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San Jose Child Custody LawyerWhen parents make the decision to file for divorce, the sudden change can have a huge impact on their children, who are used to having both parents around all the time. Creating a parenting plan that outlines child custody and visitation rights is beneficial, so that each parent can still be a part of their children’s lives.

What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a written agreement between both parents that outlines a schedule for when the children will spend time with each parent, as well as how the parents will make decisions for the sake of their children, including the children’s health and education. Both the parents and children will have an idea of what to expect when a parenting plan is in place, and this document will become a court order after it is signed by both parents.

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San Jose divorce lawyer holiday season divorced parentsSince the holiday season is here, many of us have plans to spend time with extended family and friends. For families who have recently experienced a divorce, plans to celebrate the holidays may have greatly changed. The season can be especially tricky for parents as they look to establish new schedules and coordinate where children will spend their winter vacation. If you are a divorced parent, here are some tips to make your holiday season go as smoothly as possible:

Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

It can be easy to compare your situation with how everyone else seems to be celebrating the holidays, but contrary to what the media may portray, many families do not celebrate the holidays together. Even though the divorce rates are decreasing (along with the rate of new marriages), there are still many divorces that take place in the United States each year, and a large number of families are trying to determine how to manage the holidays after divorce. Rather than trying to meet a fictional ideal of a holiday season with the family, it is best to make the most of your situation. 

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San Jose child support attorney child support calculatorWhen parents decide to separate or divorce, it is important to understand how much they will be required to pay for child support. All parents are required to provide financial support for their children, whether they are married or not. To help parents determine the correct amount of child support under California’s child support guidelines, the state has provided an online child support calculator. Here are some tips for using this tool to calculate your child support payments:

What Documents Should Be Included When Calculating Child Support?

Calculating child support is different in each situation. However, there are several documents which parents can compile that are useful when determining child support. These documents can include tax returns, paycheck stubs, and W2 or 1099 forms, as well as any documents that provide details about:

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San Jose property division divorce lawyerThe divorce process can prove to be one of the most financially and emotionally confusing times in a person’s life. The shock that comes with the end of a relationship can bring out the worst level of anger in both parties. Both spouses may have a difficult time figuring out what assets are considered community property and how to divide this property between them. However, the divorce process can be completed more smoothly if spouses work together to determine how their assets should be appropriately divided.

What Is Property?

Property is defined as anything of value that can be bought or sold. A house, cars, clothes, and furniture could be considered property in the State of California. The following could also be considered property and assets:

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San Jose divorce and legal separation attorneyGetting married is often one of the most exciting times in someone’s life. Being able to keep a relationship strong while supporting a happy and healthy family can be a struggle, but many couples work to keep their relationship intact through difficult times. However, if one person does not agree with the other person on certain matters, or if arguments are an everyday occurrence, then the couple may decide to file for divorce. However, in some cases, a couple may decide to pursue legal separation while they determine whether their marriage can be saved.

Divorce and Irreconcilable Differences

Divorce is when either spouse makes the difficult decision to legally end their marriage. When one spouse decides to file for divorce, then the other spouse cannot stop the divorce process by refusing to participate in the case, even if he or she does not want to get a divorce. Since California is considered a “no-fault” state, no one filing for divorce is required to prove that the other spouse did anything wrong. Only one spouse needs to indicate that the relationship is not working out, and each spouse is simply not getting along well with the other spouse; the legal term is “irreconcilable differences.”

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