Family Law Motions and Requests For Orders (RFO's) A motion or request for order is the formal process of requesting the court for a specific ruling, action or other decision. In family law proceedings, a party can request the court intervene on certain issues when an agreement cannot be reached. Motions can be filed for [...]
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Terminate Domestic Partnership Requirements to Terminate Domestic Partnership Through Divorce or Legal Separation If your domestic partnership was registered in California, there is no residency requirement to file a dissolution of domestic partnership in California. However, if your domestic partnership was registered in a state other than California, one partner must [...]
Child Custody and Visitation When a couple separates, or in the case of unmarried parents, the parties need to decide who will have “custody” of the children and how each parent will be involved in their children’s care. In order to understand how custody and visitation relate, you need to have an understanding of [...]
Child Support in California Child support in California is the amount of money that a court orders one parent to pay to the other parent every month to provide support for their child. California provides guidelines for the calculation of child support which takes into consideration the ratio of time each parent spends with [...]
Blended families are becoming more common throughout California. When two families come together or a new parent joins a family, the new parent may decide to adopt the children of the other parent to form a more cohesive family unit. Stepparent adoption is the legal process of a stepparent adopting their spouse's minor child. Becoming [...]
Dividing Property and Debt Determining Date of Separation California uses the date of separation as the essential date for determining property interests for the purpose of dividing property and debt during divorce. Property acquired by a spouse after the date of separation is considered to be that spouse’s separate property, [...]
What is a Legal Separation in California The reasons for obtaining a legal separation in California and the process to accomplish it are very similar to a dissolution proceeding. The process is basically the same for a legal separation as for a divorce. All issues surrounding the marriage are resolved as they would be in [...]
What is a Summary Dissolution? Summary dissolution of marriage in California is a proceeding through which some married couples may file a joint petition and obtain a divorce without a court hearing. Many couples that qualify to file a summary dissolution often choose not to use this process because of it disadvantages and new complexities. [...]
California Independent Adoption Quick Start My Adoption! In an independent adoption, the party or parties adopting the child usually have no direct biological ties to the child being adopted. In some situations, the birth parent(s) may personally meet and select the adoptive parent(s). In all cases where a child is available for independent [...]
What is a California Adult Adoption? An adoption creates a legal relationship between two parties that previously did not exist. It declares that the person being adopted is legally the “child” of the adoptive parent and becomes the adopting parent's legal heir. The person being adopted is entitled to all the rights and privileges [...]
What is a Stepparent Adoption? A stepparent adoption creates a legal relationship between a stepparent and stepchild that previously did not exist. It declares that the person being adopted (stepchild) is legally the child of the adoptive parent (stepfather or stepmother), and the child becomes the adopting parent's legal heir. The stepchild becomes entitled to [...]
How To Choose Legal Services When Representing Yourself Many Options for Legal Help Legal Services can come in many shapes and forms. If you have found yourself confused about how to choose legal services for your particular legal matter, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. These considerations will offer needed [...]
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Do I Need An Attorney For Estate Planning? Before you actually start to prepare your California estate planning documents, you need to learn about the different documents involved in good estate planning and how each document fits in with your overall estate goals. Keep in mind that creating your estate planning [...]
[youtube id="YhYBriR0zFo?" width="800" height="450" autoplay="no" api_params="" class="video-container"][/youtube] You Don't Need An Expensive Attorney To File For Bankruptcy Stephen Elias, a California bankruptcy attorney, prominent author and specialist in bankruptcy law, advocates non-attorney, cheap bankruptcy alternatives this way: "There is seldom a good reason to use an attorney in a consumer Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. The procedures are almost [...]
Which Business Entity is Right For You? When forming a new business in California, you need to first choose one among the different forms of California business entities available for your particular business. The most common forms of business are the sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and S corporation. In many situations, a sole [...]
California Family Law Matters The California Family Law court hears a variety of different types of proceedings. This includes matters involving terminating a marriage or domestic partnership, divorce, child custody and visitation matters, child support, spousal support, paternity and adoption in California. Any person can choose to represent themselves in their California family law [...]
In the past, publication of name change was typically required in California when seeking a formal change of name. California law was recently changed making publication no longer required when a person who lives in California seeks to have his or her name changed due to a change in their gender. In this particular instances, it [...]
The federal gift tax is a tax by the government that applies to either assets left by a decedent at their death or assets given by an individual during their lifetime. In essence, whether you give your assets away while you are still living, or give them away when you die, they are subject to a tax. Gift tax applies to lifetime gifts; estate tax applies to assets left at death. Read on to learn about the federal estate and gift tax and how it may affect your estate.
California court electronic filing services are becoming mainstream when filing documents with many courts. Although not all courts accept documents filed electronically, the California court electronic filing program is becoming more widespread and some counties, including San Diego and Orange County, have gone so far as to actually mandate the filing of documents via electronic filing. In addition to utilizing e-filing, many courts also accept documents filed by fax.