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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Let’s Talk About Spousal Support in Stockton, CA

When you’re divorcing your spouse, you have the right to ask for spousal support. While every case is different, and there’s no way to predict how a judge will rule in an individual case, chances are good that if you need spousal support, the state of California will award it to you. What is Spousal Support? Commonly called alimony, spousal …

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How to Serve Divorce Papers in California

When you initiate the divorce process, you’re supposed to let your spouse know—and you do that by service. California law says that you must give the other party formal notice that you’ve begun the legal process; the legal way to do that is by having him or her served with a copy of the same paperwork you filed with the …

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I Want a Divorce: Common Reasons Couples Split

“I want a divorce.” If you’re here, you’ve either said it or heard it very recently. And you’re not alone. Some of the most common reasons couples split up, whether they’re married or dating, may be affecting you—and it may make it easier on you to know that others have experienced something similar. In our practice as Stockton family law …

Divorce In California

Hi! I’m Anna Maples, attorney with the Family Advocacy Center.  Today, I want to talk about divorce in California. Before you can file for divorce in California, you have to live in California for at least six months and in your county for at least three months.  You also would need to know your date of marriage and date of separation. Before filing …