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Actor's quest to be named father of child continues

Most parents of young children probably can’t imagine being away from their offspring for longer than a week or so. Imagine then what it must feel like to have been denied the right to see your child for over a year. Actor Jason Patric is currently facing that situation. He has not seen his young child for 79 weeks.

Patric is not taking that fact lying down. Instead he was in court earlier this month seeking to establish a child custody arrangement in which he played a part.

Treatment of inheritance in divorce depends on variety of factors

There is no question that every person going through divorce has things that he or she is worried about. In most cases the division of assets is a priority. This is even more of an issue when one of the spouses has received a large inheritance. Whether it will be included in the assets divided during the course of a divorce depends on the particular state.

California is a community property state. Accordingly, assets considered to be marital property will be divided in half. Whether an asset will be included in what is divided, depends on whether it is deemed to be separate or marital property.

Actress takes unique approach to try to regain custody of kids

Previously we wrote an article on the topic of preventing international parental abduction. In that article we discussed the importance of securing a child custody order that is written to prohibit the other parent of your children from taking the children to another country without permission from either the other parent or the court. We also mentioned the importance of making it necessary for the other parent to post a bond if he or she is not a citizen of the United States to try to discourage this behavior. Even when a child is not abducted from a parent before being taken to another country however, child custody issues may arise.

Pets an issue in some divorces

When a couple divorces there are many matters than can be difficult to reach an agreement on. While traditionally the division of property and debt and child custody matters, require a great amount of focus, there is another matter that is extremely important to many. That issue is what happens to the pets.

There is no question that pets play an important role in a family. Despite sometimes seeming like a child or sibling, when it comes right down to it, a pet will be included in the property that is divided. Where divorce is concerned the timing of when the dog was purchased could have a bearing on how the pet will be addressed.

Lawmakers considering bills to update California family laws

The laws in California are not set in stone. As times change, lawmakers can take action to change them. Perhaps no area of law has seen as much change in the past few years as family law. As a result, there are five bills currently under consideration by state lawmakers.

One of those bills, AB2034, concerns the rights of adult children when it comes to visiting a parent who is married to someone other than the child’s other parent. This matter was recently in the news when Casey Kasem’s children struggled to see their ailing father in his last days, against the wishes of their stepmother. The law would make it possible for grown children to file a petition seeking visitation rights of parents who are dependent or possibly abused.

Lawyer may be of help to grandparents who want to see grandchild

When it comes to child custody and visitation matters, the focus is generally on the mother and father. In many families however, those individuals are not the only ones who play an important role in the life of a child. Grandparents may also want to see and spend time with their grandchildren. While in many cases this is easily achieved, there are situations when parents of children will not readily foster that relationship. If you are a grandparent in that situation, you are likely aware of how painful this can be.

60 day waiting period contributes to state's divorce ranking

Today's society loves lists. One can rarely go a day surfing online without running across a "best of" or "worst of" list. Because of this it should not be a surprise that someone has created a list of what he believes the top seven worst states to get a divorce in. In this individual's opinion, California is one of those states.

In reaching this conclusion the following factors were taken into consideration:

  • The minimum separation requirements.
  • The length of the residency requirement.
  • Waiting periods.
  • Cost of filing fees.

What divorcing individuals over the age of 50 should keep in mind

As younger married couples settle in to the routine, their counterparts, over the age of 50 are ending them at a pace more brisk than others. Today, a quarter of all marriages involving spouses over the age of 50, end in divorce. This is much higher than it was 20 years ago, when that number was 10 percent. Whatever the reason for the increase, there are several things that individuals in this demographic should keep in mind.

When it comes to divorce does wife's education level play a role?

People of all ages and from all backgrounds decide to end marriages each and every day. While the reason for that action varies from person to person the thing all have in common is a minimum of one of the partners wanting to end that relationship.

Readers may have heard that certain demographics were more likely to seek this option than others. Specifically, that the marriages of women who are more highly educated than their husbands, have a greater risk of ending in divorce. That notion was recently visited in a study recently published in the journal American Sociological Review.

Prenuptial agreement could protect spouses should marriage end

The decision to marry is not one that most people take lightly. It is about more than just love. When a couple unites in the state of California, there are economic and legal ramifications as well. California is a community property state which means that upon divorce, the couple’s assets and debts accrued during the course of the union will be equitably divided. Creating a prenuptial agreement prior to the wedding can impact the way in which those assets are handled not only in a divorce, but upon the death of one of the spouses as well.