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Before filing divorce papers, get your finances in order

  • 14
  • March

The decision to divorce is rarely made lightly. Many people spend a long time considering divorce before they make a final decision. Once the decision to divorce is made, however, it’s important to have the same consideration about your finances.

When you have to divide up the assets you and your spouse acquired throughout your marriage, it is extremely important to have a good handle on your finances. Knowing where you stand can help protect you during your divorce, and a recent article offers a few tips on how to do this.

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Michael Jordan disputes paternity suit

  • 7
  • March

As some California residents may know, the subject of paternity is often a very emotional one. Usually it involves a man wanting to know if a child is his, or the child’s mother wanting the father to be held accountable for child support. Regardless of the motive, paternity is a serious issue that not only affects the alleged parents, but the child as well.

Right now, former NBA superstar Michael Jordan is the subject of a widely publicized paternity lawsuit. A woman has filed a lawsuit claiming Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old son and asking courts to order him to take a paternity test. She is also requesting child support from Jordan and to have her son’s last name changed to Jordan. Jordan is vehemently denying the allegations. He has asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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How to make divorce, custody easier on your children

  • 28
  • February

As many divorced California parents know, every child reacts differently to their parents’ divorce. While some find ways to be resilient, others struggle to adjust to a new way of life. Regardless of their initial reaction, however, kids should be able to maintain strong relationships with both of their parents after a divorce. As a parent, there are a few things you can do to make sure this happens.

One of the most important things you can do is keep your children out of any conflict you may have with your ex. Since you decided to get a divorce, it’s likely that some tension exists, but letting your kids in on that is not a good idea, and a recent Huffington Post article explains why.

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San Bernardino County receives award for child support services

  • 21
  • February

When we hear stories related to child support, they are rarely uplifting. Often we hear of parents who owe thousands to their children or how far behind a state is in collecting unpaid child support. Even when hear of noncustodial parents being caught or imprisoned for not paying, that doesn’t always result in payment. Today, however, we have some good news.

Last month, the San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services was recognized for excellence in child support collection. The department received two awards: the Director’s Excellence Award and the Increased Distributed Collections Award. Both show how well our county does in collecting child support and managing cases.

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Does Valentine’s Day cause divorce?

  • 15
  • February

According to Avvo.com, 40 percent more people seek divorce advice on Feb. 15 than on Valentine’s Day. According to AttorneyFee.com, the number of people seeking attorney referrals or divorce advice jumps 38 percent on Feb. 15. Furthermore, AttorneyFee.com says that February has a divorce filing rate that is 18 percent higher than any other month. So what gives? Does Valentine’s Day drive already struggling couples to call it quits? Or is it just coincidence?

While there’s not much to go on aside from the increased number of people looking for legal advice, some experts in the field say it’s not far-fetched to point to Valentine’s Day as a factor. For couples who are already trying to navigate stormy waters, having to endure a day devoted to love and romance may be too much. Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s almost impossible to avoid knowing it’s arrived.

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