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Domestic Abuse Against Men: It Happens More Often Than You Would Think

Domestic Abuse Against Men

With the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial all the rage on the networks and in the media these days, we thought it was as good a time as any to focus on domestic abuse against men – a phenomenon that happens more often than people think. Domestic abuse against men isn’t always easy to identify, to be sure, but regardless, it can be just as serious a threat as the more common violence towards women. Domestic violence – sometimes referred to as “intimate partner violence” – takes place between people who are (or who have been) involved in a close relationship,...

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Alimony and Palimony: What’s the Difference?

Alimony and Palimony

Just about everyone has heard the term “alimony,” but “palimony” isn’t quite as well-known to the general public. While the terms sound similar, there is very little about them that are the same. Alimony, in California referred to as "spousal support" by the court, refers to a court-ordered payment that one spouse pays another spouse as part of a divorce settlement, while palimony is support that is paid to a cohabitating, but never-married partner at the end of a relationship. McKean Fun Fact: Palimony is not recognized in California under the family code. If you want support from a non-marital partner in California, a...

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What You Need to Know About Child Support Laws in California – and the Responsibilities

Child Support in California

Child support can be best defined as the ongoing contribution of money to help pay for the living and medical expenses of a child, or children, until they reach adulthood. The amount that must be paid is known as the child support order, and under federal law, both parents share a legal duty to provide financial support for their children. Of course, the overall goal in these kinds of domestic situations is to let children share in the standard of living both parents engage in, and as such the court may order either or both parents to pay support.  When it...

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What You Need to Know When Divorce is Not Amicable

Divorce Law

Make no mistake – every divorce causes some kind of pain, namely in the emotional realm, and so-called “amicable” types aren't immune from this. However, an amicable approach is more civil in nature, and as such involves negotiating instead of litigating; this, of course, brings with it some upsides such as fewer court visits, less trauma on children, reduced legal costs and quicker resolution of the separation. In collaborative separations, both spouses retain lawyers, but the attorneys work as negotiators for the two of them, with the negotiations handled outside of the court. When non-amicable cases go to court, the judge...

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Domestic Violence and How it Affects Child Visitation Rights in California

Domestic Violence and Child Custody

Domestic abuse can assume any number of forms, from physical, mental and emotional to economic (where one partner controls all the finances). But irrespective of the form domestic abuse takes, it always leaves scars on the victims – and can even affect the way courts make decisions concerning child custody. In this McKean Family Law article, we will briefly explain what domestic violence is and how it affects child custody in the Golden State. If you have any questions following your reading of the article, we recommend you consult with one of the law experts at our office. Quick Overview In California, violence...

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Determining Paternity in California

Determining Paternity

What does a fatherhood test actually determine in the state of California…and what happens when an individual is determined to be considered a child’s father? Establishing paternity in California means that the court will determine who the legal and biological father of a child is.  This can be accomplished by either the parents or the courts; the child’s legal father is responsible for supporting his child, and in so doing, has the right to demand the child remain in his life.  Visitation and custody come into play once paternal parentage has been legally established. Of course, some obvious reasons for establishing paternal...

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Tips for Parents During Shared Custody: Knowing What’s Best for the Children

Child Custody

Co-parenting after a divorce is one of the hardest things us adults go through in life, but McKean Family Law is here to tell you that with some solid shared custody advice, you can give your children the stability, security and close relationships – with both parents – that they need. Co-parenting (that is, both parents playing an active role in their children’s daily lives) is the best way to ensure that all your kids’ needs are met while enabling them to retain close relationships with both you and your ex-spouse – unless your family has faced serious issues such as...

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Who Gets What? A Spousal Support Guide from McKean Family Law

Alimony

Before even filing for divorce, it is very important to know your obligations or rights regarding spousal support. Learning why support is offered, how long it will be paid and exactly how much will need to be provided will help you better prepare for what to expect. In this article, we’re going to break down the essentials when it comes to figuring out who gets what as it pertains to divorce in California. What is It? Also known as alimony, spouse support is the term used to describe payments from one spouse to another after a divorce has been filed. It is typically...

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Everything There is to Know About Divorce Law Basics

Divorce Law Basics

The legal termination of marriage is referred to by different names, with “divorce” and “dissolution of marriage” being the two that are most recognizable. Couples seeking a divorce must obtain one through a court judgement, after which they will be awarded a judicial decree that renders the marriage dissolved. Following the legal finalization of a divorce, both parties are free to remarry, pending time restrictions in some jurisdictions – and this varies. Various issues may be addressed via divorce orders depending on the specific circumstances of the parties involved in the divorce, such as children for whom provisions must be made...

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Family Law Attorney 101: What You Need to Know About Child Custody in California

Child Custody Attorney Roseville

In this post, we’re going to help you understand some legal ramifications when dealing with the sharing of parenting responsibilities. Often times, you will hear the phrases “custody” and “visitation” used in separation and divorce cases, but there are a couple of distinctions we must make here: “Child custody” refers to the rights and responsibilities between parents for taking care of their children, while “visitation” refers to the way in which each parent will spend time with the children. In the Golden State, either parent can have custody of the children or the parents can share custody, with a judge making...

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