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Unmarried Parents in CA

Divorce and custody go together about as often as peanut butter and jelly. Hence, it’s easy to see why parental rights and marital rights sometimes get mixed up.  But—just like you don’t have to pair peanut butter with jelly—you also don’t have to be married to be a parent. Which is why parental rights are kept completely separate from the …

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What is Parentage by Estoppel in California?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the term parentage by estoppel – but what does it mean in California, and how does it affect your child custody case? What is Parentage by Estoppel in California? Paternity is often assumed in California. That means the courts assume that the person involved in the child’s life is his or her father. …

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LGBTQ Divorce: 5 Things You Need to Know

If you’re like many people, there’s a lot you don’t know about LGBTQ divorce. Is it the same as every other divorce, or are there nuances that make it different (or that would make your case harder)? These are five things you need to know about LGBTQ divorce – but if you have more questions, or if you need to …

Parental Rights for Fathers in California

In the state of California, parental rights for fathers are incredibly important – and they’re equal to maternal rights. Under state law, fathers have just as much right to see, spend time with and bond with their children as mothers do, and the state (as well as the courts) recognize how important it is for both parents to be active …

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What is Parentage in California?

If you’re a mom or dad going through a divorce, you may have heard the term parentage – but what is parentage, and how does it apply to your child custody and child support issues? What is Parentage in California? Parentage is a legal term that the courts use to determine who is responsible for supporting a child. You don’t …

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California Child Support Law

California child support laws are designed to ensure that kids receive equal and adequate financial support from both parents – but how do they work, and how do the courts determine how much money each parent is supposed to contribute? California Child Support Laws: The Basics In the state of California, child support is the money a court orders one …

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How to get a Child Support Order

How to get a Child Support Order If you have a child with someone who is not your spouse or is a former spouse, getting child support can be a necessity in order to ensure the continued health, welfare and wellbeing of both yourself and your child.  If you live in California that process can be accomplished by requesting an …