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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 »

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 »

Don’t Suffer in Silence – Domestic Abuse in California

In California, domestic violence is defined as disturbing the peace of another. The abuse or the threat of abuse is directed against someone with whom the abuser has or had an intimate relationship: spouse, former spouse, registered partner, former registered partner, other parent of the abuser’s children, lived together, used to live together, dating, currently… Read More »

Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Attorney

It is possible to file for divorce in California without an attorney such as when the divorce is simple, with no children or shared assets. However, most cases are more complex than that. If there are child custody, child support, property division, spousal support or other issues, an experienced lawyer is essential to ensuring your… Read More »

Helping Your Children Cope With a Separation or Divorce

Children may experience the different stages of grief during their parents’ separation or divorce: Shock and denial that their parents are separating Anger because their parents are separating Depression, overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness and sadness during a divorce Bargaining, attempting to make things the way they were before the divorce, promising themselves or their parents… Read More »

Developing a Holiday Schedule for Your Child(ren)

A holiday schedule for your child(ren) takes precedence over the usual custodial schedule and is in addition to the regular custody and visitation schedule. The setting of a holiday schedule is a common practice for Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, Thanksgiving and/or any religious and/or culturally significant special days, to name a few. Some considerations to payattention… Read More »

Divorcing from a Partner with a Personality Disorder

Obtaining a divorce can be complicated and overwhelming under most circumstances. On top of that, a spouse with a personality disorder adds another level of complication. The thought of leaving a partner with a personality disorder can be scary … You may not know how your spouse will react … You may have children to protect. Despite these… Read More »