We handle everything from new divorces to modifications to existing orders. We have included a brief description from our most commonly used services. If you think you have a need for any of these services please fill out the contact form or call us at 661-951-6555.
A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage by a court in a legal proceeding, requiring a petition for dissolution of marriage by one party.
A legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation may appeal to couples who do not want to divorce, but who will live separately and want matters such as child support, child custody and property division clarified legally. Some other reasons couples may wish to legally separate, rather than divorce, include the financial benefits of remaining married and religious beliefs which may conflict with divorce.
Child support is money that is paid by a parent to contribute to the financial care and costs of raising their child.
Mediation is a process where a neutral person (mediator) assists parties with resolving disputes and reaching a mutual agreement. Additionally, child custody mediation allows parents an opportunity to resolve disagreements regarding a parenting plan for their children
Spousal support, also called "alimony," is court-ordered support of one spouse by the other spouse
REQUEST FOR ORDERS
A request for order (RFO) is a formal request to the court to make orders in a legal matter.
A modification is a change to an existing court order or judgment, typically when there is a change in circumstances.
DISSOLUTION OF REGISTERED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP
Formal request by one partner to a California Superior Court to dissolve the domestic partnership. It is similar to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (a divorce), but only dissolves a domestic partnership.
Guardianship is when a court orders someone other than the child's parent to have custody of the child and/or manage the child's property.
A summary dissolution is a simpler way to get divorced for married couples and registered domestic partners. Couples must meet certain criteria to qualify for a summary dissolution.
An annulment is a legal order that states that a marriage was never valid. While a divorce ends a legally valid marriage, an annulment voids the marriage as if it never existed.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER
A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with.
Establishing paternity means obtaining a court order or signing an official declaration of paternity that says who the legal father of a child is. Establishing paternity is necessary before custody, visitation, or child support can be ordered by a court.
A Post Judgment is a request for order (RFO) after the court has made it's final ruling.
Contempt generally occurs when one party isn't abiding by the terms of the divorce decree. If your ex-spouse is failing to comply with the terms of your divorce ruling, including child support payments, you can file a motion to hold them in contempt of court.
Grandparents have the right to petition the court to allow them to visit with their grandchildren.