Who Gets to Claim Our Kids on Taxes After Our Divorce?

When it comes to married couples filing state and federal income taxes and claiming their minor children as dependency exemptions, there is typically no dispute. A married couple usually files joint tax returns and is entitled to all of the benefits that dependency exemptions can bring them. When a couple separates or divorces, however, particularly around tax time, a major read more

What Happens if My Ex-Spouse Files for Bankruptcy After Our Divorce?

The bankruptcy of an ex-spouse can have an impact on a person even after the parties’ divorce is final. However, there are certain items in a person’s divorce decree that bankruptcy will not affect at all. For instance, Section 523(a)(5) of the Bankruptcy Code makes all support obligations non-dischargeable in all types of bankruptcy proceedings. This means that an ex-spouse read more

At What Age Do Kids Get to Decide Which Parent to Live With?

There is no specific age under California law, at which children automatically have the power to determine their own custody and/or visitation arrangements. However, California law specifically addresses the decision-making power and input that children have when involved in a child custody or visitation dispute. As is the case in many states, California allows children’s opinions about their custody or read more

Pets and Divorce in the State of California

In recent years, pets have increasingly have been a point of contention in divorces. The most common type of pet involved in divorce and separation disputes is a dog, although cats and other pets are involved in some cases, as well. While pets often traditionally were given to whichever spouse was awarded custody of the children, this trend has changed read more

Do We Have to Go to Court to Get Divorced in California?

If you and your spouse are able to resolve your differences and work out an agreement that addresses all issues related to your divorce, then you may be able to get divorced without even going to court. Reaching an agreement outside of court can be beneficial in many ways. It is likely to be much less expensive than paying an read more

How Do Assets Get Divided in a California Divorce?

California is a community property state for the purposes of divorce law. This means that all items of property, or assets, that you got during your marriage belong to both of you. If you have separate property that you had prior to your marriage, it is still your separate property. Likewise, if you received a gift or inheritance that was read more

What is the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act?

The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) is a federal law that was enacted in order to prevent a parent from removing a child from one state to another in an attempt to prevent the other parent from getting custody of or having access to the child. It requires one state to give the legally valid custody or visitation determination of read more

It is not uncommon in the state of California for divorced parents, or parents who have a child who was born out of wedlock, to be ordered to pay child support. Courts issue child support orders in divorce, paternity, and child support proceedings in order to ensure that a parent who is not living with his or her child takes financial responsibility for the child’s needs. The California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) collects and processes all child support payments that are made in the state of California, in cases where child support is enforced through the Child Support Services Department. You can make a payment in the following ways: online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card, or a checking or savings account by phone, by calling 1-866-901-3212 by sending mail to CA SDU, PO Box 989067, West Sacramento, CA, if your case is managed by a Local Child Support Agency (if your case is not managed by a Local Child Support Agency, call 1-866-901-3212 for assistance paying by mail) electronically, by downloading the free CAChildSup app in person at a MoneyGram location, using your child support Participant ID number and Receive Code 14630 for California child support payments in person at any local child support agency office that accepts payments at the counter or at a kiosk Child support orders can raise many different types of legal issues, including enforcement of child support payments and modification of child support orders that are too high or too low. Whether you are the parent who receives child support payments or the parent who pays child support, we can help. The Law Offices of Vincent W. Davis & Associates have handled countless issues concerning child support orders. Do not hesitate to contact an experienced California family law attorney at our office if you have any questions about child support orders in the state of California.

It is not uncommon in the state of California for divorced parents, or parents who have a child who was born out of wedlock, to be ordered to pay child support. Courts issue child support orders in divorce, paternity, and child support proceedings in order to ensure that a parent who is not living with his or her child takes read more

Does Common Law Marriage Exist in the State of California?

In some states, living together in a household as husband and wife for a certain numbers of years can result in a legal status called common law marriage. For a couple in this situation in these states, they are considered to be legally married under state law, and therefore enjoy all of the rights and privileges of marriage. If the read more