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California Divorce Laws on Property Division

What are California’s divorce laws on property division? If you’re headed for a split, here’s what you need to know. California Divorce Laws on Property Division If you’re going through a divorce in California, you have to decide how to divide your property and debts. It’s between you and your spouse to come up with a fair agreement… and if …

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: …

The different legal options for ending a marriage in California

Summary Dissolution, Dissolution, and Separation It is an unfortunate reality that many marriages end up in dissolution or separation, but it is a reality nonetheless. The California divorce process offers three options to couples who have determined that ending their legal relationship is in their best interests: (1) Summary Dissolution, (2) Dissolution, and (3) Legal Separation. Each of these options …

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What is a Legal Guardian Under California Law?

Many kids in California have legal guardians – people who are not their biological parents but are responsible for caring for them. Legal guardians are different from adoptive parents for a few reasons, but they have many of the same rights and responsibilities as adoptive parents do. What is a Legal Guardian Under California Law? A legal guardian is someone …

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Why You Should Try to Reach Agreements With Your Spouse

If you’re divorcing your spouse, your attorney will tell you that it’s best if you two can reach agreements about child custody and property division on your own, without going to court and forcing the judge to decide. But why is it better, and what happens if you just can’t agree with your soon-to-be ex-spouse? Why You Should Try to …