Practice Areas

Family Law

Few things are more emotionally difficult than going to family court. While a typical lawsuit, such as over damage from a car accident, is stressful, the consequences are almost purely financial. In a family conflict, there can be a sense of betrayal by someone you thought you would spend your life with, disputes over who [..]

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Divorce

In California, divorce is one of three ways to end a marriage (the others are legal separation and annulment). Either spouse can choose to file a divorce, and the other spouse cannot prevent a divorce. While the spouse filing for the divorce doesn’t have to prove that the other spouse did anything wrong to receive [..]

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Child Custody

In California, child custody is determined under a best interests of the child standard. The court has broad discretion to interpret this standard taking into account the relationship each parent had with the child before the divorce, each parent’s parenting skills, what will provide the child continuity and stability, any special health or safety concerns, [..]

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Child Support

In California, child support generally follows a mathematical formula with the costs of raising the child shared proportionally between the parents based on their incomes. Adjustments are made for the amount of time each parent spends with the child, who pays for the child’s health insurance premiums, and any other spousal or child support obligations [..]

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Paternity

Paternity is the legal process of establishing a child’s father. It is mostly used when unmarried parents have a child. For married parents, it is presumed that the husband is the father, although paternity can be disputed. Parentage must be established before certain rights can be enforced. For mothers, it is required to collect child [..]

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Property Division

California considers virtually all property acquired by one spouse during a marriage to be community property. Unlike many other states, this can even include gifts and inheritances left to an individual spouse. In a divorce, community property is divided as nearly as equally as possible. The first step in a property division case is to [..]

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Mediation

Mediation is an increasingly popular alternative dispute resolution process where two parties work with a neutral mediator who helps facilitate negotiations. It can significantly cut legal costs when compared to contested hearings, and the parties are usually more satisfied with the outcome since they helped determine it and didn’t undergo the stress of a court [..]

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Premarital Agreements & Cohabitation Agreements

When you create a premarital or cohabitation agreement, you’re forced to have a thorough discussion about finances and handling money with your partner. Some of these discussions will be uncomfortable, and you will almost certainly find that you disagree about at least one important issue. That’s exactly what you want. Having these discussions now when [..]

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Domestic violence includes physical harm, sexual assault, threats, stalking, property destruction, and similar behaviors. There is never an excuse for it, and it is never OK. If you’ve been the victim of domestic violence, you are entitled to a domestic violence restraining order to keep you safe from further harm. To obtain a domestic violence [..]

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