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  • Child Custody

    The latest posts for Child Custody are listed below.
    • When Can a Third-Party Obtain Child Custody?

      Third-party or non-parent custody is when an adult who is not a child’s parent is granted custody. While third-party custody rights are not typically granted to other parties since the courts believe that it is in a child’s best interests to remain with their biological or adopted parents, it can happen under certain circumstances. A person who gains this type of custody will become legally ...
    • Reasons a Judge Will Modify Child Custody in California

      If you need to modify your child custody order, what are the reasons a judge will allow? Certain court orders are modifiable by the California courts after a final judgement has been made. The most common areas for post-judgment modification of orders include child custody/visitation orders, child support orders, and spousal support orders. Keep reading to find out how you can modify your existing ...
    • Why Is It Important to Establish Paternity in California?

      If you and your partner have a child together and decide not to get married, you will need to establish paternity. California law does not automatically assign parentage to the child’s father, rather this must be determined after the child is born. There are many benefits to establishing parentage for unmarried parentings, including the fact that doing so protects a father’s right to be a part of ...

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • Can You Modify a Divorce Decree in CA?

      While it might seem that a divorce decree is final or set in stone, this is not always the case. A Final Judgement of the Dissolution of Marriage can be modified under certain circumstances. This is typically done when one or both parties would like to modify some of the terms of their divorce settlement agreement. Today, we discuss the ways you can modify a divorce decree in California. Changing ...
    • Benefits of Legal Separation Versus Divorce in CA

      Individuals choose legal separation for various reasons, including religious beliefs, a desire to keep their family together, or because they do not want to go through with a divorce . When it comes time to determining if legal separation or divorce is your best option, it would be beneficial to understand the differences as well as the benefits of each. What Is Legal Separation? Legal separation ...
    • Divorce and Real Estate Mistakes: How to Avoid Them

      Navigating a divorce requires you to deal with many challenges, especially when it comes to real estate. You will need to determine how to divide real estate, what to do with your martial home, and more. This adds even more confusion to the mix. When it comes to divorce and real estate, here are some mistakes you want to avoid. What Not to Do When Navigating Marital Property Division During a ...

    Domestic Partnerships

    The latest posts for Domestic Partnerships are listed below.
    • Domestic Partnership vs. Marriage: The Legal Benefits of Each

      There are several key differences to a domestic partnership and marriage in California. On the surface, they are different ways to formalize relationships between two romantic partners. While they each have their pros and cons, the two offer their own unique benefits that can make either appealing depending on your preferences. It is important to remember that domestic parternships do have ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • Why Domestic Violence Has Increased During the Pandemic

      As if this year hasn’t already created enough hardships for people all over the world, one of the most unfortunate emerging facts of 2020 is that domestic violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic according to UN Women. Domestic violence (also known as “intimate partner violence” or “DV”) is defined by California law as harming or threatening to harm an intimate partner, although family ...
    • 3 Types of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in CA

      If you are a victim of domestic violence in California or fear an attack from a current or former spouse/romantic partner, someone who shares a child with, someone you live(d) with, or a relative is imminent, you may obtain a restraining order. Also known as a protective order or order of protection, this type of court order prohibits an abuser from contacting or being within a certain distance of ...
    • Can I Get a Restraining Order Removed?

      Restraining orders are usually issued by courts in cases involving domestic violence , sexual assault, assault and battery, harassment, and stalking. Restraining orders are used to prevent an alleged abuser from being able to contact, visit, or come near a protected party. When a restraining order is issued and the defendant and victim still live together, then the order basically forces the ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • Can You Modify a Divorce Decree in CA?

      While it might seem that a divorce decree is final or set in stone, this is not always the case. A Final Judgement of the Dissolution of Marriage can be modified under certain circumstances. This is typically done when one or both parties would like to modify some of the terms of their divorce settlement agreement. Today, we discuss the ways you can modify a divorce decree in California. Changing ...
    • When Can a Third-Party Obtain Child Custody?

      Third-party or non-parent custody is when an adult who is not a child’s parent is granted custody. While third-party custody rights are not typically granted to other parties since the courts believe that it is in a child’s best interests to remain with their biological or adopted parents, it can happen under certain circumstances. A person who gains this type of custody will become legally ...
    • Benefits of Legal Separation Versus Divorce in CA

      Individuals choose legal separation for various reasons, including religious beliefs, a desire to keep their family together, or because they do not want to go through with a divorce . When it comes time to determining if legal separation or divorce is your best option, it would be beneficial to understand the differences as well as the benefits of each. What Is Legal Separation? Legal separation ...

    Legal Separation

    The latest posts for Legal Separation are listed below.
    • Benefits of Legal Separation Versus Divorce in CA

      Individuals choose legal separation for various reasons, including religious beliefs, a desire to keep their family together, or because they do not want to go through with a divorce . When it comes time to determining if legal separation or divorce is your best option, it would be beneficial to understand the differences as well as the benefits of each. What Is Legal Separation? Legal separation ...

    Mediation

    The latest posts for Mediation are listed below.
    • The Differences Between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

      If you and your spouse have decided to move forward with the process of filing for divorce , you are most likely curious to learn about your various options. Two options that keep you out of court include collaborative divorce and mediation. Both methods are considered amicable divorce alternatives that could help you resolve your divorce issues outside of the courtroom without the need for ...

    Paternity

    The latest posts for Paternity are listed below.
    • Why Is It Important to Establish Paternity in California?

      If you and your partner have a child together and decide not to get married, you will need to establish paternity. California law does not automatically assign parentage to the child’s father, rather this must be determined after the child is born. There are many benefits to establishing parentage for unmarried parentings, including the fact that doing so protects a father’s right to be a part of ...

    Property Division

    The latest posts for Property Division are listed below.
    • Divorce and Real Estate Mistakes: How to Avoid Them

      Navigating a divorce requires you to deal with many challenges, especially when it comes to real estate. You will need to determine how to divide real estate, what to do with your martial home, and more. This adds even more confusion to the mix. When it comes to divorce and real estate, here are some mistakes you want to avoid. What Not to Do When Navigating Marital Property Division During a ...
    • How Do You Divide a Business in a Divorce?

      What happens to a family business during a divorce ? If this question keeps popping up in your head, you are not alone. In California, a business is considered an asset, which is subject to division during a divorce if considered marital property. Determining the value of a business requires the assistance of seasoned professionals, including accountants and appraisers. Today, we go over the ...
    • Is California a Community Property State?

      California is considered a “community property” state and does not follow equitable distribution rules. This means a married couple’s community property should be divided equally in the event of a divorce (if there is no written agreement, such as a prenuptial agreement). Community property – also known as marital property – consists of all assets that a couple acquires during the marriage. To ...

    Third-Party Child Custody

    The latest posts for Third-Party Child Custody are listed below.
    • When Can a Third-Party Obtain Child Custody?

      Third-party or non-parent custody is when an adult who is not a child’s parent is granted custody. While third-party custody rights are not typically granted to other parties since the courts believe that it is in a child’s best interests to remain with their biological or adopted parents, it can happen under certain circumstances. A person who gains this type of custody will become legally ...
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