Maples Family Law Remains Operational During COVID-19

The Superior Court for San Joaquin county has released guidelines to help parents navigate custody procedures during the COVID-19 crisis. You can view their release below. Superior Court of San Joaquin county – Child support & custody information For more information on dealing with custody and support issues during this time, please feel free to contact our office at (209) …

Maples Family Law Q&A

Have Questions about Divorce? Dr. Tom gives a live Q and A session answering your questions on divorce, custody, and its effect on your and your children’s emotional health.

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Senate Bill 30 in California: New Law on Domestic Partnerships

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 30 last summer to balance out the law on domestic partnerships – and will soon apply to both same-sex and heterosexual couples. Here’s what you need to know. Senate Bill 30 in California: New Law on Domestic Partnerships Before Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 30 into law, domestic partnerships were only available to same-sex …

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Halloween During Divorce: How to Help Your Kids

If you’re like most parents, the only thing you want for your kids is their happiness – and when the holidays start to roll around, you worry a little bit (or a lot) more. The holiday season is right around the corner, and if you’re going through a divorce, or if you’ve just received your divorce decree and this is …

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What is a Motion to Modify Custody?

If your child custody arrangement isn’t working out – or if it’s no longer in your children’s best interest – you may be able to file a motion to modify custody. But what is a motion to modify custody, and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know. What is a Motion to Modify Custody? A motion to …

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California Legal Separation Basics

In California, legal separation is a process that allows you and your spouse to live separately but still technically remain married. There are many reasons people choose legal separation over divorce – most of them very personal – and it can be the right solution in many cases. California Legal Separation The process of a legal separation in California is …

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Pets and Divorce: Animal Custody Rights in California

Pets and divorce has always been a touchy subject – what are animal custody rights, and who has them? Now, thanks to a new law that kicked off on January 1, 2019, pet parents can rejoice: Pets don’t have to be treated like property in a divorce settlement any longer. Pets and Divorce: Animal Custody Rights in California The new …

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How to Find the Best LGBT Divorce Lawyer for Your Needs

When you’re looking for the best LGBT divorce lawyer to handle your case, you need to know where to start and what to ask. This guide will put you on the right track. How to Find the Best LGBT Divorce Lawyer for Your Needs Every divorce is different – what worked (or didn’t work) with your friends, family members and …

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California Alimony Laws and Infidelity

The sad truth is that people cheat – and that cheating often leads to divorce. But how do California alimony laws treat infidelity? Here’s what you need to know. California Alimony Laws and Infidelity Divorce after infidelity is incredibly painful. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you know exactly what we’re talking about. First things first: We’re very …

Legal Custody in California – The What and How

The first section of this article will assist the reader in understanding the legal terminology that is utilized in California Family Courts. The second section will discuss: (1) the types of custody orders that exist, (2) the types of visitation orders that exist, (3) the laws relating to custody and visitation orders, and (4) how to obtain a custody or …