About Linda D. States

After a decade working for a large firm on the most sophisticated family law cases throughout Northern California and additional years with the court and private practice, I have the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to expertly handle any family law issue that may arise for my clients. Now I am able to complement my expertise in complex matters with the flexibility to provide more efficient and accessible services in my solo practice.
22 05, 2018

Negotiating children’s college educations during divorce

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:07+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Divorce in CA|0 Comments

Concerns of California parents about paying for their children’s college education may grow if they get a divorce. Amid worries about child and spousal support, college savings might slip down the priority list, but with colleges costing an average of more than $20,000 per year for a state school and over twice that for a private school, it is likely that help will be needed.Both children and parents might need to revise their plans. For example, a child may want to consider attending a state [...]

9 05, 2018

Wealthy children and prenuptial agreements

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:07+00:00 May 9th, 2018|prenuptial agreements|0 Comments

California residents who have substantial wealth may be concerned about what would happen to that wealth if their children get married and then divorced. The completion of a prenuptial agreement before a marriage can protect financial assets that are intended to remain in the family. When approaching this subject with their adult children, parents should be aware that their children will be required to make a full disclosure of all the assets they own. In some cases, this may be the first time that the [...]

23 04, 2018

How to financially plan for a divorce

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Divorce in CA|0 Comments

Taking steps to prepare financially for divorce even before it is underway may help some people in California through the process. For people who do not have an income or manage the family finances, some steps may be critical such as applying for an individual line of credit. This is something a person who has always shared joint accounts with a spouse may want to do before leaving the marriage.People might also want to gather all financial documents and make copies of them. Later, if [...]

11 04, 2018

Child custody can be an abuser’s weapon

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:08+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Divorce in CA|0 Comments

When survivors of domestic abuse in California make the decision to divorce, child custody can be a particular concern. Because child custody rulings can essentially mandate ongoing communication between parents, it can also provide an opportunity for abusers to continue manipulative and violent behavior against their family members. Some experts have indicated that many domestic abusers attempt to seek control of the situation by seeking child custody. These experts use the term “coercive control,” which can include tactics such as emotional abuse, abuse of the [...]

4 04, 2018

Millennials considering prenups: what to include, leave out

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:08+00:00 April 4th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

If you are a millennial and getting married, chances are you approach the event very differently than your parents did. You may be more inclined to have a non-traditional registry, for example, or opt for digital RSVPs instead of paper. You could also be more likely to have a prenuptial agreement, according to recent statistics. If you are considering this as an option, then you should know what you likely can and cannot protect with a valid prenup. […]

27 03, 2018

An overveiw of how to divide child custody

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:09+00:00 March 27th, 2018|child custody|0 Comments

In child custody cases, it is not uncommon for a court to create a visitation schedule. This enables a parent in California or elsewhere to have a relationship with their children whether he or she is granted custody or not. As a general rule, parents are allowed to have a role in a son or daughter’s life assuming that they are fit to do so.A visitation schedule may still be created in the event that parents have joint custody over their kids. This can reduce [...]

13 03, 2018

Dividing 401(k) funds properly during a divorce

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:09+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Divorce in CA|0 Comments

There are multiple mistakes that California residents can make when dividing their 401(k) assets during a divorce. Unfortunately, oversights can result in high tax bills, excessive penalties and an unfair division of funds. To avoid making such mistakes, it is important that spouses are aware that the various types of retirement accounts are governed by different rules. Workplace retirement plans, which include conventional pensions and 401(k) accounts, can only be divided through qualified domestic relations orders. Without a QDRO, an ex-spouse would not be able [...]

28 02, 2018

Legal and physical custody: What’s the difference?

By | 2018-10-30T10:32:10+00:00 February 28th, 2018|child custody|0 Comments

For parents who are beginning the divorce process, the question of child custody weighs heavily on their minds. Is a joint solution the best, or is it better for one parent to have sole custody while the other has visitation rights? To start, it’s important to remember there are two types of child custody parents will need to consider: legal custody and physical custody. […]

14 02, 2017

Roseville Divorce Lawyers

By | 2019-02-15T11:07:49+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Roseville CA|0 Comments

States Family Law has nearly two decades of experience as Roseville Divorce Lawyers. While working for  major Sacramento firms, we often represented high net worth individuals in complex financial and custody matters as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Now in our own practice, we put that Roseville Divorce Lawyer experience to work for all my clients. Whether your Roseville Divorce is legally and factually complex or simple and straightforward, States Family Law  has the skills and experience your case requires. But being an effective [...]