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Using state guidelines, you can estimate your child support

California makes it easy to see the amount of support you may need to pay through the use of convenient, online tools.

For example, if you go to the California Child Support Services website and the guideline calculator, you'll be able to enter specifics that may relate to your case, including the number of children you have, the amount of time you and your ex-spouse are each likely to have physical custody of the children and how much income you each have.

Choosing a guardian? Think carefully before you decide

You love your adult child, but you know that they will not be able to care for themselves if something happens to you. They are disabled, and though they try hard to provide for themselves, you still have to step in and help with their finances, getting to medical appointments and other simple needs.

You know that a service could provide for them if you weren't available to care for them, but you want their care to be more personal. That's why you've chosen to add a guardian to your estate plan. The guardian you choose should be as dedicated to your child as you are, which has been hard to find.

When should you start thinking about spousal support?

You love your spouse very much, but you've found that you've been drifting apart. Despite asking them to spend time with you or to come home earlier, they've ignored you. You asked for counseling, and they said they wouldn't attend.

This is no way to live, and you know that you're going to need to move on. You've done what you can to try to make things work, but your spouse just isn't willing to work things out.

Fighting for custody? Here's what to try

Your wife came to you asking for a divorce. You were happy to give it to her, because you knew that she wasn't happy. What you didn't expect her to do was to tell you that she was going to fight for sole custody of your child.

That statement immediately put you into a defensive mode. It made you want to be aggressive with the divorce. You're angry that she suggested that you couldn't be a good parent to your child. She thinks she should get full custody only because she's your child's mother.

What custody arrangement is in your young child's best interest?

Divorces don't only affect the couple separating but the children involved as well. Young kids can be particularly impacted by their parents' divorce. This is why moms and dads should put the best interests of their children first. This is especially the case if a parent has a young daughter or son who's unable to express a preference for who they want to live with.

Children under the age of 3 tend to form close bonds with their caregivers. Doing this has a great impact on their psychological and emotional development. This is why it's important that the parent that ultimately enjoys primary custody of a young child has the time necessary to attentively care for them. This parent should be available to take their son or daughter to doctor's appointments, drop them off and pick them up from school and much more.

Want your house? It might mean going to court

You love your home. You love being there and being able to have friends over. You spent years decorating it, and it's the perfect place for you.

Knowing that your spouse wants to get a divorce makes it hard to know what's going to happen next. You don't want to lose your home because it's very special to you. Even if you divorce, you want to keep it.

If your child has special medical needs, be fair with custody

When your child lives with a medical condition, there's no question that they'll live a different kind of life. They may need additional medical support or need your care for as long as you can provide it.

When you divorce and have a child with medical needs, it's important that you and your spouse have a good discussion about your child's condition and how you're going to handle things. If it's difficult to move them between houses, for example, you may need to settle on a primary custody arrangement, where one of you is there to care for them the majority of the time and the other has visitation rights.

Spousal support: Still necessary for many individuals

There are plenty of people who believe that alimony or spousal support no longer has a place in America. Today, both men and women can work. People can own their own property regardless of gender. There are few barriers to women working, and there are almost none for men.

As a result, it would make sense that some people think that spousal support is a left-over benefit from the past. However, it is still necessary in many cases.

Relocating? Think about how it might affect your child

After you and your spouse divorce, you intend to move out of the area. Over time, you've realized that you're too far from your siblings and parents. Your family is hours away, and you don't feel like it's fair to you or your child.

Your spouse doesn't like this idea and wants to challenge your relocation. You had both thought you'd share custody, but with a few hours between your preferred cities, it may not be easy to have equal custody of your school-aged child.

Divorcing with a business? Start taking steps to protect it

You've worked long and hard to make your business successful. Something that never happened was your spouse taking a role in that business. To them, this was your job and your work. They often mocked what you did and said it wouldn't be successful. That resentment built up, so much so that you decided to end your marriage once you saw your business was more profitable than you'd hoped for.

Now, you're outraged that your spouse is trying to obtain a portion of your business assets. Yes, California does allow for the equal division of your marital property, but will your business be included in that? Is there any way to protect it?

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