California Divorce

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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”

Juvenile Dependency

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”

What Am I Entitled To In A Divorce?

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.

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Modification of Orders

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Santa Barbara Family Law Attorney Explains Modification of Orders

Court orders for child custody, child support, child visitation rights, spousal alimony, and other orders are made based on the facts and situations at the time of trial. But life moves on after divorce and people make drastic life changes that should be reflected in the court orders. When circumstances change, it’s important to seek advice from an experienced Santa Barbara family law attorney to determine if you have the legal right to seek modification of a family law order.

Modifications of orders may include:

  • The amount of child support paid or received
  • The amount of alimony paid or received
  • Primary custody
  • Visitation rights

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TOP 10 CELEBRITY DIVORCES

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Divorce Attorney in Santa Barbara Discusses Top 10 Celebrity Divorces

Marriage is a part of life that many of us grow up dreaming about, and finding that special someone to spend the rest of your life and raise a family with can be incredibly rewarding. Unfortunately, almost 50% of marriages today end in divorce, and for certain segments of the population, the percentage can be even higher.

I know it’s hard to believe that any one group of people could have a divorce rate higher than 50%, but celebrities and individuals who have accumulated vast amounts of wealth experience an even higher divorce rate than the rest of us! This phenomenon has many underlying drivers, but the main cause of celebrity divorce, like most divorces, is adultery. The difference between celebrity divorces and those that one of us regular folks would experience, however, is the money involved!

With all that money involved, the prenuptial agreement becomes incredibly important. As you will see below, the difference between having a prenup and not having one could be $100,000,000! Read more “TOP 10 CELEBRITY DIVORCES”

Modification of Child Support Orders

Child support is a legal obligation for one parent to the child, however, there may be instances where one parent cannot or does not want to continue to pay the support. There are many reasons why a child support order might be in need of a change such as the the parent’s income changing, one parent losing his or her job, one parent being incarcerated, one parent had another child in another relationship or things of that sort. Read more “Modification of Child Support Orders”

California Adoptions

Adoption is the legal process of establishing a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not the child’s biological or birth parent. The state of California has the most adoption cases each year. There are a couple of different types of adoption but all of them mean that once the adoption is final, the adoptive parents have all the legal rights and responsibilities of the child. Read more “California Adoptions”

Domestic Violence & Child Custody

Domestic abuse, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional can have severe scars on victims and unfortunately, it’s very common for a victim to not reach out for the help and support they need.

Domestic violence in California is defined as: intentionally or recklessly causing or trying to cause bodily injury, sexual assault, making other people free reasonably afraid that they or someone else are in danger and any other behavior that could cause a court to issue a domestic protective order, including harassment, unwanted telephone calls, stalking, threats and physical assault. Read more “Domestic Violence & Child Custody”