You don’t know what to do. You have finally decided to take the step to separate your family into two households. Or perhaps your spouse has told you the marriage is over. Either way, it means divorce. You don’t want a big fight, or to [...]
Most married couples with an estate plan name each other to receive most or all their property upon their death. They also usually name the other to be their health care agent, and agent with power of attorney for financial matters. If this is your [...]
The phrase “in these difficult times” has become a cliché in the months since the Coronavirus or Covid-19 virus changed the world. So much has been put on hold – even the courts have been closed and you may have assumed you won’t be able [...]
When couples divorce, discussions about dividing the family’s assets can get heated, causing stress and anxiety. At De Falla Law & Mediation, our job is to help the couple have a respectful discussion, keeping both of people’s interests in mind. The goal? A property division [...]
The research is crystal clear — children of divorce fare much better when parents are able to protect them from the adults’ conflict. They do this by making a conscious choice to prioritize their children’s interests, control their urge to fight, and work as a team. This [...]
The new tax law has far reaching ramifications. Here are a few of the main ones that will impact divorcing couples. The tax treatment of California’s version of alimony, which we call Spousal Support, is changing dramatically. Right now, the spouse paying the spousal support is able to deduct it from his or her income, often significantly reducing taxes.
If you are facing a divorce you may be experiencing feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, betrayal, fear, confusion, and worry about your children and your finances. You may be dreading a high conflict, long and costly court proceeding. While the end of your relationship may [...]