Does Child Support Have to Follow California Guidelines in a Divorce

Does Child Support Have to Follow California Guidelines in a Carlsbad Divorce

Pierre Domercq Child Support

As experienced Carlsbad and North County divorce and family law attorneys who have appeared before local courts for decades, we are often asked “Does child support have to follow California Guidelines in a Carlsbad divorce?” The answer to the Court’s flexibility to allow a deviation in guideline calculations can be both “yes” and “no.”  It actually depends upon your unique …

Should You Wait Until After the Pandemic is Over to File for Divorce

Should You Wait Until After the Pandemic is Over to File for Divorce?

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Should you wait until after the pandemic is over to file for divorce in Carlsbad or North County?  The number of divorces has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, here in California and according to the Wall Street Journal around the world.  Our Courts were closed during the initial months of the pandemic, and while they are currently open there is …

Parenting Plans Are Changing Based Upon Recent New Laws

How Important is a Good Parenting Plan in a Carlsbad Divorce?

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

How important is a good parenting plan in a Carlsbad divorce?  Your parenting plan will establish how you and your former spouse will share time with the children as well as the ability to make legal decisions regarding each child’s health, education and religious upbringing.  The time you spend carefully planning this important schedule will have a tremendous impact not …

limit to the amount of child support

Is There A Limit to the Amount of Child Support in a North County Divorce

Pierre Domercq Child Support

Carlsbad and North County is home to many wealthy families. We are often asked if there is a limit to the amount of child support in a North County or Carlsbad divorce? California does not presently place any limits on the amount which can be ordered or negotiated for child support. The standard California child support guideline calculator will take …

When Separate Funds are used for Marital Purchases

When Separate Funds are used for Marital Purchases

Pierre Domercq Divorce

What happens when separate funds are used for marital purchases prior to a divorce?  This occurs when one of the spouses uses money or assets they had prior to marriage (known as “separate property”) to purchase an asset which is classified as community property in a divorce such as the family home.  How do you protect separate assets from community …

Best Protect Yourself from Domestic Violence

7 steps to Best Protect Yourself from Domestic Violence or an Abusive Husband or Wife in Carlsbad or North County

Pierre Domercq Domestic Violence

What are the 7 steps to best protect yourself from domestic violence or an abusive husband or wife in Carlsbad or North County? •1. The first step to best protect yourself from domestic violence is to collect resources such as money, check books, credit cards, cell phone, laptop, and friends willing to help you. •2. If you have children with …

Best Interests of a Child

What is the Best Interests of a Child in a North County or Carlsbad Child Custody or Parenting Time Case?

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

What is the “best interests of a child” in a North County or Carlsbad child custody or parenting time case?  Child custody and parenting time issues are associated with parents in a divorce, as well as unmarried parents in a paternity action. Child custody in California is legally divided into two forms of custody: physical and legal.  Physical custody is …