In the State of California if a married person decides to divorce their spouse they have the absolute right to terminate the marriage.
There are two areas of child custody, “legal custody” and “physical custody” which involves “visitation,” (a.k.a. “parenting time,” or “timeshare.”) Legal custody has to do with the right to make decisions regarding your children.
Child support is a monthly payment made by one parent to the other to help compensate a parent with custody, who makes less money and/or has more time with the children than the other parent.
If children are abused or neglected, Child Protective Services (CPS) may file a dependency case with the juvenile court.
In California, there are four basic kinds of adoptions through the Family Court. Step-parent Adoptions, Relative Adoptions, Independent Adoptions and Adult Adoptions.
There are times when it is necessary to get the court to appoint someone to look after the interests of a person over the age of 18 who has physical or mental disabilities which prevent them from being able to make day-to-day decisions and/or to handle their financial matters.
Many Wills, Trusts are simple and can be prepared with your input by our paralegals. We can meet with clients in our Chico or Napa offices, but many times work over the phone/internet to prepare the needed documents.
Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary for individuals to need the help of the court to protect them from physical or emotional harm or to protect assets or property.
We are able to help in a variety of non-family law areas. We work closely with attorneys who specialize in general Civil Law and litigation, Criminal Defense, DUI and Minor in Possession defense, Real Estate Law, Bankruptcy Law, Social Security and SSI acquisition, and more.