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Blog Posts in 2019

  • Am I Eligible for Spousal Support?

    Spousal support is one of the most confusing concepts in a divorce. Every state has its own rules, which dictate how or if spousal support should be awarded. Therefore, what you might have heard from friends or family members in other states or seen on TV might be entirely different from your situation. If you are employed, you might be particularly concerned about the impact it might have on your ...
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  • How is Child Support Determined?

    In California, the court determines how much the noncustodial parent will pay every month to the custodial parent for the expense of raising their children. It is done based on the state’s guidelines and an examination of each party’s sources of income. Although this legal process seems clear-cut, it is also inherently emotional, which often makes this matter substantially challenging. Child ...
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  • Co-Parenting, Part 2: What Can I Do if My Ex Breaks the Child Custody Order?

    Last week , we discussed ways for former spouses to rebuild their relationship as co-parents. For the second half of our two-part blog series, we will review your legal options when dealing with an uncooperative co-parent. Co-parents should not constantly use the court system as a referee in their relationship, but there are some circumstances in which legal action is the only way to protect your ...
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  • Co-Parenting, Part 1: Working on Your Relationship with Your Co-Parent

    This month, Myers Family Law is focusing on co-parenting relationships in a two-part blog series. Today, we are discussing the importance of rebuilding your relationship with your co-parent. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with your former spouse, your first instinct might be to take the issue to court. However, you should first consider working on rebuilding trust in your relationship to ...
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  • Common Financial Concerns in a Gray Divorce

    A gray divorce , which involves spouses over the age of 50, is unlike most other divorces, given the unique issues older individuals face. If you are over the age of 50, you are closer to the age of retirement and, unlike younger individuals, you will not be able to financially bounce back as easily. Therefore, divorcing later in life is substantially more complex and requires the experienced ...
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  • Mistakes That Can Raise the Cost of Your Divorce

    It is no secret that divorcing your spouse can sometimes be a little pricey. If it goes through litigation, involves a substantial amount of assets, or a family business, things can get particularly hairy. However, you can keep the cost of your divorce down by avoiding certain mistakes and hiring an experienced divorce attorney. Save Yourself Money by Avoiding These Mistakes The divorce process is ...
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  • How to Professionally Address Your Divorce with Your Boss

    Divorce is a very personal topic, but despite the private nature of it, it would be a good idea to have a conversation with your boss regarding this major life change. Of course, it is not required, but it will be helpful to keep your boss informed since you will likely have to miss some time from work to attend mediation sessions or court dates. Keeping your boss in the know will ensure you do ...
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  • Tips to Remain Productive at Work During the Divorce Process

    Going through a divorce is rarely an easy experience for anyone, even under the most amicable circumstances. As a result, it might seem like a challenge to stay focused at work and continue to be productive. The last thing you need at this time is for your job to be compromised because you are going through a difficult personal situation. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done. It might feel ...
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  • What Happens if My Spouse Wastefully Dissipates Assets?

    In a divorce, the division of assets and property is often one of the most heavily contested issues. It can be hard to part with what you believe to be rightfully yours and, unfortunately, this leads some spouses to spend large quantities of marital funds or mismanage their shared finances. If you do engage in this behavior, however, your spouse can accuse you of wastefully dissipating assets, ...
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  • What is Parental Alienation?

    According to Psychology Today , parental alienation syndrome was a term that came into use during the 1980s, coined by child psychiatrist Dr. Richard A. Gardner. Parental alienation not only hurts the alienated parent, but it is severely damaging to children on an emotional, cognitive, and behavioral level, especially in more severe cases. If you believe your co-parent is attempting to alienate ...
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  • The Benefits of Choosing a Collaborative Divorce

    If you are going through a divorce, you might be anticipating a long and combative courtroom battle with your soon-to-be former spouse. However, the truth is that many divorces are actually able to settle out of court through other, less adversarial means, such as collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce, much like mediation, gives spouses the power to negotiate the terms of their divorce ...
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  • Why Do Some Choose to Legally Separate Instead of Divorce?

    Choosing between legal separation and divorce is a very personal decision that must be made based on the circumstances of a couple’s situation. In some cases, legal separation might make more sense for a couple instead of divorce. Although many of the same issues are addressed during the separation process, the two options still have some very distinct differences that play a role in a couple’s ...
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  • Who Has the Advantage in a Move-Away Case?

    Move-away cases arise after a divorce has already been settled, and both spouses have agreed on matters such as child custody and visitation . As circumstances change, one parent may decide that it is more beneficial for themselves or for the child to pick up and move elsewhere. However, one may not simply relocate with their child to another city, country or state without ensuring this move is in ...
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  • Is It Difficult for Stepparents to Adopt?

    When two parents go through a divorce and one of those parents later chooses to remarry, the child’s new stepparent often wants to legally adopt the child . This can be a joyous occasion, in which a new family finally becomes whole in the eyes of the law. However, it can also be a difficult area to navigate legally, depending on the feelings of the child’s other biological parent. While a ...
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  • What to Ask for in a Divorce Settlement | Myers Family Law

    There’s no way around it: Divorce is complicated. Whether you’re just deciding to file or already deep in the thick of the proceedings, you already know what a stressful and emotional time it can be. That’s why it’s important to select a skilled divorce attorney – and to have a clear sense of what you need and want from a divorce settlement – long before the negotiations begin in earnest. At Myers ...
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