Older Couples are Divorcing at an Increasing Rate

Older Couples are Divorcing at an Increasing Rate

Pierre Domercq Divorce

While surveys show that the nation’s divorce rate may actually be going down, older couples are divorcing at an increasing rate.  Unfortunately, couples over the age of 50 in California and around the country are far more likely to see their marriages fail than they were in decades past.  The rate of what sociologists call “gray divorce” doubled between 1990 …

Can an Unmarried Mother Take her Child and Leave California

Can an Unmarried Mother Take her Child and Leave California?

Pierre Domercq Paternity

Can an unmarried mother take her child and leave California without the father’s permission?  While this is a complex legal question, the simple answer begins with “yes, unless the father of the child asserts his rights and paternity under California law.”  If this is the case, how does an unmarried father in California protect his custody rights and the parenting privileges …

Post Divorce Decree Modifications to Child Custody or Spousal Support

Post Divorce Decree Modifications to Child Custody or Spousal Support in North County

Pierre Domercq Post Decree Modifications

How do you get spousal support, child support or child custody orders modified after a divorce decree in North County San Diego?  Generally speaking, in order to consider post divorce decree modifications to child custody or spousal support in North County the Court will be looking for what is legally described as a “significant change in the Status Quo.”  What …

Property Division in a Divorce Isn't Simply a 50% Division of All Assets

Property Division in a Divorce Isn’t Simply a 50% Division of All Assets

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Property division in a divorce isn’t simply a 50% division of all assets.  Generally speaking, the court is seeking a fair and equal division of community property between the former spouses.  Part of the art and experience our attorneys bring to the table during any divorce are the creative solutions necessary to achieve a fair property division using “offsetting assets.” …

Understanding Spousal Support in North County San Diego

Understanding Spousal Support in North County San Diego

Pierre Domercq Spousal Support

Understanding spousal support in North County San Diego requires experience and a thorough understanding of California family law.  Spousal support is much less of a formula-driven process than child support here in North County San Diego and throughout California.  Judges have a much broader discretion as to when or if spousal support is to be awarded.  The experience and expertise …

Reducing children's stress during divorce

Reducing Children’s Stress During Divorce

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Many California parents must face the end their marriages. Divorce is obviously a heavy source of stress for both former spouses as well as the children.  Most parents want to make the process easier on their children.  There are several strategies for reducing children’s stress during divorce and making the situation easier for them to handle. Both during and following …

Who Gets the House in a North County San Diego Divorce

Who Gets the House in a North County San Diego Divorce?

Pierre Domercq Community Property Division

Who gets to keep the house in a North County San Diego Divorce?  We are often asked this question, however there is (of course) no simple answer.  The family home represents many things to both parties in a divorce. There are many components: financial, emotional, impact on the children, and even pride and the amount of work you’ve invested into …

Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders Affect a Divorce

Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders Affect a Divorce

Pierre Domercq Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and restraining orders affect a divorce in many ways here in North County San Diego.  It is not uncommon for our courts to issue restraining orders in domestic violence situations.  A person can request a domestic violence restraining order if he or she has been threatened with abuse or has in fact been abused by a person with …

Understanding the Basics of Child Custody Issues

Understanding the Basics of Child Custody Issues

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

North County San Diego parents considering a divorce need help understanding the basics of child custody issues.  Child custody disputes are highly charged emotional experiences which not only increase the pain and challenge of a divorce, they increase the cost of the process and the time it takes to complete it.  Knowledge of child custody issues can be vitally important …