Family Law Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

What Happens to the Family After the Parents Split Ways

Letting go of something that you as a parent and a couple have fought for through many years is never easy. Many young parents and now separated couples are finding that breaking up a family is not an easy task.

While it be through divorce or through “separation” splitting a family is difficult for all those involved. However in the end it could be for the best. So what exactly happens when a family is ultimately split apart? There are certain steps that must be taken to ensure that any children involved are to be protected and raised properly.

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Written by Edward Lai

Tips on What NOT to do During a Divorce

The unfortunate trend in today’s society is divorce.  Gone are the days when couples stayed together forever. Many more couples are finding themselves in court rather than in a retirement home together.

While the divorce proceedings could take months or even years to complete, one must learn to avoid several behaviors that many adults find themselves in. Here are several common mistakes young adults make while going through divorce:

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Written by Edward Lai

Four Out of Five Couples Do Not Abide by Divorce Law

New figures have revealed that four out of five couples who are divorcing do not abide by correct divorce laws. The law that is mostly typically ignored is the law that couples are required to consider mediation before they go to court for the divorce.

These numbers stem from a report conducted by National Family Mediation. The report states that an overwhelming 80% of all couples who are separating due to divorce do not follow the 2014 ruling requiring the presence of both parties at mediation information and assessment meanings (MIAMs).

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Family Law Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Annulment vs. Divorce

Annulment and divorce are two sides of the same coin. While both methods effectively end a marriage, they do so in similar but different ways.

Divorced or Single

One of the biggest differences between divorce and annulment is that of civil status after each has already been completed. For divorce there is now a check box under civil status for divorced, while if the couple chooses annulment all parties involved has the right to check the box indicating they are single. This is because the annulment process pretty much makes it as if the marriage never took place.

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Written by Edward Lai

Simple Guide to Child Support

The way the appropriate amount of child support is calculated is usually a long and complicated process. Generally the lawyers of all the concerned parties use complex and expensive calculation software which takes into consideration a variety of factors.

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Written by Edward Lai

A Guide to Divorce Mediation

Going through a divorce is never an easy thing, especially knowing that there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. For those who are not in the know, divorce through mediation means that each spouse agrees that a third party mediator will help to resolve the issues between each party and end the marriage as amicably and cost effectively as possible.

What the Mediator has to take into Consideration

One of the most critical things that all parties must take into consideration is the children that are affected by the divorce proceedings. The mediator must review the side of both parties and come to an amicable solution to parenting time and custody. However, with a situation as sensitive as children the mediator must take all the information given very carefully and seriously.

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Written by Edward Lai

Americans with Disabilities Act Overview – Part 1

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by Congress in 1990, and it was amended in 2008 by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). This amendment made several significant revisions to the definition of a disability. A civil rights law, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in certain areas of public life. The law ensures that the disabled have equal rights and opportunities in the United States. The Act is composed of five titles (sections), each pertinent to an area of public life. Part 1 will discuss Titles I and II.

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