California Family Law: The Termination of Parental Rights

If parents fail to take their responsibilities seriously or put their children in harm’s way, they may be subject to an action to terminate their parental rights. This means that the adult will no longer have a say in how the child is raised, and all of the rights and obligations associated with being a parent will be terminated. Termination is permanent unless that parent meets very stringent standards under Read More

How is Spousal Support Determined in California?

Alimony, or spousal support, is used to help one spouse with a sudden loss of income after a divorce. In many relationships, one spouse will generate more income than the other, and the couple relies on the total revenue between the spouses to maintain their household. When income is suddenly removed, that can result in serious lifestyle changes for one or both spouses. Spousal support is usually a periodic Read More

4 Situations that Warrant a Spousal Support Modification

The parties in a divorce or the court set out how much spousal support will be based on the circumstances at the time they make that decision. However, things do change, and those changes may warrant a modification of spousal support. To obtain a spousal support modification, the party requesting the change must show that there has been a “material change in circumstances.” When one party requests a change, the Read More

How California Enforces Child Support Orders

Child support is a vital part of raising a child for many parents. After all, it helps a custodial parent deal with the everyday costs associated with caring for a child. Unfortunately, some parents choose to deliberately deprive their child of child support for a variety of reasons, including spite, laziness, a simple lack of caring, or a multitude of other reasons. Thankfully, California offers ways for parents to Read More

“Divorce Is Always a Battle” and Other Misconceptions About Divorce

When you go through a divorce, everyone seems to have an opinion about your relationship or how you should handle the split. The truth is that every divorce process is slightly different and certain strategies work better for some than others. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about divorce, and knowing these fallacies can help you effectively navigate the process for yourself. Getting Divorced is Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to Stepparent Adoption in California

Adoption is a wonderful time in both the child’s and stepparent’s lives. Stepparents may want to adopt a child for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it shows the child that a stepparent will be there for him or her is something happens to their natural parent. It also serves practical purposes as well. Stepparent adoption allows the stepparent to have all of the legal rights and responsibilities of the Read More

6 Red Flags That Your Spouse is Concealing Assets to Receive a Better Settlement

Property division in a divorce is based on a fair and equitable separation of assets. The court considers all of the property that the couple owned together as well as any debts from the marriage. However, the court’s opinion will be skewed if it does not have a full picture of all of the assets of each spouse. Some spouses, unfortunately, attempt to hide assets as a means to get more out of the divorce. The practice Read More

To Grandmother’s House We Go: A Brief Guide to Grandparents’ Rights in California

Divorces and custody agreements can be difficult for any family. However, grandparents are often overlooked when designing visitation or custody arrangements. This is unfortunate because many grandparents still want to be involved in their grandchild’s life after a divorce or situation that changes custody. General Grandparent Visitation Rights Parents can always determine that grandparents can visit their Read More

Considering Divorce? Ask Yourself These 4 Important Questions Before You Make a Decision

Divorce is rarely easy. It involves significant emotional stress, financial uncertainty, and deep concern for your children and your future. For many, there comes a time when you realize that the relationship is not working and both spouses would be happier on their own. This is a difficult and heart-wrenching realization in many situations. However, the divorce process itself can be easier if you are mentally and Read More

California Family Law: Understanding the Powers of the California DCSS

California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is a state-run program that helps children and families receive the court-ordered support that they are entitled to receive, including both financial and medical support. A network of 51 counties and regional child support agencies provide services to roughly 1.4 million children and families regarding child support. In fact, the DCSS touches virtually every Read More