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Marin County Family Law Blog

The blog posts and information contained in this portion of the Rachel Castrejon Family Law and Mediation website are intended to provide information about some of the common issues that arise in a divorce, child custody, or other family law matter. The information provided here should not be construed as legal advice for your specific case as each case is unique. Family law matters can be complicated and seeking advice from a qualified family law attorney about your specific case is recommended.
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Am I Entitled to My Spouse’s Stock Options?

Stock options are a form of compensation issued to employees that allows the employee to buy stock in the company at a set price regardless of the value of the stock. Normally, the option price is lower than the actual value of the stock allowing the employee receive an economic…

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Renewing a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

When renewing a restraining order, it's best to be informed about the process in advance. The Court has the power to renew a restraining order upon the request of the protected party. The protected party must file a request to renew the domestic violence restraining order at within the three…

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How to Obtain Your Spouse’s Financial Information

It is critical to understand your financial picture when you are going through divorce. Often, your spouse holds important information about your finances that you do not have access to. There are several mechanisms through which you can obtain your spouse's financial information, all of which fall under the general…

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Innocent Spouse Relief in Tax Law

Generally, both spouses are responsible for paying any tax, interest, or penalties from their joint tax return. If you are going through a divorce and believe your current or soon to be former spouse should be solely responsible for an error or an underpayment of tax from your joint return,…

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Obtaining and Renewing a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

Obtaining a Domestic Violence Restraining Order To obtain a domestic violence restraining order, the abused party must show that it was more likely than not that he or she suffered abuse by the other party. Requests for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders are usually made to the judge of the Superior…

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Can I Still Deduct Alimony/Spousal Support?

The most profound effect the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has had on divorce planning is with regard to taxation of alimony payments. Before TCJA, payments that could be defined under tax-law as alimony would be considered deductible by the payor for federal income tax purposes, while the…

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Confused about Divorce Options?

Are you or your spouse thinking about divorce, but have no idea how to go about it? Here are some divorce options. 1. Mediation You and your spouse can work with a mediator to help you reach an agreement on any issues in the case (i.e. child custody, child support,…

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Child Support Calculation

The Primary Factors in Child Support

How is Child Support Calculated? In California, there is a mandatory statutory guideline formula for calculating support. (Family Code section 4050 et seq.) The following is a list of the primary factors that the court will use in determining child support. There are other factors that can influence child support…

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