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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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Is Spouse Income Considered in Child Support in California?

is spouse income considered in child support in california

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


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, spousal 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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