The Dreaded Custodial Exchange

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Ever wonder what the experience is like for a child of divorce when she is handed off from one parent to another? Rachelle Bergstein wants to tell you. My parents broke up when I was 5 years old, which means memories of life before shared custody are available to me, but limited. They set the terms of their divorce under …

Alameda County Reorganizes Family Law Courts

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The long awaited consolidation of the family law departments in the Alameda County Superior Court appears to be complete. All of the family law departments that had previously been conducting business at the George E. McDonald Hall of Justice in the City of Alameda have been moved to, and consolidated with the family law departments at, the Hayward Hall of …

No Fault Divorce

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California pioneered the concept of no fault divorce, a system that since been adopted in some form by most of the U.S. States. But what is no fault? The Huffington Post has an informative article on the topic. Please click here to learn more.

Prolonging Divorce Hurts Kids

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Is it reasonable to delay Divorce for the sake of the children? According to a thoughtful article at The Huffington Post the answer is no. “How Prolonged Divorce Plans Affect Children” ow.ly/100eDq Edited with BlogPad Pro

AAML Mid-year Meeting Report

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By John Harding  I am just back from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Mid-Year Meeting. Held at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, the conference featured three days of outstanding continuing legal education from a panel of nationally renowned lawyers, law professors, and accountants. Topics included hidden assets, asset protection trusts, and business valuation. As with all AAML national …

A Website That Helps With Child Support Payments and Records

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  Supportpay.com is a pretty nifty web portal that assists parents with their child support obligations. As the folks at Supportpay.com explain it, child support is not just a single monthly payment but also a broad collection of shared expenses. Parents must continually manage, communicate and negotiate over child related expenses. The entire process is complex, time consuming and very …

Behaviors That Predict Divorce

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Stonewalling, contempt, criticism, and defensiveness.  According to psychologists at the University of Washington and the University of California, these four behavior traits in married couples indicate a strong likelihood of divorce. When the psychologists added questions about things like relationship satisfaction and how many times the research subjects had thoughts about separating to the mix, they could predict which marriages would …

John Harding Starts Term as AAML Nor Cal Chapter President

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Harding & Associates Family Law principal John Harding has begun serving his term as the 2016 President of the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded in 1962, by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice …

Update on Alameda County Family Court Reorganization

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Presently the Alameda County Superior Court hears family law cases at two courthouses: the Hayward Hall of Justice in the City of Hayward, California and the George E. McDonald Hall of Justice in the City of Alameda, California. In 2015 the administration of the Alameda County Superior Court issued notice that all family law departments would be consolidated at the …

Can You Name The Two Countries On The Planet Where You Cannot Divorce?

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On this great big planet of ours there are two countries where you cannot get divorced (up to you decide if that is good or bad).  The first might be obvious if you are Catholic:  Vatican City. Yes the Vatican is an autonomous state. And no you cannot get a divorce there.  Not surprising. Not illogical either.  If all you’ve got …