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Ask me how to divide your IRA account?

Posted on : November 15, 2014
The common misperception is that you need a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO, to divide your Individual Retirement Account (IRA.) Actually, the law which governs Pension Plan division, ERISA, does not apply to IRA benefits. Typically, all you need to divide the community property equity of an IRA is your conformed filed copy of … Continue reading Ask me how to divide your IRA account?

Will the Court impute income to me?

Posted on : October 19, 2014
Let’s talk about temporary Spousal Support. At the beginning of your divorce proceedings, one party or the other is likely to file a Request for Order, which is the mechanism by which you obtain a hearing date to go to court for temporary orders to be issued. In terms of seeking temporary Spousal Support, the … Continue reading Will the Court impute income to me?

Why you should not hire a paralegal to do an Attorney’s Job!

Posted on : October 19, 2014
The other day a potential client came to see me regarding a judgment entered 9 months ago. She had a “paralegal do the paperwork.” There were too many mistakes to count. The most glaring mistake? There was no parenting plan, no holiday plan, nothing. The parties agreed to “reasonable visitation.” That only works if the … Continue reading Why you should not hire a paralegal to do an Attorney’s Job!

Should you hire a BIG FIRM for your divorce?

Posted on : April 22, 2014
When you are shopping for a divorce attorney, you are on a mission to find the right attorney just for you. If you want to have a “BIG FIRM” represent you, you will likely be paying the “BIG FIRM” prices. Think about it. The “BIG FIRM” typically has 20-25 employees, and everyone but the file … Continue reading Should you hire a BIG FIRM for your divorce?

TESTIMONIALS

Posted on : January 16, 2014
WHAT CLIENTS SAY Barbara E. McNamara (LegallyBarb) has represented all kinds of clients in all kinds of family law cases. Here are just a few of their stories, shared with permission, of course: AN END TO HARASSMENT My name is Cheryl Stack and I work for Chapman University in Orange, California. I have been employed … Continue reading TESTIMONIALS

Should I Modify My Child Support Order?

Posted on : November 29, 2013
If you currently have court orders for you to pay child support to the Mother of your children, whether she is your ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and you have lost your job – what should you do? Seek a modification of your support order as soon as possible! In order to modify your child support order,  you will want … Continue reading Should I Modify My Child Support Order?

How Can I Get A Temporary Spousal Support Order?

Posted on : November 29, 2013
During the divorce process, the Court can make temporary orders regarding spousal support. Usually,  the spouse who earns less money, or perhaps is unemployed, or has been a stay at home parent, files a “Request for Order” to ask the Court make an order for Spousal Support. The temporary orders are typically based upon the output from the … Continue reading How Can I Get A Temporary Spousal Support Order?

Selecting the Right Attorney for You

Posted on : November 29, 2013
Ready, take aim, fire! How to hit the bullzeye and choose the right attorney. When you are facing the reality that your marriage is over, and have accepted that it is time to take action, then you should interview at least three attorneys to make sure that you have found the right one for you. When … Continue reading Selecting the Right Attorney for You

Our Divorced & Separated Support Group can help

Posted on : November 29, 2013
Need somebody to talk to about your divorce? Want to meet people who really understand what you’ve gone through or are dealing with now? Consider sitting in on our Divorced & Separated Support Group. The group meets twice a month a month in Huntington Beach at the St. Bonaventure School. It’s a small, welcoming group of men and … Continue reading Our Divorced & Separated Support Group can help

Best holiday advice for divorced parents

Posted on : November 29, 2013
Worried that your life will take a nosedive during the holidays? Relax. You can survive the holiday season–and maybe even enjoy yourself and your kids–if you just follow a few simple tips: #1: A great gift idea. Take pictures of your kids in a fun setting, like at the beach or at the park. Print out the … Continue reading Best holiday advice for divorced parents