Is a military divorce or dissolution of a domestic partnership bound by the same laws that apply to traditional divorce in the state of California? The short answer is: not really. There are specific rules and requirements that apply to each of these situations that are essential to an individual’s ability to properly protect their…

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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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