Santa Barbara Family Law Attorney Explains the Step-Parent Adoption Process
Adoption is the legal process of creating a permanent, legally binding parent-child relationship when the adopting individual is not the biological parent to the child. This process results in the adoptive parent having the same legal rights and responsibilities as a biological parent. It’s important to discuss this process with a Santa Barbara family law attorney. This article aims to explain the general process of adoption of a child by a stepparent.
Stepparent adoption is the most common form of adoption. There are two forms of stepparent adoption. If you answer yes to the following questions, you are not seeking the basic stepparent/domestic partnership adoption, but the stepparent adoption to confirm parentage:
- Was the adopting parent married to, or in a legally recognized domestic partnership or union with the birth parent at the time the child was born?
- Is the adopting parent still married to, or in a legally recognized domestic partnership or union with, the birth parent?
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Santa Barbara Family Law Attorney Helps With Child Support Issues in California
Divorce is always a difficult and emotional time in someone’s life. There are a lot of difficult and specific elements of a divorce and gets much more complicated if children are involved. It’s always best to contact a knowledgeable family attorney who can help with your situation specifically. Read more “Child Support”
Domestic violence is a serious issue in America and across the globe in general. There are millions of men and women across the country that face dangerous abuse on a daily basis, and this abuse affects the lives of children and other family members in serious and lasting ways. A major problem with domestic violence and the related crimes lies with the reporting of these crimes – millions of incidents take place every year that go unreported and undocumented as a result of fear and intimidation by the abusing partner or other family members. Read more “False Domestic Violence Allegations in Child Custody Cases”
Divorce Lawyer in Santa Barbara Discusses Use of Premarital Agreements
The age we live in today is in stark contrast to the one our parents grew up in, and one of the biggest changes in American society in the last few decades has been scene in the institution of marriage. Less and less people are getting married, marriages aren’t lasting as long, and the Country’s divorce rate has skyrocketed. In this age of divorce, a formerly obscure legal document, the premarital (prenuptial) agreement, has come into almost standard use. Read more “Should I Get a Premarital Agreement?”
Santa Barbara Divorce Attorney Explains Property & Finances During a Divorce
When it comes to divorce, California is a “no fault” state. Unlike other states, this means that an individual may file for divorce from their spouse without having to prove there was any wrongdoing. Divorce legally ends a marriage, unlike separation. A judge is required to review and approve all divorce settlements and child custody. If spouses cannot agree on a settlement, the judge has the power to decide how property and parenting will be divided. Obviously it is much better to use a Santa Barbara divorce attorney so that an agreement of sorts may be reached instead of leaving it up to a judge. Read more “Finances During Divorce”
California is a “no-fault” divorce state, which by far the most common divorce filing. For the no-fault divorce no specific reason is required to be given other than “irreconcilable differences.” However, other divorce actions can still based on fault. Even the states that recognize the “no-fault” divorce will consider fault when deciding other issues, i.e., property division and spousal support requests. Misconduct like spousal abuse or infidelity can often result in larger property awards and larger spousal support to the abused spouse. Read more “Divorce / Marital Dissolution”
Child support is defined as the amount of money that a court orders a parent, or both parents, to pay every month in support of a child’s living expenses. In general, the custodial parent (parent who cares for the child the majority of the time) will receive the child support payments. This means that the parent who has been awarded a greater share of custody will generally be the parent receiving the support payments. Child support payments will typically continue until the child turns 18, but may continue until the child turns 19 if the child continues to live at home and is still in high school. The period can be voluntarily extended if both parents agree or the court decides that the child requires support longer, in most cases as a result of disability. In more rare circumstances, marriage, self-support or emancipation could end support payments prior to the child turning 18. Read more “Child Support in California”
Santa Barbara Family Law Lawyer Helps With All Legal Aspects Getting Divorced in California
Divorce is the legal end to a marriage as ordered by a court. In the state of California, there are three ways to end a marriage: divorce, legal separation and annulment. Divorce is the most common tool used to end a marriage, and either spouse can decide to file a petition for divorce. It is not necessary for both parties to agree in divorce, and an unwilling spouse cannot stop the process by refusing participation. The unwilling spouse may be able to delay proceedings, but the petitioning spouse will be able to get a “default” judgement if the other spouse refuses to participate. The filing spouse is known as the petitioner and the other is known as the respondent. Read more “California Divorce”
Parents have a fundamental right to parent their children. When parents willingly chose to not provide or are incapable of providing proper and effective parental care and control such as providing basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter, a juvenile dependency case may open up. This will also pertain to if parents are abusive or neglectful. Read more “Juvenile Dependency”
Divorce is the legal ending of a marriage. Every state has different requirements in terms of how to complete a divorce but all require a judge to review and approve the divorce settlement or if the spouses can’t agree to a settlement, decide how to properly divide the property. Divorce can be a very emotional and stressful time in one’s life.
Read more “What Am I Entitled To In A Divorce?”