What is a De Novo Hearing?
For those who believe they didn’t receive a fair hearing in family court or by a county child support commission, a request for a De Novo hearing may offer a second chance to present new evidence or information or to get the perspective of a different judge. A De Novo hearing is an important part of the appeals process. “De Novo” is the Latin term for “of new,” or like…Read More
What Evidence is Admissible During a California Family Law Case?
California’s Superior Court defines family court as “designed to resolve disagreements arising from divorce and legal separation, including provisions for the care of children.” In your family law case, you might be asking yourself what evidence types can help you resolve these disagreements. This blog will provide guidance on what evidence can and cannot be admitted in family court. The Evidence Code and Family Law The Evidence Code, enacted by…Read More
What is Contempt of Family Court in California?
If you are experiencing child custody, paternity, or guardianship issues, you may face the reality of being summoned to a case in family court. But what is family court? What happens if someone is found in contempt of family court? If you are attempting to bring a contempt case against a third party, a Los Angeles family law attorney can help you understand the steps you need to settle your…Read More
How to Make an Effective Parenting Plan
Making an effective parenting plan can be a challenge. Doing so takes time, patience, and the cooperation of your co-parent. It also requires basic research skills and legal knowledge. The following is a guide to building your California parenting plan but is by no means a substitute for the advice of an experienced child custody attorney. What is a Parenting Plan? A parenting plan in California is a custody and…Read More
6 Signs You’ve Hired a Bad Lawyer and How to Avoid Doing it in the Future
[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text] So, you have hired a lawyer for your case. You thought you made a good choice but lately, you have been feeling like something is wrong. Maybe they are hard to get in touch with or they don’t have any enthusiasm for your case. Or perhaps you have a personality clash with them or they seem overly disorganized. In the worst-case scenario, you have discovered that they have…Read More
Does California Allow Common Law Marriages?
[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” hover_enabled=”0″ sticky_enabled=”0″] When people think of marriage, they think of a ceremony, usually in a church, where the couple formally pronounces their vows in front of their families, friends, and a member of the clergy. At the very least, it involves a trip to the local courthouse to file papers and enter…Read More
How Do I Respond to a Petition and Summons?
If you have been served with a petition and summons, you must take action within a certain amount of time. Otherwise, your divorce will be considered uncontested and you may forfeit your rights in the divorce. It is always advisable you either respond in a timely manner or try to reach an agreement over the matters of the divorce with your spouse. If you have been served with divorce papers,…Read More
Can I Have a New Partner Move in During a Divorce?
Many people divorce because they find someone who is more suited towards them. This is a common scenario and one that poses unique problems when it comes to divorce proceedings. Since divorce in California takes a minimum of six months, and could stretch on for much longer, it can be hard to know when and how to incorporate your new partner into your life, before the divorce is finalized. A…Read More