Many people in Orange County, California, have what in the legal sense is an informal relationship with their child's other parent. For instance, many people in the area choose to live together and raise children without ever getting officially married.
As this blog has mentioned before, California law allows family court judges to award spousal support, also referred to as spousal maintenance or alimony, when doing so is necessary to ensure a fair divorce or permanent separation. As this blog has also mentioned that the tax consequences of alimony are changing soon, this is an opportune time to remind our Irvine and other Orange County readers that our law office advises and represents clients with respect to their alimony needs.
For both high-earning or independently wealthy couples, as well as those Orange County residents of more modest means, one of their most valuable assets is likely going to be their marital residence. Particularly in a state like California, couples frequently have a lot of net worth locked into their house. Moreover, there is also an emotional component, since the home is frequently associated with lots of memories, both good and bad.
There is no doubt that Orange County has many beautiful places that make great tourist destinations, and even natives to Southern California may choose to take weekend getaways to some of this area's most popular sites.
Like most other states, California does not afford the benefit of its community property laws to unmarried couples who choose to live and maintain a household together but who do not formalize their relationship in any way.
The relationship between a child and their step parent is just as loving and important as a relationship between a biological parent and a child. The stepmother or stepfather steps in and becomes the child's other parent for all practical purposes.
As a previous post on this blog discussed, domestic violence victims in the Orange County area will need to take calm but decisive action in order to get the violence to stop and to protect their children and their other interests.
It is an unfortunate reality that many residents of Orange County are victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects people across the board and does not discriminate on race, social status, nationality or race.
Although this blog has discussed this topic in past months, it may be helpful, particularly with the summer moving season coming up soon, to review what a single parent's obligations are when they have to move. These obligations are particularly important when a parent wants to move either out of state or to another part of California some distance from Orange County.
As is the case in other states, grandparents in California have certain rights under the law that may allow them to have court-ordered visits with their grandchildren. These rights can be important for all grandparents who have and want to keep meaningful relationships with their grandkids, and they are especially important when a grandparent has historically had a role in providing his or her grandchild with care and support.