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Former TV talk show co-host caught in complicated divorce

On July 14, reports surfaced that the former co-host of a popular daytime talk show is embroiled in a complicated divorce and legal action involving a child born with the aid of the surrogate. The former member of "The View," Sherri Shepherd, recently filed for divorce in New Jersey in response to a California filing for legal separation by her husband of three years.

Involving your kids in child support debate

California parents who are divorced or estranged from their child’s other parent may be familiar with the difficulty of putting your child through legal proceedings related to child custody. However, financial and family experts say that exposing your kids to the legal process related to child support can add proverbial illness to injury for your kids. This is especially true for protracted legal battles that continue over child support for many years – involving your kids too much could have a deleterious effect on your relationship with them.

Can the police enforce the visitation schedule that my ex and I have been operating under if it is not a Court order?

No. There are many cases where separated parents have children and have established a visitation schedule for their child(ren) among themselves. This informal schedule may work for months and even years without any disagreement between the parents, however, the problem arises when the parents disagree about whose day it is or when one party withholds the child(ren) from the other parent. If the police are called there is no way for the schedule to be legally enforced. Therefore, when parents are able to reach an agreement without the need for court intervention, it is extremely beneficial to spend your resources to have an attorney prepare a Stipulation and Order (formal agreement) memorializing the agreement. A Stipulation and Order will become an enforceable court order once it signed by the Judge and filed with the Court.

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