Child Support in California

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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”

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”

Child Support

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”

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 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”