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December 2018 Archives

The new year is accompanied by new alimony rules

California couples may be concerned about how the new tax rules may affect their plans to divorce. These changes, included in the 2017 tax bill, were scheduled to go into effect in 2019. This spurred many unhappy couples to escalate their divorce timelines in order to maintain the current tax system. Couples who finalize their divorces in 2018 will continue to use the old system, but divorces finalized after the new year will operate according to the new rules.

DNA tests and child support

California residents who are concerned about child support should keep in mind that paternity tests are now a requirement in many cases. Paternity tests help resolve any questions of parentage and ensure that the correct father is responsible for child support. In some cases, DNA tests can also be used to relieve a man of his responsibility to pay child support.

Consumer laws restrict abusive behavior among debt collectors

Missing loan payments can trigger debt collectors to contact people in California. These entities that pursue money for unpaid creditors have the right to contact people by mail, email, telephone and text message. Although debtors have obligations to pay their loans, consumer laws grant them some rights when interacting with collection agents.

How divorced parents should deal with the holidays

California is known for having some of the highest divorce rates in the nation. This means that many parents in the Golden State will have to deal with the reality of separated families during the holiday season. Even happily married couples admit that the holidays bring about a mixture of stress, excitement and anticipation that can cause strong emotions to flare up. For this reason, divorced parents should focus on looking out for the best interests of the children above everything else.

Bankruptcy refiling time restrictions

Technically, there are no restrictions on the number of times a person can file for bankruptcy. However, after a discharge in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case, the bankruptcy petitioner may have to wait for a period of time before he or she can file for bankruptcy again. The time periods that apply to California filers vary based on the types of bankruptcy involved.

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