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Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you read last week’s blog, then you already know that an estimated 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce. Depending on the type of divorce, former spouses may expend significant financial, emotional and legal resources while fighting over property or other assets. But what if these problems could be avoid before a marriage even took place? A prenuptial agreement (also called a prenup) can be drafted before you and… Read More


Is Divorce the Right Choice?

Deciding whether to file for divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions you have ever faced. However, it is a choice that millions of people in the US will ultimately make. The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce. While each case is going to be different, there are still common reasons why people end their marriages. Examples include but are not… Read More


How Can California Police Test for a Marijuana DUI?

It can be difficult for law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists are under the influence of marijuana. There may be no smell or signs of impairment. Marijuana also complicates DUI laws in California in other ways. Law enforcement officers may use several tools to determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Field sobriety tests: Officers may ask you to perform one of several field sobriety tests if they suspect you are… Read More


What is Alternative Sentencing?

Alternative sentencing options allow you to avoid jail or prison time. Which options are available would depend on the circumstances of your case. Judges can determine alternative sentencing options based on multiple factors, such as your age, nature of the crime or prior criminal history (if there is one). These are only a few of many possible examples what might be considered. Options for alternative sentencing may include: Probation: With this option, you are allowed… Read More


How Will the New Tax Law Affect Alimony Payments?

President Donald Trump has signed the new tax law that was passed by Congress in late December. The tax overhaul will change how alimony payments are taxed. Under the new law, you would have to pay taxes on alimony payments if your divorce agreement is finalized after December 31, 2018. You can currently deduct alimony payments to your ex-spouse from your income taxes. They are tax deductible. On the other hand, your ex-spouse does have… Read More


Are Breath Tests Always Accurate?

If police pull you over because they suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol, they may ask you to submit to a breath test. There are two types of breath tests that law enforcement could use. A preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) may be done at a traffic stop with a small handheld device. These are often called “breathalyzers.” If you are arrested and held in custody, then you might be asked to submit… Read More


Is a Mediated Divorce Easier on Children?

In some cases, a divorce may have an extremely negative effect on your child’s mental health. During a contested divorce, children might be caught in the middle of fights involving the division of property, custody disputes or visitation rights. Fortunately, there are alternative options that could help some couples avoid the drawbacks of a traditional divorce. A mediated divorce is an option for divorce that hinges on cooperation. If separating couples are good candidates for… Read More


What Could Happen if I Don’t Pay Child Support?

You could face a series of harsh punishments for failing to make child support payments on time. There are multiple tools and methods to collect past-due payments for a child support order in California. Child support enforcement actions can thrust you into a dire legal and financial situation. The consequences for failing to pay child support might include: Contempt of court: If it is discovered that you are able to pay child support and ignored… Read More


What Are Common Mistakes People Make While Under Arrest?

As we said in the conclusion to last week’s blog, many people make mistakes after being arrested and charged with crimes. Errant social media posts are only one of many possible mistakes you could make. You could also make mistakes while being placed under arrest and held in police custody. Depending on the mistake, you could end up putting yourself in a much worse situation. Common mistakes to avoid include but are not limited to:… Read More


What Should I Avoid Doing on Social Media After an Arrest?

Last week’s blog discussed how social media posts could get you into trouble during a bitter divorce. Errant social media posts can also cause you trouble if you were arrested and charged with a crime. Whatever you post online after your release could come back to haunt your case. Common social media mistakes people make after an arrest include: Discussing your case: Avoid discussing the specifics of your arrest on social media. This could include… Read More


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