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When to Choose a Family Lawyer

Choosing a Family Lawyer

As legal professionals that specialize in – you guessed it – family law matters, family lawyers can handle legal issues that relate to divorce, child custody, child support and guardianship, amongst others. When family disagreements rear their ugly heads, family attorneys can act as mediators, and they can also represent litigants in family conflicts that end up in courts. In this article, we’ll cover the reasons why certain situations would best be served by a family-oriented law firm. Divorce First and foremost, family law professionals are most seasoned in dealing with divorce cases, being that he or she can act as 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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How Winter Creates Child Custody Issues

Even the best-crafted custody agreement does not take into consideration every single situation that could possibly arise. In these circumstances, you must often make a judgement call; case in point: Your child is running a high fever, making it not in his or her best interest that he or she return to you for your designated custodial time. With winter upon us, you may also find yourself required by your custody order to exchange your child in the midst of a snowstorm or, worse, a blizzard; again, you should use your best judgement in deciding whether to follow the custody agreement. Here...

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