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Review of California child support modifications

This blog has previously discussed how a Los Angeles resident can get his child support modified. Sometimes, a change in child support is very important for a parent, as it could mean the difference between relative financial security and real economic hardship.

Unlike other post-decree modifications, which tend to be more permanent in nature, it is relatively convenient to change one's child support order. Judges have discretion to review child support from time to time since the law recognizes that what may have been an appropriate amount of child support at one point in history may at another point be anything but fair.

Is January really Divorce Month?

Some residents of Los Angeles may naturally think of January as the month in which a lot of people decide to start the process of getting a divorce or legal separation.

While it is hard to pinpoint an exact reason why there is a heightened interest in divorce starting in January and lasting through September or so, there are a couple of thoughts circulating in the media.

Would you do anything to make the divorce easier on the kids?

If so, then you join numerous California parents who want to make sure that their children's lives don't end up turned upside down because you and the other parent no longer want to remain together. Sometimes, relationships just don't work out. You may consider your future ex-spouse a friend, but you want to move on with your life.

Even if you aren't quite friends, you may have a good enough relationship to take some extreme measures in order to reduce the impact of the divorce on the children you share. Perhaps you would even consider an unorthodox child custody arrangement, at least temporarily.

New law helps divorce courts decide custody of pets

For years, courts have struggled with the question of whether pets should be considered like any other property in a divorce, or should get some special consideration. A new California law set to go into effect in 2019 will make a pet ownership dispute less like a fight over retirement accounts and real estate, and something more like a child custody dispute.

The law, known as AB 2274, was signed into law this past fall by Gov. Jerry Brown, and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019. The law allows divorce courts to award custody of a pet during divorce proceedings. Courts can assign sole custody to one of the parties or joint custody split between the two parties. To make this decision, the law says, courts can consider the care of the animal.

When am I allowed to take my kids out of state?

Although Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California have plenty of wonderful things to see and do, the reality is that many residents from time to time want or even need to travel to another state or even out of the country.

Doing so can present special challenges to parents who are raising their children while trying to co-parent with a former spouse or significant other. After all, one parent's taking the children out of state, and, especially, to another country, can cause the other parent serious concern, and not without good reason.

How do I put a value on my favorite work of art?

Many couples in the Los Angeles area who are of means may have property beyond the residence and its furnishing, a couple of cars and a few savings accounts. This blog has in fact discussed things like offshore accounts and family businesses, as these and other complex assets often present special issues when it comes to dividing marital property in the event of a California divorce or legal separation.

For instance, many people who have some extra money to spare like to purchase artwork. Whether this is an investment or just a hobby, works of art often have enough value to garner the attention of the spouses, and the courts, when there is a split.

Representation in a high-conflict divorce

The trend in family law today seems to be in favor of couples getting their issues resolved as quickly and as amicably as possible. Doing so is often peddled as a good thing for a person's emotions and for the well-being of that person's children, especially if the children are still at home as minors. Amicable splits also are admittedly easier on one's time and finances.

However, the unfortunate reality is that not every Los Angeles resident is going to have the luxury of being able to part ways with a spouse, or even a long-term partner to whom he or she is not legally married, without a lot of conflict.

Is your ex trying to alienate you from your children?

When you decided to file for divorce in a California court, you knew that you and your spouse would have to work through a few issues before you could achieve a fair and agreeable settlement. Especially in matters concerning your children, you were really hoping there could be amicable negotiation between you for the kids' sake. However, early on, you realized that it was not to be.

Your spouse's threats to sue for custody and make sure your kids want nothing to do with you let you know you were in for a battle. You were glad when the court granted you custody, and for a while, things were going okay. Lately, however, you suspect your ex is trying to drive a rift between you and your children. Others in California have experienced this type of parental alienation. Like them, you can bring the matter to the court's attention to rectify the problem.

What is a QDRO?

Both for high earners and others in the Los Angeles area, one of the most valuable assets a couple may share is their retirement plans. Whether a pension, a 401(k), or some other plan, these accounts often are worth tens of thousands of dollars since couples use them to stash away money for their retirement.

Not surprisingly, retirement plans will in many cases be considered community property subject to a property division under California's laws should a couple decide to divorce or legally separate.

Important tax change to spousal support is on the horizon

The tax reform which was big news at the beginning of the year, among other things, made important changes to the way spousal support, which is sometimes referred to as alimony, will be treated for federal income tax purposes.

To review, the federal tax code currently allows those who pay spousal support to claim those payments as a deduction on their income taxes. On the flip side, a person who receives spousal support must report those payments as income on his income taxes.

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