Who Should File for Divorce First?
Generally, it does not matter who files divorce papers first. California is a no-fault divorce state, so the parties do not need to prove “wrongdoing” to end their marriage. Furthermore, the court does not give preference to the spouse who files. However, there could be some advantages to filing for divorce first in California. Therefore, […]More
At What Age Does Child Support End in California
Parents can expect California child support payments to continue until their child turns 18 years old. Child support payments are based on California child support guidelines. Most standard child support orders terminate payments upon the child’s 18th birthday. That is when the child is considered an adult. However, some situations change the age when child […]More
How Does Child Custody Work After the Death of a Parent or Guardian in California?
The death of a parent or guardian can be devastating for a child. In most cases, stability and continuity are in the child’s best interests. For that reason, it is presumed that the child’s other biological parent will assume sole custody after the death of a parent or guardian in California. California Family Code §3010(b) […]More
When Is a Marriage Irretrievably Broken, and What Does That Mean?
Divorce laws vary by state. Each state decides what grounds a person must prove to end a marriage. Many states still have grounds that include “fault” causes of action. “Fault” divorces are based on wrongdoing. For example, a spouse must prove the other spouse is guilty of adultery, abandonment, abuse, habitual drunkenness, or other wrongdoing […]More
Is It Possible To Collect Child Support from a Deceased Parent?
California child support laws require parents to provide financially for their children, even if they do not live with them. The financial support is paid to the custodial parent (the parent whom the child lives with most of the time). The custodial parent depends on the child support payments to pay for the child’s essential […]More