Family Law: For divorcing parents in Sacramento, issues of custody are front and center.
Child Custody in California: Best Interests of the Child
California courts award custody of children based on the “best interests of the child” standard.
California has a “joint custody” law that encourages judges to award joint “legal custody” to parents.
Domestic Violence Affects Child Custody in California
Getting Divorced: The Divorce Process
Getting divorced is challenging in many ways, not the least of which is trying to find your way around the legal process.
California Separation Agreement: First Step in Divorce for Sacramento residents
In California, a legal separation is not the same as a separation agreement and it is important for couples to understand the difference.
In California, a summary dissolution is a simple way to get a divorce, providing the possibility of avoiding a trial in court.
Divorce and Property Division for Sacramento County Residents
Whether you’re rich or poor, you and your spouse probably own a significant amount of property, and if you’re like most people, you have debts as well.
California Divorce: Dividing Property
Assets and debts spouses acquire during marriage belong equally to both of them
Child Support in California
In general, the primary factors the court will consider are how much each parent earns and how much time each parent spends with the children.
To calculate the minimum amount of child support to be paid by a parent, the law directs the judge to first add up the total net monthly incomes of both parents.
In California, child support is calculated with a very complex algebraic formula that takes into consideration the parents’ incomes, each parent’s time with the child, and any tax deductions that are available to either parent.
Establishing paternity is a critical step in collecting child support.
Alimony and Spousal Support in California
Alimony, spousal support, and maintenance are all words for the same thing: one spouse paying support to the other after a divorce. It’s designed to help a lower-earning spouse–or a spouse who’s been out of the workforce entirely while raising children or taking care of the household–to get through the divorce process and transition into being self-supporting.
Understanding and Calculating Alimony in California
A judge in California may award temporary—or “pendente lite”—support during divorce proceedings, as well as support after a divorce is final.
Spousal support is often awarded at an Order to Show Cause on a temporary basis, where one spouse is unemployed or earning significantly less than the other spouse.
California Spousal Support & The Mythical Ten Year Rule
California law says that where a marriage is “of long duration,” the court “retains jurisdiction” indefinitely after the divorce is completed, unless the spouses agree otherwise.
Are you wondering if your unfaithful spouse’s affair affect your divorce case? Adultery may be considered in a divorce case and awarding alimony.
Remarriage or cohabitation affects ongoing alimony obligations in California.
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