What Are My Financial Obligations to My Spouse?

California views marriage as a partnership, specifically as it relates to management and control of community assets; this partnership carries rights and obligations which are similar to those in a standard business partnership. So, what are your financial obligations to your spouse? Chief among these obligations is what is known as the “fiduciary duty”, which requires the highest degree of …

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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 …

Practical Parenting: Fatherhood Mishaps in Positive Discipline

via Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. The foundation of family values centers on the discipline we teach our children. However, discipline within itself is a difficult task for any parent to enact with their children. Lets face it, it’s hard enough to discipline ourselves, let alone try and force someone else into our value system. But this is the plight of …

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 …

Guardianship in California – What is it, and How do you Do it?

It is unfortunate, but sometimes biological parents are unable to care for their children. Naturally, many of these parents don’t want to put their child up for adoption but want their child to be cared for until they can get back on their feet; guardianship allows them to do this. A guardianship is a useful tool for allowing someone, who …

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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How Can I Get Full Custody of My Kids?

“How can I get full custody of my kids?” As Stockton family law attorneys, we hear that question frequently – but the answer isn’t as simple as it seems. How Can I Get Full Custody of My Kids? Courts in California generally recognize that kids benefit most from a good relationship with both parents, even when those parents don’t get …

How to reduce costs and conflict in a separation

Various Agreements that can be Made to Lower the Cost and Reduce the Conflict in Dissolution or Separation As discussed in our article “Legal Options for Ending Marriage in California: Summary Dissolution, Dissolution, and Separation” [Link to Article] there are three (3) methods of ending your relationship with your spouse: (1) Summary Dissolution, (2) Legal Dissolution, and (3) Legal Separation: …