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Landmark custody case asks Supreme Court to rule again

It's been three years since the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage rights. Now, the court is being asked to consider the rights of same-sex parents to custody -- or the lack thereof.

Attorneys for the biological mother of a child conceived and born to a legally married same-sex couple have asked the top justices to hear arguments as to why the mother's former spouse shouldn't be allowed shared custody.

Same-sex couples should consider a marital agreement

A lot of same-sex couples who had been together for a long time celebrated the Supreme Court's declaration that gay marriage was legal by doing what a lot of other couples in love have done. They eloped.

While they probably didn't sneak out of their parents' houses in order to do it, many did marry suddenly without a big ceremony. They may have done so without a lot of thought about what it meant for their future finances in the event of either death or divorce.

When divorce is on the horizon: Think like a single person

Getting a divorce is a lot more complicated than just deciding that your marriage is truly over.

You have to start thinking like a single person again. Depending on how long you've been in your relationship, that can be hard to do -- but it's absolutely necessary.

The 'gig' economy makes it harder to collect child support

More and more people are working as independent contractors -- or significantly supplementing their income through what is becoming known as the "gig" economy.

People take all sorts of jobs online and off -- tutoring students for the SATs, giving music lessons, driving for Uber or Lyft, or renting their spare rooms out through Airbnb. Others pick up side income by hiring themselves out as common laborers -- housekeepers, yard work, dog watching and other personal services that help the 9-to-5 workers maintain their households.

How do you keep your divorce from hurting your career?

Divorce can be a messy, expensive process.

The last thing, however, that you want to let your divorce cost you is your job. Unfortunately, that's a real possibility when you can't find a way to draw a division between your personal and professional lives.

Protective orders and child abandonment allegations

California has a very broad definition of domestic violence -- and victims' advocates say that it's necessary in order to protect victims from subtle forms of abuse like harassment or stalking.

Unfortunately, that also makes the law easy to abuse when someone who isn't a victim wants to cut his or her child's other parent out of his or her life -- and out of the child's life as well.

Why is shared custody better for children of divorce?

The old model of custody looked pretty familiar to just about everyone. The mother often had primary physical custody of the kids and the father saw his offspring every other weekend and occasional holidays.

The new model of custody tries to divide parenting time straight down the middle between the parents -- as much as possible, anyhow (unless, naturally, one of the parents is unfit to be in that role for some reason).

4 signs that say a marriage is on life-support

Every marriage has its ups and downs -- but if your marriage seems like it has been on the "down" side of things for a long while, is it time to get an attorney?

According to divorce attorneys, here are the signs that a marriage is terminal -- not merely troubled.

Abducted child found, mother and grandparents jailed

A search for a missing baby cut a path from Mesa, Arizona, all the way to California. Now, the baby has been returned to his father while the child's mother and her parents are sitting in jail on various charges related to the kidnapping.

Child custody disputes are often emotional and have the potential to draw extended family members into the dispute rather deeply -- which this case certainly illustrates.

How do you handle religious issues after divorce?

It isn't unusual for interfaith marriages to happen these days -- and it isn't unusual for one or both spouses to turn back to their religious roots during a difficult time (like divorce).

However, that can create all sorts of unintentional conflicts over the children. If the kids were once raised "interfaith" or generally kept to the secular world, one parent may not see the other parent's newly discovered religious devotion as a good thing -- especially if the more religious parent wants to involve the children in his or her faith.

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Landmark custody case asks Supreme Court to rule again

It's been three years since the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage rights. Now, the court is being asked to consider the rights of same-sex parents to custody -- or the lack thereof.

Attorneys for the biological mother of a child conceived and born to a legally married same-sex couple have asked the top justices to hear arguments as to why the mother's former spouse shouldn't be allowed shared custody.

Same-sex couples should consider a marital agreement

A lot of same-sex couples who had been together for a long time celebrated the Supreme Court's declaration that gay marriage was legal by doing what a lot of other couples in love have done. They eloped.

While they probably didn't sneak out of their parents' houses in order to do it, many did marry suddenly without a big ceremony. They may have done so without a lot of thought about what it meant for their future finances in the event of either death or divorce.

When divorce is on the horizon: Think like a single person

Getting a divorce is a lot more complicated than just deciding that your marriage is truly over.

You have to start thinking like a single person again. Depending on how long you've been in your relationship, that can be hard to do -- but it's absolutely necessary.

The 'gig' economy makes it harder to collect child support

More and more people are working as independent contractors -- or significantly supplementing their income through what is becoming known as the "gig" economy.

People take all sorts of jobs online and off -- tutoring students for the SATs, giving music lessons, driving for Uber or Lyft, or renting their spare rooms out through Airbnb. Others pick up side income by hiring themselves out as common laborers -- housekeepers, yard work, dog watching and other personal services that help the 9-to-5 workers maintain their households.

How do you keep your divorce from hurting your career?

Divorce can be a messy, expensive process.

The last thing, however, that you want to let your divorce cost you is your job. Unfortunately, that's a real possibility when you can't find a way to draw a division between your personal and professional lives.

Protective orders and child abandonment allegations

California has a very broad definition of domestic violence -- and victims' advocates say that it's necessary in order to protect victims from subtle forms of abuse like harassment or stalking.

Unfortunately, that also makes the law easy to abuse when someone who isn't a victim wants to cut his or her child's other parent out of his or her life -- and out of the child's life as well.

Why is shared custody better for children of divorce?

The old model of custody looked pretty familiar to just about everyone. The mother often had primary physical custody of the kids and the father saw his offspring every other weekend and occasional holidays.

The new model of custody tries to divide parenting time straight down the middle between the parents -- as much as possible, anyhow (unless, naturally, one of the parents is unfit to be in that role for some reason).

4 signs that say a marriage is on life-support

Every marriage has its ups and downs -- but if your marriage seems like it has been on the "down" side of things for a long while, is it time to get an attorney?

According to divorce attorneys, here are the signs that a marriage is terminal -- not merely troubled.

Abducted child found, mother and grandparents jailed

A search for a missing baby cut a path from Mesa, Arizona, all the way to California. Now, the baby has been returned to his father while the child's mother and her parents are sitting in jail on various charges related to the kidnapping.

Child custody disputes are often emotional and have the potential to draw extended family members into the dispute rather deeply -- which this case certainly illustrates.

How do you handle religious issues after divorce?

It isn't unusual for interfaith marriages to happen these days -- and it isn't unusual for one or both spouses to turn back to their religious roots during a difficult time (like divorce).

However, that can create all sorts of unintentional conflicts over the children. If the kids were once raised "interfaith" or generally kept to the secular world, one parent may not see the other parent's newly discovered religious devotion as a good thing -- especially if the more religious parent wants to involve the children in his or her faith.

Email Us For A Response

Arrange A Personal Consultation And Get The Answers You Need

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you personally to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have. Please call our family law attorneys at 925-344-3524 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

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Offices Conveniently located in Livermore & Walnut Creek

Livermore Office
1840 4th Street, Suite 200
Livermore, CA 94550

Phone: 925-344-3524
Fax: 925-447-0272
Map & Directions

Walnut Creek Office
1990 N. California Blvd., Suite 600
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: 925-344-3524
Fax: 925-447-0272
Map & Directions