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August 2018 Archives

Common mistakes in dividing an IRA

Filing for divorce involves a variety of challenges. For some couples it may be a custody issue, while for others it the distribution of marital assets. Marital assets often involve property, businesses and possessions, but also include such assets as pensions, stocks, savings and an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). 

Useful legal papers for sending kids off to college

You have helped them shop for dorm essentials, purchased them a new laptop, and even dropped them off for freshman orientation. However, one thing you may not have considered is making sure that that they have their legal papers in order.

Negotiating in good faith

Trust is an important element in successfully resolving legal issues collaboratively. According to a former state Supreme Court judge who now handles mediation, it is often mutually beneficial to engage in good faith negotiations during mediation, but one must still guard against the other side trying to gain an unfair advantage.

Joint custody and household rules

Many divorcing parents here in California pursue joint custody arrangements when it comes to their kids. Among the things divorcing couples may find attractive about such custody is that it can give both parents ample opportunity to maintain a strong relationship with the kids.

How parents can make sharing child custody easier after divorce

For many parents, the continued well-being and stability of their children is the primary concern in divorce. It is not easy to address issues related to visitation schedules, parental rights and parenting time, but a fair and reasonable order can benefit the children for years to come. Some parents, either by choice or court order, have to share child custody responsibilities through a co-parenting or joint custody agreement.

The impact of isolation on the elderly

Elder abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional, mental or financial. The elderly can feel very vulnerable, especially when they are dependent on others for care and assistance, and that puts them at risk when caretakers decide to take advantage of their situation.

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