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Child custody is a complex area of family law. While the court considers the needs of the child above all else, there are many factors that affect the child’s needs and best interests. If you plan on relocating with your minor child when you and the other parent are not together, it is important to familiarize yourself with California child relocation laws. You may also want to discuss your situation with our San Jose family law firm. California’s Custody Relocation Statute California child relocation laws are covered under California Family Code Section 7501. This short statute is straightforward but is … Read More

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There are a couple of different ways to end your marriage or domestic partnership in California. The two most common ways are divorce and legal separation. However, you may not know the differences between them. Our San Jose divorce lawyer explains the difference between divorce and legal separation in California. If you have additional questions about divorce, please contact us. What Is a Legal Separation in California? A legal separation may be the best option for you if you cannot or do not want to end your marriage or partnership. Generally, a legal separation is a court order that describes … Read More

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In the past, spouses who wished to divorce in California needed to prove fault to receive a divorce. Some of the California grounds for divorce included adultery, abandonment and substance abuse. Fortunately, times have changed. Divorcing couples no longer have to prove fault to get divorced. If you are considering a divorce in California, it is important to know the grounds for divorce. California grounds for divorce are straightforward. You can get a divorce on the grounds that the marriage is irrevocably broken. Simply wishing to divorce is enough. Is California a No-Fault Divorce State? California is a no-fault divorce … Read More

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Divorce proceedings are always difficult, particularly when it comes to finances. Will one spouse get spousal support in California? How much spousal support should be awarded? And how is that determination made? Below, we discuss five factors a judge considers when granting spousal support in divorce proceedings. Keep in mind that the court looks at many factors when determining spousal support. Our San Jose divorce attorney can help you understand California spousal support laws. Reason #1: Existing Needs and Standard of Living During the financial part of divorce proceedings, the court will look at many factors. These factors include the … Read More

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Going through a divorce and subsequent child custody battle is difficult enough. Long distance co-parenting can feel even harder. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few tips to help you navigate long distance co-parenting with relative ease: Tip: Create a Detailed Schedule The first step you can take toward organized, long distance co-parenting is to create a detailed schedule. Understand that you might not always be able to attend your child’s soccer game or piano recital, but you will be able to share the important moments. Initially, you will want to create a solid schedule … Read More

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You may want to file a restraining order if you are the victim of physical, verbal or mental abuse. There are different types of California restraining orders. Your options for filing a California restraining order can depend on your relationship with the abuser. If the abuser is your spouse, significant other or a close family member, filing a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) may be your best option. A California restraining order could help you in many ways. A restraining order could include the following orders: Stay-Away Orders The court can order your abuser to keep a certain distance. This … Read More

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Under the California Family Code, California outlines child support guidelines for court-ordered child support. The amount of child support is based on a complex mathematic formula that takes into account both parents’ net disposable income after a variety of deductions. In addition, the calculation also takes into account the amount of time each parent spends with his or her child. The California Department of Child Support Services offers an online calculator to estimate the amount of child support that could be ordered in a person’s case. Their online calculator is based on California’s child support guidelines. Are There Exceptions to … Read More

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California pet parents rejoice! Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2274 (AB 2274), which will amend California’s Family Code in concern to how family pets are treated in court during a divorce or separation. Currently, when a couple legally divorces or separates, our furry friends are not given too much consideration. They are treated as community property meant to be divided equally, but pet parents everywhere know that their pets are not the same as their coin collection or dining room table. Usually, whoever is on their pets’ adoption certificates or sales receipts is granted ownership. However, under AB 2274, pets … Read More

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If this is your first Thanksgiving since your divorce, you are probably wondering how to create a fair parenting plan. Your children may want to spend time with both sides of the family. Given that this is the beginning of the holiday season, you could make sure that you are creating a plan that is fair and takes the best interest of the children into consideration. Common Ways that Families Divide and Share Parenting Time Alternate holidays on odd and even years. For example, one parent might have the children for Thanksgiving on odd years and Christmas on even years, … Read More

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When determining visitation in California, there are countless factors and circumstances that need to be considered. Visitation, which is different than custody, can be contentious. It is agreed upon and outlined how each parent will spend time with the children. Depending on the circumstances, the courts will first consider what is in the best interests of the child or children, and often, the child’s preferences. Ironing out the details and wishes of the those involved should be considered. These are not limited to: The child’s age The gender of the parents Siblings and ages How the child handles decision making … Read More

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