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January 2017 Archives

Locating the child's biological parent for stepparent adoption

If a stepparent in California wishes to adopt his or her stepchild, the child's other biological parent must be notified, as the adoption will terminate his or her parental rights. This means that the child's other biological parent must be found and provide written consent for the child to be adopted, or the stepparent must obtain a court order, after showing a thorough and exhaustive search has been made and the biological parent cannot be found, that will end the child's other biological parent's parental rights.

Ending a domestic partnership in California

Sometimes those in a domestic partnership, just like those who are married, find that their union is not what it once was and they wish to dissolve it. The state of California recognizes that not every domestic partnership is meant to last, and provides a means for ending the domestic partnership without needing to file a proceeding for dissolution. Instead, domestic partners, under circumstances, can dissolve their union by filing a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State.

How can California parents create a parenting plan out-of-court?

For parents in California going through a divorce, some of the most important decisions they will make are regarding their child. Specifically, decisions will need to be made regarding child custody and parenting time (visitation). A parenting plan will need to be created that includes information regarding each parent's responsibilities for raising their child. This includes not only where the child will live (physical custody), but also how major decisions regarding the child's upbringing will be made (legal custody) and how much parenting time the child will spend with each parent.

When might a post-divorce modification be necessary?

Divorce can be one of the biggest life changing events someone in California can face. After the final divorce decree is signed, the parties may breathe a sigh of relief, feeling that part of their life is behind them, and their future is settled. However, life goes on and things often change.

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