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 …

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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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 …

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Divorce 101: Rebuilding Life after Divorce

“How do I heal and begin to rebuild my life after divorce?” Divorce is quite possibly one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. Because of this, it is best not to take this decision lightly. Chances are, you spent much time dwelling on the choices you had to make to take this most courageous of steps. During the long process …

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Divorce: It’s More than Just a Legal Process

Marriage, separation, and divorce are more than a series of legal issues. Chances are, if you have found this website, you have been through an emotional roller coaster, have thought long and hard regarding the possible consequences your decision to divorce will have on those you love, and have ultimately made a choice that you feel is best for your …