Divorce with Children: Consulting With Mental Health Professionals

I recently attended a family law “study group” sponsored by White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt and the speaker was a mental health professional who spoke on the subject of “reunification therapy”.  I thought she gave a good presentation and I asked her if she would care to provide a guest blog article covering the role of the mental health professional in marital dissolutions. She readily agreed and the following is her initial article:

Carolyn Cater Nishimoto, MSW, L.C.S.W.
1633 E. Fourth Street, Suite 144
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 541-5582

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California Property Tax Basis Rollover

I recently had the honor of speaking at a workshop sponsored by the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association about a variety of divorce related tax topics.  Somewhat to my surprise the participants were particularly interested in the topic of California real property taxes and the available basis rollover, especially a few divorce related nuances of which I wasn’t fully versed in at the time of the workshop. As a result, I have fully researched the topic. The following is a summary of the key provisions: Continue reading

Five Options For The Divorce Process

If you are in a situation where divorce appears to be the only option, you should probably retain the services of a competent experienced family law attorney as early as possible to help guide you through the process and protect your interests. Just the same there are technically five distinct options for obtaining a divorce that you should at least be aware of before you have, in fact, retained an attorney. The following is a very brief summary of these options: Continue reading

Divorce and Separation Planning

Right after concern for the welfare of the children, the biggest concern during and after the divorce process generally relates to the fear of the unknown financial impact.  During the divorce process, costs generally rise dramatically as the spouses often incur new outlays for legal and forensic representation, emotional counseling services, and separate housing.  This stress is very negative and often results in much more acrimony than would otherwise be present.  One spouse generally is in the position of earning more and he or she is forced to “support” the other party, at first on a temporary basis and later on a permanent basis.  Continue reading