Family Law News 2018, Issue 2, Volume 40, No. 2
- An Evidence Code Primer for Family Law Attorneys Part I: An Overview and GeneraL Approach
- Business Tax Returns: What is the Difference Between the Various Types?
- Consideration of Fault In Divorce Proceedings After the #MeToo Movement
- Family Law News Editorial Team
- Family Law Section Executive Committee
- Guardians Ad Litem—What Are They and When Are They Necessary in a Family Law Case?
- Legislative Liaisons and Designated Recipients of Legislation
- Message from the Chair
- Message from the Editor
- NeverLand Practice: Representing Minor Children
- Reboot Your Law Practice: Boost Profits, Restore Work-Life Balance and Make Clients Happy in a Changing Legal Landscape
- Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say
- Sometimes, We Just Have to Say No: Warning Signs That Should Make You Think Before Taking On a Potential Client
- Table of Contents
- Technology Corner
- Blended Families
Tiffany L. Andrews
Tiffany Andrews is a Certified Family Law and Child Welfare Law Specialist who has been practicing i dependency law since 2006 and family law since 2008. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the California State University of Sacramento in 2001. She is sworn in to practice in the State Courts of California, the federal court of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California and, in 2014, into the United States Supreme Court.
Most courts today recognize the importance of family education. We frequently see attorneys requesting and/or courts ordering parties to some sort of parenting and/or co-parenting classes. It is also not uncommon to have clients who have had premarital counseling and/or even divorce counseling. Perhaps it is time to start thinking about adding a blended family module to the list of resources to which attorneys and courts can refer clients.
According to GoodTherapy.org, blended families, or stepfamilies, are becoming increasingly common. Studies show that nearly half of marriages in the United States end in divorce and that at least half of the nation’s children live with a biological parent and the parent’s partner, who is not the other biological parent. That person might be called a stepparent or a "bonus" parent."1