Dissolution and Parentage

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Annulments

Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void, which means the marriage never existed. This is different from divorce and does not require property division or support determinations.

Child Custody

Custody is both legal and physical. Legal custody determines who has decision making power over a child’s health and welfare (e.g., choice of doctor, choice of school). Physical custody determines how a child spends time with each parent.

Child Support

Child support in California is governed by statute and the court uses a calculator to determine the amount.

Cohabitation

When parties live together but choose not to enter into a formal legal relationship (marriage or registered domestic partnership), they may not realize that a pseudo-legal relationship may be created. The case of Marvin v. Marvin provides precedent for unmarried/unregistered couples potentially being required to share property and provide each other support in the event of a breakup. Cohabitation agreements are useful in setting forth the parties’ intentions regarding property and support in the event they are no longer together.

Divorce

Couples who no longer wish to be married must obtain a legal document declaring them to be divorced. Divorce involves division of property, payment of spousal support and, if applicable, orders regarding child custody and child support.

Grandparent Visitation

Grandparents have rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren through a formal court request for visitation.

Legal Separations

Legal separation allows parties to divide property and determine spousal support obligations but remain married. Community property rules no longer apply to legally separated couples. These couples remain married in name alone.

Mediation

Mediation is a good option for many people who have divorce and custody disputes. A family law attorney/mediator can provide the legal background necessary for parties to make informed decisions about property division, custody and support. This option lessens the emotional and financial expense of divorce or parentage issues by keeping the disputes out of court.

Parentage Determinations

Unmarried or unregistered couples who have children can obtain court orders for custody and child support through parentage actions. The parentage action secures legal rights between the parents and the child, allowing the child to be cared for and maintain inheritance rights. Same sex couples who are not married and not registered domestic partners should also obtain parentage judgments in order to secure legal rights to the child.

Parenting Plans

When parents are no longer together, they must create a parenting plan that ensures the child has frequent and continuing contact between the parents and the child. The child’s needs, activities and best interests must be considered when creating the plan.

Property Division

Property division in divorce can be complex. Such property can include businesses, stock accounts, retirement accounts and credit card debt. Parties must also consider separate property reimbursement rights when dividing community property.

Spousal Support

In divorce, spousal support must be determined as to amount and duration, or waived. At the outset of the divorce process, the court may award spousal support on a temporary basis using a spousal support calculator. At the completion of the divorce process, the court may not use the calculator and must determine spousal support based on the parties’ financial circumstances.