Category Archive: Legal Issues

Gives readers information on California divorce law, including property division and support, other issues, provides updates on current important legal precidents.

Sep 19

Self-Represented Divorce Strategy number 6: Unbundled Services Give You Professional Help Without the Huge Attorney Price Tag

This is Thomas Ferreira, your divorce and child custody lawyer and mediator in Carlsbad, California. I just got back from back-to-school orientation for my boys. I took this task on even though my ex-wife has the kids this week, applying my core strategy of being nice and building trust. Now I’d like to move on …

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Feb 02

CAN THE COURT REALLY HELP? SAGE WISDOM FROM YOUR CARLSBAD DIVORCE LAWYER AND MEDIATOR

I see it all the time—someone goes into family court for a solution to their problem, and finds that everything is worse after the hearing than it was before. If you need proof, go and watch any Request for Order calendar at your local California Superior Court’s family division. This is not to disparage our …

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Aug 18

WHAT TO DO WHEN HE/SHE WON’T PAY THE CHILD SUPPORT: A CARLSBAD DIVORCE LAWYER’S PERSPECTIVE

After a brief detour last week, here is my next installment in my series on child support.  Many of you out there owe some child support arrears.  Many of you have a court order for child support, but the other parent just won’t pay. There are some parents who spend more than half their waking …

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Jul 26

CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT FROM THE SUPPORTED PARENT’S POINT OF VIEW

Last week I discussed child support arguments from the payer’s perspective.  But what about the struggling parent who is charged with caring for the child and providing financially?  What about daycare and medical care?  Am I entitled to help with ball shoes, or clothes, or fees for extracurricular activities? To reiterate what I told the …

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Jul 19

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE A CHILD SUPPORT PAYOR: SAGE ADVICE FROM A CARLSBAD DIVORCE LAWYER

Last week I gave you some basics on child support, so that you can understand what you’re up against.  I talked about the origin of the current confiscatory child support rates in the politics of bashing the so-called dead-beat dads.  But here’s the irony:  the divorce system tends to split up families without requiring the …

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Jul 15

WHAT PARENTS MUST UNDERSTAND ABOUT CHILD SUPPORT: A CARLSBAD DIVORCE LAWYER’S PERSPECTIVE

Thomas Ferreira, your child custody and divorce lawyer and mediator in Carlsbad, California, here.  Today I want to talk about child support. Have you ever been laying awake at night wondering how much you’re going to have to pay in child support?  Or perhaps you’ve done some child support calculations and you’re wondering how to …

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Oct 10

UNDERSTANDING SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) PART III–PERSPECTIVE FROM A LAWYER PRACTICING IN VISTA, CALIFORNIA

Okay, so you have gotten off the floor after receiving your first support calculation from DissoMaster. Is there anything you can do to limit the amount you pay in spoual support (alimony) or create a light at the end of the tunnel? Or is a spousal support award a life sentence after your divorce? If …

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Sep 10

CALIFORNIA DIVORCE: STAYING OUT OF COURT AND OUT OF THE POORHOUSE

CALIFORNIA DIVORCE: STAYING OUT OF COURT AND OUT OF THE POORHOUSE Please join the founder of Divorce Life Solutions, Thomas D. Ferreira, Esq., and Tammy R. Ferreira, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ for an information-packed seminar on how to do your divorce right. At this seminar you will learn: How to cooperate in raising your children …

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Jul 02

UNDERSTANDING SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)–PERSPECTIVE FROM A LAWYER PRACTICING IN VISTA, CALIFORNIA

I have seen it in mediation a hundred times before: the slumped shoulders, the downcast, exhausted eyes, the furrowed brow, like a patient just told he has 3 months to live. These are the signs of DissoMaster shock, an affliction most often seen in men and women, advanced in their careers, who have supported their …

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Jun 28

SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) IN CALIFORNIA–HOW IS IT CALCULATED?

Dear readers and clients: Those of you who know me know how much I love the institution of marriage. But as a contract, marriage has serious flaws, one of them being the ongoing duty of spouses to financially support one another, a duty that continues even after one party unilaterally decides to dissolve the marriage. …

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Oct 06

IF YOU’RE NOT J LO, CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY PROPERTY LAWS COULD BENEFIT YOU

Rumor has that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony did not sign any prenuptial agreements prior to their marriage. Now that they’re breaking up, at least one commentator has recommended that J Lo file for divorce in New York, rather than California. That’s because New York does not recognize the community interest in marital property the …

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Jun 21

ANNULMENT OR NULLITY VERSUS DISSOLUTION–CALIFORNIA DIVORCE LAWYER DEFINES

A question I am frequently asked in my Carlsbad, California family law practice is to explain the difference between an “annulment” or “nullity” and a divorce.  As a divorce lawyer, I have found that the best way to explain any legal concept is to get at what the law tries to accomplish. In the case …

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