The legal definition of “Parental Rights” is far more complicated than meets the eye. Being a biological parent does not necessarily equate to an automatic entitlement to “parental rights”. A guardian who is not technically the biological parent of a particular child may actually have parental rights despite common assertions to the contrary.  If you…

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The sad truth is that the Legislative intent that underlies today’s child support laws is often manipulated as a practical matter by parents who wish to lower their monthly payments. This unintended and unfortunate incentive muddles the waters when attempting to work out an arrangement with a co-parent that is in the best interest of…

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At what age does a child have the capacity to have a say in determining their custody arrangement? Many individuals may feel that children cannot meaningfully consider their best interests until they reach their teenage years. Others may feel that their children are entitled to an opinion about which parent they spend the majority of…

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Do you consider yourself to be “separated” from your spouse even though you are living under the same roof? This question likely strikes you as pretty subjective. After all, like minds may differ. However, understanding what it means to be legally “separated” from your spouse is of the utmost importance when going through the divorce…

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An order by a judge governing child support is not written in stone. Should circumstances change, such as one parent’s financial circumstances or the length of time that a child regularly spends with one parent, you are entitled t request that the Court re-evaluate the present child support order to factor in this change in…

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Most of us are well aware of how important it is to have insurance coverage. Whether it be life, car, home, or health insurance, it is common practice to exercise caution and ensure that both ourselves and our families have adequate coverage should misfortune strike.  In the event of something as common as a minor car…

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If you are considering divorce, adoption, or any other family law case, you might feel intimidated if you are not familiar with California family law and the court process within the California judicial system. First, there are two types of cases heard in court: one is “criminal”, and the other is called “civil”. According to…

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A person doesn’t normally expect to find themselves in a legal battle. But, many people land in one, whether it’s their choice or the choice was made for them. The most common reason is divorce, and all that is tied to it, such as child custody, child support, alimony, and at times, restraining orders. Regardless…

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 Why You Should Never Be In Juvenile Dependency Court Without A Lawyer Juvenile dependency cases are very serious business, and by the time these cases get to court, there are already serious concerns about the environment in which the children have been raised. Oceanside juvenile dependency lawyers Fischer & Van Thiel caution that attempting to…

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