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January 2019 Archives

California parents can help their children thrive post-divorce

Sometimes, when a parent's relationship with their spouse has deteriorated, it is best for the parents to divorce. Some parents in California may fear that this will cause the child to suffer irreversible harm, but this may not be the case. According to one psychological study, 80 percent of children studied whose parents were divorced did not experience any long-lasting negative effects due to the split. Establishing a feasible parenting plan that meets the needs of all involved can be key in helping the child adjust to their life post-divorce.

We understand how important property division is in a divorce

When a California couple decides to end their marriage, they may be concerned about what will happen to their property. After all, they may have spent years or even decades amassing many assets. These assets can have a good deal of sentimental or financial value, so it is important that the division of assets is fair.

Should you consider an uncontested divorce?

While divorce is never an easy process, there are times when a California couple can make choices that make it a bit easier and less stressful for everyone. One of these decisions includes the choice to file for an uncontested divorce. This is not the ideal option for everyone, however, and it is beneficial to think carefully about the impact of any divorce choice before moving forward.

Establishing paternity benefits California children and parents

Absent issues of abuse or neglect, it is important that fathers in California are given the chance to bond and care for their child. However, if the child's parents are unmarried and are no longer in a relationship with one another, fathers could face challenges in obtaining the parenting time they need to develop a meaningful relationship with their child. In part, this is because in order for an unmarried father to seek parenting time, paternity must be established.

Why might California couples choose to mediate their divorce?

When people in California picture going through a divorce, they may assume that all the hurt, anger and animosity felt during the marriage will spill over into the divorce proceedings. However, this is not true for every divorce case. Oftentimes, the parties want to end their relationship with as little conflict as possible, especially if they have children. Divorce mediation may be an attractive choice for these couples.

Property division and the family business

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that around 3.7 million businesses in the nation are owned by a married couple. Couples in California may put a lot of effort into seeing their family business grow and thrive, but sometimes the same can't be said for their marriage. When that happens, they may decide that they are best off getting a divorce. However, how will a divorce affect the business they own together?