California Family Law Blog

San Mateo parents and others may benefit from child custody tips

In California and across the country, many parents may currently be facing situations that are similar to yours. In your own San Mateo neighborhood, there may be parents who can relate to the issues you're trying to resolve regarding child custody and other family matters as you navigate the family legal system during divorce proceedings. This state also happens to be home to many celebrities.

While Hollywood may not be your first, logical choice for seeking parenting advice, you might be surprised at some of the worthwhile post-divorce tips some of the town's biggest stars have to offer. In fact, keeping some of these tips in mind may help you avoid stress and complications in your own post-divorce relationship with your co-parent. Then again, it's always good to know where to seek licensed support, if a particular problem arises that you feel ill-equipped to handle on your own.

Divorce finalized for Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr.

After widespread media reports in California and across the country, Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump confirmed that their divorce had been finalized after pending for a year. In a joint statement released on Feb. 22, the former spouses said that after 13 years of marriage, their divorce had been made official. They also said that they were committed to working together to co-parent their five children.

They said that the agreement for their divorce had been finalized before the end of 2018 with a New York state court and that all legal issues had been resolved. They had been married since 2005, and their children are aged 11, 10, 7, 6 and 4. Initially, the Trumps had announced their separation and divorce in March 2018 although they had already been separated before making the public announcement. They said that they had delayed making their separation known in the interests of their children.

Court concludes that vested stock options are income

The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned previous rulings in a child support modification case brought by a man whose income placed him among top earners in California. The original decision excluded his stock options from income and granted an exemption to Family Code Section 4057(b)(3). That section normally directs courts to base child support amounts on parental income but allows exceptions for people with very high income if the amount would exceed what the children need for support.

On appeal, however, the judge deemed that vested stock options available to a person to sell count as income. Even if the parent chooses not to sell the stock options, their value still represents income regardless of a person's decision to hold onto them until a later time. He based this ruling on a previous decision made by the 4th District Court of Appeal that determined voluntarily deferred salary served as income according to Family Code Section 4058.

Child custody schedules can help children adjust

Parents in California going through a divorce may often worry most about how to arrange their time with their children. Moving to shared custody or even a visitation schedule can be a challenging and emotionally jarring experience. The bad feelings generated during the divorce may spill over into the child custody proceedings. However, when parents can work together to develop a parenting plan, it can help to ease the transition for the children involved and provide them with emotional and physical support from both of their parents.

The journey toward co-parenting can be difficult yet rewarding, and it works best when both parents can work together to help their children. During a divorce, kids may feel as if their future is uncertain; a solid parenting plan can help to allay these fears. Of course, child custody decisions can be different for children of different ages. Children of all ages generally benefit from shared custody and strong involvement with both parents, but arranging frequent travel between homes can be problematic when infants and very young toddlers are involved. As children grow up, it is easier to transition to full-time shared custody.

How divorce law applies to billionaire Jeff Bezos

Many people in California and throughout the country have heard about the Jeff Bezos divorce story. The Amazon CEO is estimated to be worth $147 billion, and he and his wife did not have a prenuptial agreement. This means that their joint assets will probably be split as equally as possible under Washington's community property rules. As a general rule, the goal is to create a fair division of assets even if the split isn't exactly 50/50.

Ideally, the divorce settlement will result in both parties to the marriage being on equal financial footing for the rest of their lives. However, the Bezos case is likely to be a complicated one for the courts to manage. This is because the couple has a net worth that exceeds that of countries such as Jamaica and Estonia. Under Washington law, the courts cannot consider abusive or immoral behavior as a basis for distributing assets in a divorce.

If you're over 50, this applies to you

There's a rising trend among baby boomers. If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you're part of the first generation of people in California and across the country to divorce and remarry as young adults. Some analysts speculate that this may be key as to why there has been a tremendous increase in the rate of divorce among people in this age group.

In fact, current data shows that gray divorce, which is the colloquial term for late-life divorce, has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Perhaps you can relate, if you've been married for several decades and have recently determined that you no longer wish to maintain your current relationship. There are multiple reasons people your age get divorced; the reason you've chosen to do so isn't as important as whether or not you know how to protect your assets and where to seek support.

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • The State Bar Of California
  • San Matero County | Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco

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