Family law can be a complicated practice. In cases involving family disputes, there are often high emotions that energize the process. The hope is that many family law cases can be resolved amicably and without the need for a full legal process in a court of law. However, the outcome and process cannot be guaranteed to end smoothly. Whether you anticipate a conflict or not, having the right legal support on your side is important, and our Riverside family law attorneys at the Najera Law Group, P.C. are ready to help you through any number of family law situations.
When couples disagree, cannot reach a mutual settlement, or in situations involving child custody, spousal support, or division of community property that need to be modified, a Request for Order (RFO) may be filed. These requests seek decisions from a judge to help settle the dispute at hand.
There are two types of divorce that couples can seek: contested or uncontested. In an uncontested divorce settlement, both spouses agree to settlement terms on all major issues. Under these terms, there is no need for formal legal proceedings. These types of divorces are often quicker and less costly. Unfortunately, not all cases that begin uncontested finish that way, and you may find yourself in a situation facing a contested divorce. No matter which type you may be facing, it should still be reviewed with the expert help of a family law attorney to be sure the agreement is equitable.
Child support is designed to help divorcing parents share in mutual responsibility for the care of a child’s well-being. Generally, a non-custodial parent will make payments to a custodial parent. However, even parents who share joint custody are subject to child support, particularly in cases where one parent makes significantly more than another. Child support lasts until the child is 18 or may be reduced or extended through the legal system. Contesting child support obligations, seeking owed payments, or working towards a child support settlement, are all complex issues involving California child support laws and should be approached with the help of an expert family law attorney.
Child custody litigation is a vital time for parents to determine what is in the best interests of the child. This can happen through both contested and uncontested processes, but both with the intent of establishing a safe and stable situation for the child involved. In an uncontested process, the parents agree to terms without the need for a legal ruling from a court. Contested processes require decisions by the courts to settle any disputes between the parents.
There are many types of spousal support, including temporary and long-term. However, the award of spousal support can also be determined by factors that may have impacted the relationship, such as domestic abuse. Whether seeking court-ordered support or seeking a settlement agreement, it is important to understand all aspects of any potential parental support.
Cases of domestic violence can be difficult because the accusations can be difficult to navigate. While those who are victims of domestic violence should be afforded the support they deserve and those who commit the crime should be held accountable, not all situations are the same. Our trusted attorneys are prepared to handle all domestic violence cases, whether you are filing a claim or you are responding to a claim against you.
In family law proceedings, it can be frustrating when the other party fails to respond or when they decide not to follow legally-binding agreements. In those situations, it is important to file Motions for Contempt with the court. These affidavits seek the court to intervene in the matter to force a response or resolve the litigation.
These important documents are issued to protect one party against another from harassment or abuse. No matter what relationship you have with the other party, a protective order can provide the safety you need (even your pet can be protected under these orders). Whether you are seeking an order of protection or you have been served one, it is important to understand the law and how the order impacts you.
In family law, modification orders can be sought if changes need to be legally made in cases of child support and custody, property division, or spousal support. Most often, these modifications come when the parties agree to terms that are different than a court order, there has been a significant change in circumstances, or there was an error in the original agreement or litigation process.
Paternity establishes the biological father of a child. While this may be important for the parents, it also provides legal grounds for the support of that child both in custody and financial support. The biological identification of a child’s father also grants access to information that would otherwise be denied, such as family medical history. Legal paternity also provides legal access to benefits from a father’s military service, social security, or any other number of ways.
Mediation in the legal system can be voluntary or court-mandated. The process of mediation in family law is to allow the involved parties an opportunity to resolve disagreements and come to terms without a formal legal proceeding. Mediation is often the choice for many who need help resolving issues in a divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal support, or property division.
Parental plans lay out the legal obligations of child support and child custody. The timeshare agreement lays out the percentage of time the child will spend with each parent. It may establish holiday visits and will determine full, part, or joint custody time divisions.
If you are facing a family law case, make sure you have the right legal team who will look out for your interests and help you reach the equitable outcomes you are entitled to. Contact our team at the Najera Law Group, P.C., and let us get started on your case today.