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Domestic Violence: More than Physical Abuse

Coercive Control is Domestic Violence Many people do not understand that domestic violence is more than just physical violence. It can involve many other behaviors including verbal abuse and emotional abuse. Verbal and emotional abuse can include harassment, stalking, destroying a partner's personal property, keeping a partner under surveillance, making threats, and blocking movements. California's legislature has also defined domestic violence under Family Law as disturbing the peace. It can be quite easy to find oneself "disturbing the peace" of another, so it is best to be aware of what disturbing the peace is and how it now applies to domestic violence. Disturbing the...

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Second Parent Adoption California

Is There a Difference Between Second Parent Adoption and Stepparent Adoption? Stepparent Adoption Basics If a biological parent has a child from a previous relationship, there are situations where the stepparent can legally adopt their spouse's child. The stepparent adoption process creates a new parent child relationship between the child and their stepparent. For the stepparent adoptions to take place, the non-custodial birth parent must consent to the step parent adoption first. If the child's birth parent does not consent, the stepparent must file to terminate the parental rights of the other parent through a separate legal process. If the court grants the...

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How Fast Can You Get a Divorce In California

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Timeline For a Fast and Easy Divorce in California If you plan on having an uncontested divorce, the timeline for the divorce process can be lengthy, but there are things that can help you save time during the process. To get a divorce in California, you or your spouse must first meet residency requirements. That requires that you or they lived in the state for at least six months before filing a petition. Once a person has lived in the state for six months or more, they are considered a California resident. If neither you nor your spouse meets residency requirements, you can...

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Best Roseville Child Support Lawyers

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Roseville Firm Represents Parents Involved in Child Support Cases If children do not live full-time in a parent's home, a child support order may be issued by the court if there are child custody arrangements. If you need assistance in establishing support or requesting a modification, the skilled attorneys in our Roseville office represent parents in Sacramento and Placer Counties. We can answer your questions about support or other family law issues. What Information is Considered? The court uses a calculator to establish child support guidelines for each case. This calculator uses a child support formula established by the California Legislature. The court considers the...

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What Happens to an Adopted Child During a Divorce?

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Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Adoptive Parents The Court uses many terms to describe a diverse range of parents. You might hear the Court refer to individuals as a child's birth parents or biological parents or for parents who have adopted children as the adoptive parents. If you have adopted children, you may be concerned about what happens when adoptive parents separate and if the divorce process could have any impact on your ability to care for your children. When parents adopt a child and become the child's legal parent, certain rights and obligations are created. The adoptive parents have the same...

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How Long Does It Take To Get a Divorce?

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in California? A Judgment of Dissolution often called a divorce decree, is required in most states to end a marriage or a registered domestic partnership. In California, marriages and domestic partnerships are treated the same in the court system, so any mention of divorce in this article will apply to both. The divorce process starts with filing a divorce petition in family court. The filing spouse is the Petitioner, and the one who must answer the divorce proceedings is the Respondent. What Do I Need To Prove To End My Marriage? California law makes all...

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Is Spouse Income Considered in Child Support in California?

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Many people ask if the income of a new spouse of a party receiving or paying child support is factored into the child support calculation. The answer for either the payor or the payee is no, for the most part. While there are many factors used in calculating child support, a new spouse's income is not one of them. A new spouse is not obligated to support a child from a prior marriage or relationship. Child support is intended to ensure that the child's basic needs are being met in both parents' households. The responsibility of making sure the child's basic...

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How is Alimony Determined in California?

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Alimony, or more accurately called spousal support in California, is divided into two categories: temporary support and permanent support. A spousal support award is intended to ensure that the lower earning spouse is able to support themselves both during and after the divorce. There are two types of spousal support: "temporary" and "permanent" spousal support. Both temporary and permanent spousal support awards are decided by a Judge if the spouses cannot agree on how much spousal support should be paid by the supported party contributed. Most counties in California use an alimony calculator to determine temporary alimony, but the Judge has...

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Responding to Divorce Summons in California

Responding to Divorce Summons in California

If you have been served with divorce papers, it is vital that you know your rights, respond promptly, and understand both the deadlines and limitations that go into effect against you as soon as you are served. Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders When you are served with divorce paperwork, it is highly important that you understand the temporary restraining orders that immediately go into effect. Yes, there are restraining orders that are put in place during all divorce filings, and as soon as you are served, you are bound by them. While they might not be the type of restraining orders you are...

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What do I do if my Spouse refuses to sign Divorce Papers?

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What do I do if my spouse refuses to sign divorce papers? Filing for a divorce from your spouse can be time consuming, complicated, and emotionally draining. It is hard enough to make the decision to file for divorce and move forward, let alone navigate the Court's processes and procedures to progress your case, especially if one spouse refuses to participate in the divorce process. The good news is that the Court has established a set of procedures that allows a party to move a divorce forward, even if the other spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers. It is important...

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