Particularly when a child is still small, an Orange County couple who has divorced or who has never been married may discover as time goes on that the court's paternity order or divorce decree simply no longer fits their situation. In this case, especially since it may have been months or even years since the original court order got entered, these people may wonder what exactly their options are.
For many people who are in an unhappy marriage, the prospect of divorce may seem to be the only option. When emotions often run high during these unhappy times, it is not uncommon for a spouse or both spouses to let their emotions get the best of them; this can lead to words exchanged and things done that are not in anyone's best interest.
It is not uncommon for married couples to split up family responsibilities. This often means that one spouse earns money for the family while the other spouse stays home to take care of the house and children. While this arrangement may suit both sides well and will help maintain a happy and healthy relationship in many cases, when a marriage turns south and a divorce is on the horizon, this could make life after a divorce especially difficult for the non-working spouse.
One of the most enduring decisions a California married couple could make is the decision to adopt a child. While such a decision is indeed admirable, and one that will certainly help the life of a child who will receive a loving household, it is still important to understand that the commitment to adopt a child is not one that should be taken lightly.
A prenuptial agreement (pre-nup) that sets forth the division of assets, debts and lifestyle agreements may eliminate many family law problems following a California divorce. It can help protect a spouse's assets and eliminate a dispute, if the relationship ends.
One of the most complex family law matters is dividing assets in a military divorce, which falls under Federal and California law. The Supreme Court ruled this month that states cannot raise a former spouse's retirement pay to compensate for losing benefits caused by waving disability payments.
A California court can order one spouse or partner to pay spousal support, also known as alimony, when the couple splits or divorces. This may be one of the more difficult family law issues.
Most couples are familiar with prenuptial agreements that spouses enter into before marriage. These agreements set forth terms on property division and other family law problems when a marriage ends. More recently, California married couples have begun entering postnuptial agreements.
Whether grandparents have visitation rights in California may be a complex family law issue. State law provides procedures for some grandparents' rights.
Much of the practice of family law is adversarial by nature. Even in an amicable divorce, the two parties have competing interests. When not handled well, child custody and child support disputes can lead to wounded pride and lingering resentments.