Parentage in California – The Law & Implications of Being a “Legal Parent”

When a party initiates a “paternity case”, which is synonymous with a “parentage case”, the Court is tasked with issuing an order determining the “legal parents” of a child. As we will discuss below, this is not always the biological parents of the child. A Court order stating that an individual is a “legal parent” of a child has far …

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Why Most Parents Get Joint Custody in California

Most parents get joint custody in California, which means they share the legal responsibilities of caring for their children. It also means that they share a fair amount of time with their kids. But why do most parents get joint custody in CA, and what, exactly, does that mean? Why Most Parents Get Joint Custody in California Shared parenting is …

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in a Child Custody Case

It is an unfortunate reality that dissolutions involving children from the marriage can be the messiest variation of the dissolution process; even messier than a high-conflict dissolution involving substantial assets. It is important to bear in mind that the custody determination is motivated by the child’s best interests. As such, it is your best interest to not only affirmatively demonstrate …

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What is Joint Custody?

Child custody in California can be a complicated matter that requires families to work with an attorney. However, if you and your spouse can agree on a child custody agreement, your whole divorce will be a lot easier. But what is joint custody, and how does it apply to you? What is Joint Custody? The term joint custody can refer …

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What is Parentage in California?

If you’re a mom or dad going through a divorce, you may have heard the term parentage – but what is parentage, and how does it apply to your child custody and child support issues? What is Parentage in California? Parentage is a legal term that the courts use to determine who is responsible for supporting a child. You don’t …

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7 Questions to Ask to Find the Best Child Custody Lawyer for Your Needs

If you’re like many parents who are going through divorce, you know you need a child custody lawyer who understands what you – and your children – are going through. Divorce is an emotional rollercoaster, and it can cause kids emotional trauma, so you want the whole process to go as smoothly as possible. But how do you know if …

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What is Full Custody?

If you’re like most parents going through a divorce, one of the most pressing issues you’re facing is child custody – and you’ve probably heard about legal and physical custody, joint custody and sole or full custody. But what is “full custody,” and what would it mean for you or your spouse if the court awarded it to one of …

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California Custody Laws

California custody laws are very clear when it comes to serving the best interests of the child, but in a child custody case, which parent is supposed to have more time with the child – and how are they supposed to figure it all out? The good news is that your Stockton divorce attorney can help you work out an …

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What is Co-Parenting?

When you’re a parent going through a divorce, your primary concern is your kids – their well-being, adjustment and ability to cope are what’s most important to you. One way to help your kids deal with divorce is to co-parent with your soon-to-be ex-spouse… but what, exactly, does that mean, and what does it require you each to do? What …

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How to Work Out a Parenting Time Agreement During Divorce

When you’re a parent going through a divorce, your main concern is your kids – and that’s exactly how it should be. If you’re like most parents, one of your primary goals is to keep your kids on an even keel, and that involves working out a parenting time agreement with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. But where do you even start? …