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 …

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – A More Peaceful Path to Dissolution

When people think of dissolution, they typically think of two attorneys battling head-to-head on behalf of their clients, and that is frequently the case. This, in turn, typically causes significant stress for the would-be ex-spouses. It is a frightening prospect to essentially have your entire life placed on trial in an effort to determine: (1) who should have custody over …

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What is Divorce Mediation?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard of divorce mediation—but what is it, and would it be the right choice for you and your spouse? What is Divorce Mediation? Divorce mediation is a way for you and your spouse to come together and decide the outcome of your divorce. It includes hiring a mediator—a neutral third party to your case—whose …

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How to Have a “Successful” Divorce

Whether you’re simply thinking about ending your marriage or you’re ready to take action and get in touch with a Stockton divorce lawyer, you probably have more than a few concerns about how the process will play out—and whether you and your spouse will be able to reach fair agreements without causing too much collateral damage. The fact is that …

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What is Collaborative Divorce in California?

There’s no question about it: Divorce is tough. However, a collaborative divorce can make things easier on you, your soon-to-be ex-spouse, and your children. What is Collaborative Divorce? The term collaborative divorce refers to the process of resolving your differences together rather than fighting things out in court. It involves negotiation (and sometimes mediation) so that both parties can walk …