Family Law

Fam­ily Law

Fam­ily Law cases gov­ern the rela­tion­ships of fam­i­lies.  Com­mon types of fam­ily law cases are divorce (referred to as a dis­so­lu­tion of mar­riage case), sep­a­ra­tion, pater­nity, child cus­tody, child sup­port, guardian­ships, and con­ser­va­tor­ships.  Each type of case is unique and requires a thor­ough analy­sis of the situation.

A divorce case involves a divi­sion of assets and debts among the hus­band and wife.  Cal­i­for­nia is a com­mu­nity prop­erty state which means income and assets acquired dur­ing the life of the mar­riage is con­sid­ered com­mu­nity prop­erty.  You would need to dis­cuss your sit­u­a­tion with an attor­ney to deter­mine the proper dis­tri­b­u­tion of assets and income.  A prenup­tial agree­ment is a means by which spouses can devi­ate from the gen­eral com­mu­nity prop­erty rules.

The cus­tody of chil­dren among par­ents is often an impor­tant issue in fam­ily law cases.  There are many fac­tors to con­sider when deter­min­ing cus­tody such as the age of the child, school, med­ical, child’s desires, the sta­bil­ity of each par­ent and the over­all well being of the child.  The court must make deci­sions about the legal and phys­i­cal cus­tody of each child.  Legal cus­tody involves impor­tant deci­sions for the child such as the child’s school­ing and non-emergency med­ical care.  Phys­i­cal cus­tody involves where the child will reside.

Con­tact our office with your fam­ily law case.  We have over 10 years of expe­ri­ence in the area of fam­ily law.  We will meet with you and develop an indi­vid­ual strat­egy.  Resolv­ing your fam­ily law issues are impor­tant because they involve more than just finan­cial headaches.  Emo­tions run high and hav­ing skilled lawyers to ease your mind is a good start.


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None of the infor­ma­tion on this site con­sti­tutes legal advice. It is an ad for attor­ney ser­vices. The attor­neys at DeDecker & Meltzer are licensed attor­neys in the state of Cal­i­for­nia. The infor­ma­tion is intended to be gen­eral in nature as there are many laws and reg­u­la­tions not men­tioned on this site that may apply to your sit­u­a­tion.