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Los Gatos divorce litigation lawyerOf the thousands of divorces that take place each year throughout the United States, many of them are entirely amicable. However, it is not uncommon for the divorce process to become hostile. Your marriage may be ending because one spouse acted in a dishonest or disloyal manner, or there may be a number of contested issues that must be resolved before your divorce can be finalized. In these cases, it is important to know how to react if your former spouse becomes hostile. Following the tips below could help you avoid costly mistakes during the divorce process. 

What You Can Do During a Contentious Divorce 

The decisions made during divorce will affect your life for years to come. If your ex-spouse is hostile, reaching an agreement on the various issues that must be addressed can be difficult. To ensure that you are able to reach a positive resolution, you should take the following steps: 

  • Hire an Experienced Attorney: When choosing a divorce attorney, you will want to make sure to work with a person who has experience addressing complex divorce issues, and you need to be able to trust your lawyer to represent your best interests. If your former spouse is aggressive or hostile regarding divorce issues such as the division of community property or the custody of your children, you may need to resolve these issues in court. In these cases, it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in successfully litigating divorce cases. 

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CA family lawyerWhen parents decide to get divorced, or when they are unmarried, determining who will have responsibility for their children can often be a contentious matter to resolve. Disputes over child custody can be highly emotional, and the decisions made in these cases will affect parents’ and children’s lives and relationships for years to come. When working to resolve these issues, it is important to understand how California law affects the decisions made.

California Child Custody Laws

California law recognizes two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody involves decision-making authority for children, including medical, dental, or mental health treatments; educational choices, such as where they will go to school; extracurricular activities they will participate in; whether they will attend church or be involved in religious activities; and other decisions related to their general welfare. Physical custody involves where children will live and spend their time.

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CA family lawyerParents are required to provide financial support for their children, whether they are married, unmarried, separated, or divorced. When parents do not live together, one parent will typically be required to pay child support to the other parent to ensure that children’s needs are met. The amount of child support is determined following the guidelines defined in California law, and it is based on the amount of income earned by both parents, as well as the amount of time children spend with each parent.

California’s Child Support Formula

Prior to calculating child support, each parent’s disposable monthly income should first be determined. Disposable income is calculated by taking a parent’s gross income and subtracting allowable deductions, which include state and federal income tax, mandatory union dues and retirement benefits, health insurance premiums, previously-ordered child support payments, and hardship deductions, if applicable.

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