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Is the Other Parent Getting the Advantage in Your Child/Spousal Support Order? - 30 Things You Can Do to Turn the Tide NOW!
Going through a family law case is agonizing emotionally, taxing financially, complicated, confusing, and expensive, regardless of whether you and your spouse are getting along or at each otherís throats, whether you have an attorney (or attorneys) or not, how much education you have, or how much money or how many children you have.
Among the many issues to be resolved in a divorce, courts are endowed with the greatest discretion when it comes to spousal support. How does one decide if there should be support, how much is appropriate and how long should it last?
Unlike child support, only vague guidelines are established in California for spousal support. Unfortunately, broad latitude is administered by judges with varying attitudes. Different results appear in cases with similar factual situations.
Unlike child support, only vague guidelines are established in California for spousal support. Unfortunately, broad latitude is administered by judges with varying attitudes.
No payment should either be made or taken in cash, since there will always be a disagreement later or about whether a payment was made. Such disagreements create unnecessary court hearings.
Joint or sole custody may be awarded based on the best interests of the child and other factors that include 1) the preference of the child, 2) the desire and ability of each parent to allow an open and loving relationship between the child and the other parent, 3) the child's health, safety and welfare, the nature and contact with both parents and 4) the history of alcohol and drug use. Marital misconduct may be considered.
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"A Plain English Guide to Protecting Your Children"
Author: Mary L. Boland, Attorney at Law
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