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Child support orders do not have to be one-size-fits-all

Looking over general child support guidelines can be like reading a math problem in a California middle school classroom. For example, it may say something to the effect of, "if a parent has X children and earns Y income, then he will be responsible for paying Z dollars in child support." Child support guidelines can make it seem like a person simply has to plug in numbers to discover the set amount of money that will be owed for each month to the children in question.

What if my ex won't let me have visitation time with our kids?

Family courts throughout California make difficult determinations about the custody and visitation of children. Oftentimes their final orders leave parents struggling to cope with less than ideal parenting schedules, but ultimately courts establish physical and legal custody plans as well as visitation orders that meet the best interests of the children. When those carefully crafted orders are violated, parents who suffer due to the actions of others generally have rights.

Unmarried couple faces child custody issues

The path to parenthood may look very different for California residents. Some may wait until after they are married in order to have children or adopt, while others may prefer to begin their families before they are wed. Whether the two parents to a child are married or not, each generally has rights to spend time with and to support the youth.

The interplay between retirement accounts, a QDRO and divorce

When California residents secure employment and begin to earn wages, they may choose to have some form of retirement account. A retirement account is generally some type of investment or set of investments that are intended to be held for a long duration of time so that workers may have some funds available at the time they chose to stop working. However, when a person with a retirement account goes through a divorce, it can be challenging to know how the retirement accounts will be divided in the property settlement.

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