February 2019 Archives

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.

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.

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