13Dec

Video / At what age can a child of divorce choose where to live?

By Forester Purcell / December 13, 2017 / Children, FAQ, Videos / No Comments

Attorney Matt Purcell explains the simple answer to this common question. Watch our conversation with FPS attorney Matt Purcell to learn the simple answer to the common question “When can my kid decide which parent she lives with?” While the answer is simple, the implications are comp...

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11Dec

Quick Takes: Holiday Bonuses and Other Extra Income – Impact on Child/Spousal Support

By Forester Purcell / December 11, 2017 / Children, Divorce, Family Law, FAQ, Videos / No Comments

Getting a holiday bonus? Understand what constitutes “income” for determining child and spousal support. With the holidays approaching and the year coming to a close, some divorced parents are looking forward to a year-end bonus. Whether the check will purchase necessities or provide ...

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15Oct

Quick Takes: Holiday Planning and Divorce

By Forester Purcell / October 15, 2017 / Children, Divorce, FAQ / No Comments

Whether you’re in a blended, separated, recently divorced, or single-parent family, it’s never too early to plan for the holidays. The divorce lawyers at FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC offer some reminders to help you make the most of the seasons.   NEIL FORESTER For those going thr...

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22Aug

Quick Takes: Child Support Misperceptions and Tips

By Forester Purcell / August 22, 2017 / Children, Divorce, Family Law, FAQ, Resources / No Comments

August is Child Support Awareness Month. The attorneys at FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC offer sound bites on some often misunderstood aspects of the system.   NEIL FORESTER The amount of monthly child support ordered by a court is often not the only child support that must be paid. In two spec...

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15Aug

California Child Custody Cases: Sanchez Ruling Affects Use of Experts, Evaluators, and Evidence

By Keeley Nickelson / August 15, 2017 / Children, Family Law / No Comments

People v. Sanchez: New Ruling Affects Use of Experts / Custody Evaluators and the Rules of Evidence in Family Court In custody cases, attorneys frequently use child custody evaluators to provide professional opinions and recommendations. Evaluators prepare a report that is submitted to the court ...

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27Jul

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story

By Forester Purcell / July 27, 2017 / Children, Firm News / No Comments

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story We are beyond thrilled to congratulate our clients Robyé and Matthew on the adoption of their daughter, Mia. FPS attorney Matt Purcell and senior paralegal Dorinda Gregory began working with the couple last year, after traditional rout...

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29Mar

The Costly Myth of the “730 Evaluation” in Child Custody Proceedings

By Matt Purcell / March 29, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Money and time could be wasted when a “730 evaluation” is ordered — but not defined — during child custody proceedings. What is a “730 evaluation?” It is a common misinterpretation of the law that plagues not just ill-informed parties but also attorneys and judicial office...

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26Feb

When and Why You May Need a “Court-Ordered” Paternity Test

By Matt Purcell / February 26, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Under the California Family Code, the only results that count when it comes to a paternity test are of the “court-ordered” variety. Myriad daytime television talk shows have made great drama out of paternity tests. I caught one the other day (on happenstance, while sick in bed) and it got me thin...

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22Dec

Which Path is for You? Collaborative Divorce, Mediation or Traditional Litigation

By Forester Purcell / December 22, 2016 / Children, Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Understand the risks and rewards of mediation and collaborative divorce options; protect against dead ends. Divorce and custody litigation can be extraordinarily unpleasant. For some, family law cases are expensive, time consuming, inefficient and unpredictable. Alternatives like mediation and “c...

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15Dec

Around the Web: Divorced Child’s Bill of Rights

By Forester Purcell / December 15, 2016 / Children, Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Around the Web: Children’s Bill of Rights for Divorced Parents On this day in 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt designated Bill of Rights Day by presidential proclamation. In a nod toward Bill of Rights author James Madison, we’ve gathered a few articles that outline the rights our children...

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