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Spousal and Partner Support in California

A contentious issue during a divorce is spousal support, which can be a complex issue to understand to and to resolve. When one spouse has a lower income, the court may order the other spouse to provide a certain level of financial support. In California, in a dissolution, a request for the court to order… Read More »

Do Grandparents Have Visitation and Custody Rights in California?

There is no set definition of what a family should be. Every family is unique. Sometimes, grandparents may be rearing and caring for their grandchildren without the children’s parents, which may be in the best interests of the children. According to California law, a grandparent has the right to request reasonable visitation or custody rights… Read More »

Service by Publication in California

Each person is required to receive actual notice, have an opportunity to appear and be heard before any adverse legal action may be taken the person; this is known as due process. Divorce is no exception to this requirement. The litigation to dissolve the marriage begins with filing of the proper forms with the court… Read More »

Modifying Child Support Orders in California

Child support orders may be changed if necessary. Sometimes, people’s situations change and the order needs to change to reflect that. A parent might not be able to keep up with the monthly installments or the parent receiving the payment may feel that the amount is not adequate. To modify the child support order, a… Read More »

Dividing Property Pursuant to Divorce or Legal Separation

Property division can cause a lot of tension during the divorce process. California’s community property law directs the court to divide the marital estate in half, but there’s no guarantee that all assets will be designated as community property. More likely than not, the court will hold that one or both spouses are entitled to… Read More »

Your Children Should Always Come First

If you are a divorcing parent, the wellbeing of your children is the first priority. It is imperative that you and your child’s other parent develop a child-custody plan that puts the best interests of your children first. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand the complexities of child custody laws in California…. Read More »

Types of Marital Dissolution in California

After the difficult decision to dissolve the marriage is made, each of you must determine which course of action is best for you. Depending on your personal beliefs, financial situation, if you have children, and/or other facts and issues, your marriage might be ended by divorce, legal separation or annulment. The person who files the… Read More »

Can My Marriage be Annulled?

In California, the court can grant an annulment if it determines that the marriage is void or voidable. A void marriage can never be legal; a voidable marriage is presumed legal and, then, can become void or rendered null by proof of certain circumstances. Void marriages include incestuous unions. California’s consanguinity law forbids marriages between… Read More »

In California, You’re the Dad If You Act Like the Dad

California law takes a broad view of fatherhood through the concept of “presumed parenthood” because the state recognizes that paternity is more than just DNA. Under this principle, a man can establish paternity even if he has no biological connection to the child. Understanding “Presumed Parent” In certain situations, California law presumes a man is… Read More »

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation in California

The thought of facing a judge or being in a courtroom may be intimidating for some persons. When seeking a divorce, you may decide that litigation in the courtroom is not the right choice for you due to the time and expense required to appear before the judge. Another option available to the parties, as… Read More »