Family & Divorce

Benjamin H. Yip of the Renkin & Associates family law firm already had an impressive resume before joining the firm, but his stellar track record has recently been bolstered with a Certified Family Law Specialist designation. Awarded by the State Bar of California, the program allows attorneys to earn designations as specialists in various fields of law.

The State Bar

In California, divorced parents have a legal obligation to support their children financially, regardless of what custody arrangement may be in place. However, one question often arises regarding child support: if one parent marries again, does it affect an existing child support order? If so, to what extent?

If the paying parent remarries, the receiving parent may assume that the

At one time, the answer to that question would have been simple. Historically, mothers were more likely to gain child custody, especially if the children were young since they tended to be the primary caregivers. Today, it’s different: both women and men work outside the home after the children are born and fathers provide the same degree of love and

The Second District Court of Appeal’s recent opinion in In re Ezequiel G. (Jul. 29, 2022, B314432) ___ Cal.App.5th ___ illustrates an issue that comes up regularly among appellate courts: appeals of juvenile dependency rulings alleging inadequate inquiries under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Under the ICWA (and implementing state law), California courts and county welfare departments have

A lot of California divorces are uncontested. Both spouses acknowledge that the relationship is over and work together to decide key issues like child custody and support, property division, and alimony. Sometimes a divorce becomes contested when there’s a disagreement in any of these matters, but ultimately resolution can be achieved through negotiation or litigation.
When your spouse doesn’t respond

In California, the divorce process can take months or even years, depending on whether you have children, the size and complexity of the marital estate, and whether there is a dispute that requires litigation to resolve. For example, if you and your spouse have only been together a couple of years and have no children, your case will be less

Child custody and support are two separate arrangements in California, but under the state’s timeshare custody rule, they impact one another. 
When you and your spouse (or the court) create a custody agreement, one parent typically ends up with fewer hours per week than the other. This parent is the one who will be responsible for paying child support, but

The holidays are upon us, and for family law attorneys, that means clients who need extra support in navigating co-parenting arrangements. Added stress can come during this season in the form of disruption to the normal time-sharing schedule with children, multiple family gatherings, pressure from extended family, travel, and financial strain. Give your clients a little extra cheer with these