To Stash or Not to Stash: Do I Have to Disclose Everything I own in a Divorce Proceeding?

People who come to my office seeking assistance with a divorce often ask one of two questions, and sometimes both: “Do I have to tell my spouse about everything I own or owe?” “What happens if my spouse is hiding an asset?” These are important issues that need to be addressed, since the process ofContinue reading “To Stash or Not to Stash: Do I Have to Disclose Everything I own in a Divorce Proceeding?”

Timing is Critical for Divorce/Dissolution of Domestic Partnership andBankruptcy Filings

Debt and other money issues are often at the root of divorce or the dissolution of domestic partnerships. But these problems don’t just go away once a couple separates. When debt is incurred by spouses or domestic partners in their joint names (and, in some cases, in just one party’s name), creditors can go afterContinue reading “Timing is Critical for Divorce/Dissolution of Domestic Partnership andBankruptcy Filings”

What You Need To Know About Wills and Trusts

Many have experienced anxiety by reminding themselves of their own mortality with the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this, people are reaching out to me for estate planning. They ask if they need a Will or a Trust? Would they be able to get by with just a Will? As an attorney, I willContinue reading “What You Need To Know About Wills and Trusts”

What Happens At A Mandatory Settlement Conference?

During the course of a family law matter, such as divorce, legal separation or dissolution of domestic partnership, many California courts offer the option of a scheduled “settlement conference.” In some counties, including San Diego, this is a mandatory proceeding, should the parties be unable to resolve their dispute among themselves. It is, in essence,Continue reading “What Happens At A Mandatory Settlement Conference?”

What Happens to Child and Spousal Support When an Ex-Spouse Remarries?

There’s a common misconception about how a person’s support obligation changes after an ex-spouse remarries. For purposes of this discussion, let’s say Joe is paying child support to his ex-wife, Traci, for their daughter Angela. After a year or so of being on her own, Traci meets, falls in love with and marries a plasticContinue reading “What Happens to Child and Spousal Support When an Ex-Spouse Remarries?”

What Happens When You Marry Someone with Support or Debt Obligations?

These days, it’s not uncommon for a person to marry someone who comes with some financial “baggage”— that is, with debts or support obligations of some kind. Here’s a fairly typical scenario: Jane comes to my office seeking information about getting a prenuptial agreement. Her fiancé, Frank, is saddled with several types of obligations. HerContinue reading “What Happens When You Marry Someone with Support or Debt Obligations?”

What to Do When a Family Member Dies

In recent weeks, it’s been my sad misfortune to lose two close relatives in my family. After the initial shock of the loss of each beloved family member, I have been swamped with questions from other family members and friends about what to do (in terms of legal obligations) when a loss like this occurs.Continue reading “What to Do When a Family Member Dies”

Representing Yourself in Court and Other Low Cost Options

For many people facing a legal issue, the first thought that generally comes to mind is how much will this cost in attorney’s fees? The good news is that there are numerous types of cases in California where being represented by an attorney is not a necessity.  As a general rule, you may not needContinue reading “Representing Yourself in Court and Other Low Cost Options”

When Should You Get a Trust?

A trust is a document created to manage your assets – property, financial holdings, personal belongings, not only during your lifetime, but after you’re gone. There are generally three kinds of trusts to consider in your estate planning: Living trust—A document concerning the management of your assets which can be amended or revoked at anyContinue reading “When Should You Get a Trust?”

Who Gets the Family Pet After a Divorce?

Disputes over personal property are common in most divorce proceedings. Any family law attorney can likely tell you about clients who argued endlessly over who should get possession of a treadmill that’s been sitting in the basement for years (unused). Ironically, purchasing a new treadmill would often be less expensive than the legal fees incurredContinue reading “Who Gets the Family Pet After a Divorce?”