Divorce and Your Pets

It’s no secret that people today love their pets. It’s estimated that in 2014 alone, Americans spent over $58 billion dollars on their animal companions. Many people consider their dogs and cats to be part of the family. Because of this, some divorces include orders regarding pets. The issue of who retains the pet can complicate things. In fact, a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has shown that 27% of AAML respondents reported seeing an increase in the number of couples who fought over the custody of a pet over the past five years. As […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Divorce|0 Comments

What is an Inventory and Appraisal?

The State of California has hundreds of “Judicial Council” forms (forms that are adopted for universal use in courts within all 58 counties in California). These forms are broken into many major groups such as family law, civil, small claims, probate, criminal and more. An Inventory and Appraisal is both a process of listing estate assets for a formal valuation and a group of forms used typically in Probate, Conservatorship, and Guardianship cases within California.
Inventory and Appraisal – The Process
In Probate proceedings the Inventory and Appraisal is used to determine the value of an estate as to the date of […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Probate, Property Transfers|0 Comments

Another Possible Option To Collect Past Due Child Support

After a parent obtains a child support order from the court, the supporting parent has a responsibility to start paying by the commencement (start) date in the court order. Sometimes the actual collection of the child support funds can be a problem. When a child support order is violated due to a lack of payment, there are several options that an individual seeking recovery can choose from. An individual entitled to child support payments can enlist the help of his or her local child support agency (LCSA) for collection efforts.
How Does the LCSA Collect Child Support Funds?
A local LCSA has […]

By |August 6th, 2015|Child Support, Family|0 Comments

Pension Plan Division with The Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust

The Teamsters union is one of the top 10 largest employee unions in the United States representing workers from various industries. Like other major employee unions, they offer and manage pension plan accounts for their members. The Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust, which covers 13 Western states, is the largest area-wide multiemployer pension plan in the United States. Local offices can be found here.
Pension Division Of A Western Conference Of Teamsters Pension Plan
During a divorce, property rights are often determined. Sometimes the most valuable asset is a pension plan. The pension plan is either awarded to one person or […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Family, Pension Divisions, QDRO|0 Comments

Social Media – A Double Edged Sword in Divorce

In a recent groundbreaking ruling in Manhattan, a judge ruled that a woman could serve her husband with divorce papers over Facebook because serving him by any other means was considered an “impossibility.” This ruling could provide a basis for the regular use of FaceBook to find missing defendants. With so many spouses having trouble serving their missing partners, this ruling could mean quicker, easier, and less expensive access to divorces for people who previously had more trouble. This is a good thing as it provides a means of access. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that what’s […]

By |July 6th, 2015|Divorce|0 Comments