3Apr

FAQ: Child Custody and Relocation Cases – How far can I move?

By Matt Purcell / April 3, 2018 / Children, Divorce, FAQ / No Comments

Child custody lawyer Matt Purcell discusses common client confusion around relocation cases and how the court will consider situations where one divorced parent wants or needs to move away from the other co-parent.

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20Dec

California Prop. 64 and Child Custody Orders: What’s the Buzz?

By Keeley Nickelson / December 20, 2017 / Children, Family Law, FAQ / No Comments

Does the legalization of recreational marijuana affect my child custody orders? My co-parent gets high sometimes. When the clock strikes midnight in California this new year, hundreds of new laws will go into effect. A big one for 2018 is the legalization of recreational marijuana use. If you hav...

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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 / 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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