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A Family Law Firm, Inc. offers services in all areas of Family Law. These services include, but are not limited, to the following:
Divorce. The dissolution of a marriage. It is commonly referred to as a divorce.
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Adoption. The creation of a parent-child relationship by judicial order. Generally, there must be determination that the child is an orphan or has been abandoned, or that parental rights have been terminated by Court order.
Child Custody. The care, control, and maintenance of a child, which a Court may award to one or both of the parents or other non-parent. Generally, this determination is made based on the best interests of the child.
Child Visitation. Permission granted by the Court to a non-custodial parent or other party to visit a child or children. Visitation rights may be determined by the agreement of the parties or by a Court order. Visitation is also referred to as “access time.”
Child Support. A parent’s legal obligation to contribute to the economic maintenance and education of children.
In California, specific guidelines are used to determine the amount of child support that should be paid. Calculation of payments is extremely complex and you must ensure that the correct data is used to guarantee a fair support determination.
There are a number of factors that the Court considers in calculating child support amounts, including the income levels of both parents, the time that each party cares for the child, who pays the child care and healthcare expenses for the children, and who claims them as dependents for tax purposes.
Spousal Support. Commonly referred to as alimony, spousal support is money paid on order of the Court for the support of a spouse.
One of the factors that the Court considers in determining spousal support is the length of marriage. Other factors include the standard of living during the marriage and the supporting spouse’s ability to pay.
Restraining Order. A Court order restricting a person from harassing, threatening, and sometimes merely contacting or approaching another specified person.
Alimony. California Family Law uses the term “spousal support” for orders to one spouse to financially support the other.
Guardianship. In Family Law, guardianship usually involves a person assigned by the Court to take care of minor children. The guardianship of a minor remains under Court supervision until the child reaches the majority at 18.
Separating a child from his or her parents is not a decision the courts take lightly. There needs to be strong evidence of neglect and removing the child from the home needs to clearly be in the child’s best interests.
Set Aside of Judgment or other Court Order. To annul or negate a Court order or judgment by a subsequent Court order.
Termination of Parental Rights. The legal severing of a parent’s rights, privileges, and responsibilities regarding his or her child. Termination of the parent’s rights frees the child to be adopted by someone else.
Dissolution of Domestic Partnership. A dissolution of a domestic partnership in California is the termination of a legal relationship between same-sex couples and to certain opposite-sex couples in which at least one party is at least 62 years of age.
Some situations involving the dissolution of domestic partnerships can be relatively simple and straight-forward, while others can get very complicated by things like children and real estate. In situations where a couple has smaller amounts of community property and debt, and have been together for a time period of less than five years, the partners may be able to file a Notice of Termination form with the California Secretary of State.
Once this is done, the domestic partnership will then be dissolved, removing each partner’s legal responsibility to the other.
Mediation. A method of non-binding dispute resolution involving a neutral third party who tries to help the disputing parties reach a mutually agreeable solution.
The mediator’s role is to help the participants determine what is most important to them in an agreement and to assist them in gathering the relevant information. The mediator facilitates communication and helps to guide the participants to an agreement.