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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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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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Child Custody: What Should a Parent Expect?

Child Custody Law Roseville

Custody battles, especially for primary custody, can be one of the most challenging and embittering parts of a divorce or separation. There are so many misconceptions that it can be tricky to get the facts straight – and sometimes those facts can change between states, as well. This is why if you are pursuing primary custody of your child, it is important to retain a lawyer specializing in family law and/or custody. We can tell you from vast experience that few family law issues are as vital to a family unit as child custody concerns; ultimately, a custody outcome determines the...

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A New Normal in the Age of COVID 19

Family Law Teleconference

There are no two ways about it: The world is a scary place right now, what with the continuation of the sweeping Coronavirus pandemic and global violence that has broken out for a variety of socioeconomic and political reasons. We’re not here to throw more gasoline on that fire of fear – plenty of outlets and organizations have accomplished that already; rather, we are going to shine a light of hope and salvation in these uncertain times with regard to our specialty, family law, and inform our valued client base that we are still here for them via teleconferencing. McKean Family...

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Could Affect Your Child Support

Child Support and Covid 19

The global pandemic known as Coronavirus (or COVID 19) has wreaked havoc not only on the medical elements of society, but on millions of working people who have either lost their employment or their own businesses. While many people aren’t really thinking about it, this worldwide emergency has begun to affect every corner of law, as well, including family law matters such as child support. At the heart of all this is what we touched on above – the challenges faced by those who have lost employment or a significant reduction of income. If you are currently paying support and your...

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Finding the Best Family Law Attorney in Roseville

Family Law Sacramento

Deciding on a family law attorney is no easy task, but there are a number of attorneys in California who are capable of representing you properly – the key is doing your homework in the form of asking the right questions before you hire anyone. In the case of a divorce lawyer, choosing the right divorce attorney is the first crucial step of the divorce process (and the same tactic applies to finding a quality child custody lawyer). Methods When it comes to seeking out the most effective practitioners of family law Roseville has to offer, there are three fundamental ways to...

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What to Do When Your Partner Stops Paying Child Support

Child Support Issues

In the world of relationships, nothing is worse – outside of perhaps learning that your partner has been engaging in extramarital affairs – than a spouse refusing to pay child support. It’s a stress and headache no one needs, especially in this day and age of added life complexities, but if it happens you have to know how to deal with it. That’s where our blog you’re about to read comes into play. It is our experience that the majority of parents want to support their children, both financially and emotionally, whether they are married to one another or not. When certain...

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The Ins-and-Outs of Legal Separation in California

Legal Separation in California

Unbeknownst to a significant number of residents living in the Golden State, filing for legal separation is similar to the divorce process, the primary difference being that the parties’ marital status does not end upon division of marital assets and debts. Put succinctly, the “legal separation” process in California allows couples to lead separate lives, though the marital status isn’t eradicated; the petitioner must file a petition for legal separation, and the respondent must file a response – or the matter proceeds by default. What’s more, both parties must exchange disclosures, which are considered mandatory, and the same process applies...

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