Can I Still Deduct Alimony/Spousal Support?

by Rachel Castrejon on Apr 19th, 2019

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… Read More

Confused about Divorce Options?

by Rachel Castrejon on Sep 28th, 2018

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… Read More

The Primary Factors in Child Support

by Rachel Castrejon on Sep 28th, 2018

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More