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Is it important to establish paternity in California?

In years past, many children in California were born to parents who were married. However, in recent decades, that is not always the case. Children are often born to unmarried couples. This could present some legal complications. In these cases, paternity is not automatically established.

What is considered when grandparents seek visitation rights?

When people get divorce, their in-laws and the ex-spouse may not always be on the "same team" anymore. If grandparents have been denied access to their grandchildren, there are options for visitation rights. But, there are a few things grandparents in California should consider before seeking visitation.

Domestic violence under California law

All relationships have their ups and downs. People argue, people make up and people move on. However, when a rocky relationship becomes physically abusive, many people recognize that domestic violence is occurring. Under California law it is never alright for one partner to physically assault another. People should feel safe in their relationships even if and when they fight.

Determining spousal support in California

When a couple is married, they generally work to support each other. This support can come in different forms, from emotional to financial and everything in between. However, when a couple decides to divorce, this support system is suddenly gone. Instead of being able to rely on their partner, divorced spouses must handle things on their own. When it comes to finances, however, the courts will not allow one spouse to be completely abandoned by the other.

What property rights do unmarried couples have in California?

Readers of this Orange County family law blog may know that marriage gives legally joined partners certain rights the couple's community property. Generally speaking, between married people property may be classified as community property or separate property. While separate property is generally the property that people own before they marry, community property includes property acquired by either spouse during the marriage.

Legal help dealing with family legal issues in Orange County

While the concept of marriage or a domestic partnership in Orange County generally begins with the best of intentions as the couple plans to stay together, it's an unfortunate reality that family legal issues often arise and lead to a parting of the ways. This can be because of a dispute or a simple fact of growing apart with it falling anywhere in between. One of the most important factors in a divorce or decision to end a domestic partnership is to have a grasp on family law and how the property will be divided, where children - if any - will live, how child support will be allocated and many other issues.

What are my rights as a grandparent of a child in California?

As a grandparent of a child, you may have many questions about the rights you have to see your grandchild, especially when divorce occurs. Did you know that as a grandparent you still have rights to visitation with your grandchild, even if their family situation has changed? California law is fairly open to requests related to grandparent visitation. The California Family Code outlines all of the rights and regulations related to this topic.

Grandparents should push for visitation rights

Grandparents share a unique relationship with their grandchildren, which is unlike any other relationship they have. The bond between a grandchild and his or her grandparent is extremely special and deserves protection. When a couple separates and the children's time becomes divided, grandparents often have concerns that they may never see their grandchildren again.

An overview of adoption in California

Many residents of Orange County, California, may have often thought of adopting a child but were unaware of the various rules and regulations that govern the adoption process. California has clear guidelines on which an adoption in the state is based and finalized.

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