Hidden Tax Issues To Look Out For During Your Divorce

The divorce process is often incredibly stressful and emotionally draining for everyone involved, which can make an already complicated process even more difficult to understand and prepare for. One major issue to look out for are hidden tax ...

12.02.2016
Pro Se Divorce: The Pros and Cons

As you head into your divorce, you may think to yourself, ‘Why should I pay someone to help me with all of this paperwork when I can save myself a few dollars and do it myself?’ Couples who maintain an amicable relationship are even more ...

09.08.2016
How Will a DUI Affect a Child Custody Ruling?

During any divorce case, the judge will take the children’s best interests into account when making any sort of child custody ruling, and that includes looking into the driving records of all parties involved. One key part of a driving record ...

08.26.2016
How Will Infidelity or Adultery Affect My Divorce Case?

Even though adultery can end a relationship in a heartbeat, it may not have the same dramatic effect on your divorce case depending on which state you live in. California is one of a number of states that allow for “no fault” divorce ...

12.11.2015
How a Family Law Specialist Can Help You

Consider the following scenario. You and your spouse have realized that your marriage no longer makes either of you happy. Whether amicably or through adversity, you decide on a divorce. However, you realize you will need an attorney but are unsure ...

06.03.2016
Who Decides My Child Support?

When children are involved in divorce proceedings, you may wonder how and who will decide child support. The answer to “who” is the judge, but the question of “how” is slightly more complicated. Every state has its own formula ...

10.28.2015
The Benefits of Mediation in a Divorce

Deciding to get a divorce can be difficult decision. It takes strength and courage to accept when a relationship is over. Although there are turbulent emotions, if a couple has both accepted the idea of a divorce, it might be worthwhile to settle ...

01.12.2012
Is Family Law Mediation Important?

If you are going through a child custody battle, or if you have children and are contemplating filing for divorce, it is important to know that the court will send you to mediation. Clients often ask, "is family law mediation important?" ...

01.17.2011
What Factors Are Used To Determine Child Custody?

Often times, child custody is the most emotional and sensitive issue when people are going through a divorce or paternity action. The emotional scars are not only borne by the parents, but the children as well. Through all the fighting and ...

07.29.2016
How Is Paternity Established?

Only in the rarest of cases do courts need to determine who the mother of a child is; nine months of pregnancy and hours of labor leading to the child’s birth tends to be a pretty strong indicator. Paternity, on the other hand, can be much ...

05.17.2016
What Happens to a Custody Agreement When You Move Out of State?

As hard as it was during the divorce, your life has settled down to the point where you’ve moved on, and you’re ready to move to greener pastures. But what happens if the pastures you’re moving to are in a different state from your ...

04.29.2016
Signs of Parental Alienation Syndrome

The American Psychiatric Association recognizes parental alienation syndrome (PAS) as a dysfunction in the child-parent and parent-parent relationship. Occurring in hostile marriages, separations, and divorces, PAS involves one parent (the alienator) ...

04.25.2016
Co-Parenting Time: How to Make the Most of Summer Vacation

Summer vacations are a time for you and your family to step outside, take a break, and enjoy the warm weather together. Many families go out of town, while others choose to enjoy local amenities. Summer vacations are a time to create new and ...

01.19.2011
What Is A Premarital (Prenuptual) Agreement?

If you are thinking about getting married, the thought of a premarital agreement has probably crossed you mind. For most people, that thought stays in their mind because of the uncomfortable situation that would surely follow. Most people are of the ...

08.26.2016
How Will Infidelity or Adultery Affect My Divorce Case?

Even though adultery can end a relationship in a heartbeat, it may not have the same dramatic effect on your divorce case depending on which state you live in. California is one of a number of states that allow for “no fault” divorce ...

02.03.2016
How to Divide Retirement Savings in a California Divorce

California is a “community property” state. This means that all assets, savings, and debts acquired during a marriage must be divided equally. Retirement savings are also equally distributed, but can be more complicated. Because there are ...

10.05.2015
Divorce and Pets

When it comes to pets, most of us consider them to be a part our family. We care for them, play with them, and love them almost as much as our children (Shh…don’t tell your kids). It is estimated that 62% of American households have ...

02.21.2011
What Rights Do I Have If I Am A Registered Domestic Partner?

Pursuant to section 297.5 of the California Family Code, persons who are registered as a domestic partner shall have the same rights, protections, benefits and shall have the same obligations as those granted to and imposed upon spouses. This means ...

02.10.2011
What Is A Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

Domestic violence is defined by the Family Code as abuse perpetrated against a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, dating relationship, a child of a party, or any other blood relative. A domestic violence restraining order is a court order prohibiting ...

08.26.2016
How Will Infidelity or Adultery Affect My Divorce Case?

Even though adultery can end a relationship in a heartbeat, it may not have the same dramatic effect on your divorce case depending on which state you live in. California is one of a number of states that allow for “no fault” divorce ...

08.12.2016
What Are the Different Types of Alimony?

Alimony can be one of the most contentious parts of any divorce proceedings, seeing as it may be the only way one of the parties can ensure financial stability following their separation. While the basic concept – one party pays the other a ...

07.29.2016
How Is Paternity Established?

Only in the rarest of cases do courts need to determine who the mother of a child is; nine months of pregnancy and hours of labor leading to the child’s birth tends to be a pretty strong indicator. Paternity, on the other hand, can be much ...

06.08.2016
How Is Alimony Calculated?

How Is Alimony Calculated? When it comes to divorce, alimony or spousal support consistently proves to be a point of contention between both parties. One wants more, the other wants to give less. You may find yourself asking whether or not it’s ...

07.15.2016
When Should You Take Your Case To Court?

While avoiding court when pursuing your divorce may be the preferred option, it’s not always the best route to take. Divorces can quickly become messy affairs that mediation may not be able to handle; when that happens, you may need to take ...

05.24.2016
How to Best Prepare for a Divorce

Coming to the decision to file for divorce is stressful enough, but are you prepared for the work ahead of you? Here at Matthew Sheasby, Attorney at Law, our firm is dedicated to helping you handle your divorce as best as you can. We’ve put ...

04.25.2016
Co-Parenting Time: How to Make the Most of Summer Vacation

Summer vacations are a time for you and your family to step outside, take a break, and enjoy the warm weather together. Many families go out of town, while others choose to enjoy local amenities. Summer vacations are a time to create new and ...

04.15.2016
Child Custody Do's & Don'ts for Divorcing Parents

During contentious custody battles, what you do and don’t do makes the biggest difference. The court will be evaluating you and your spouse on parenting styles to determine who is a better fit to care for the children. In most cases, parents ...

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