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.

Family Law Blog

How to Support Your Special Needs Child Through a Divorce

by Rachel Castrejon on Mar 27th, 2018

Whether a child is severely disabled or has moderate learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia or auditory processing issues, their ability to thrive depends on continuity and stability.  Thus, parents who are going through a divorce with a special needs child should consider how best to support continuity and stability to foster the best possible […]

5 Ways to Protect Your Divorce Property Equalizing Payment

by Rachel Castrejon on Mar 20th, 2018

Frequently, divorcing couples agree to divide property pursuant to a settlement agreement. Often, one of the parties is obligated to pay the other party an “equalizing payment.” The equalizing payment is the means by which both parties leave the marriage with substantially equal assets. Property division pursuant to a divorce agreement is a non-taxable event […]

Tax Reform: How it will Impact Spousal Support/Alimony Payments

by Rachel Castrejon on Nov 18th, 2017

If passed, the new tax reform bill introduced by Republicans will have a profound impact on couples getting divorced because the right to deduct alimony (spousal support) payments will be eliminated. Under current law, the spouse who pays alimony is allowed to deduct the amount of alimony paid from his or her income making it […]

When Your Spouse Stops Contributing to House Expenses

by Rachel Castrejon on Nov 6th, 2017

Often, couples who are newly separated do not understand their obligations and rights regarding payment of the “family home” expenses. The law regarding payment of “joint expenses” post-separation is not intuitive and can feel unfair to the person who is left in the family home. That is because, under California law, the person left in […]

3 Crucial Questions About The Family Home In Divorce

by Rachel Castrejon on Oct 30th, 2017

There are three important questions to ask when determining what rights you have regarding the family home. 1. When was the home purchased? If the home was purchased during the marriage and before the date of separation, it is presumptively community property which will be split equally unless either party has a right to reimbursement […]

What are the benefits of Mediation In the Family Law Context?

by Rachel Castrejon on Oct 23rd, 2017

There are four primary benefits to mediation: The parties can control the outcome of their case. Reduced Cost Less antagonism and emotional drain. Mediation is confidential. In addition to the cost savings detailed above, mediation is a way for the divorcing couple to control the outcome of the case.  When a case is not mediated […]

Who Pays For Divorce and How Can You Keep the Costs Down?

by Rachel Castrejon on Oct 16th, 2017

Not only is going through a divorce emotionally draining and time-consuming, it can also be very expensive. Being efficient while also obtaining ample information that will help you resolve your case is critical to managing the costs of divorce. Mediation generally offers a lower cost alternative to divorcing couples. Since the parties are paying the […]

Mediation, Is It Right for Your Divorce and Child Custody Issues?

by Rachel Castrejon on Oct 9th, 2017

Are you going through a divorce and want to do it in a way that minimizes the anxiety, emotional turmoil and expense? If so, mediation is the right option of you. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that both parties agree to participate in rather than proceeding through the “court process” which requires the […]