Family Law and Immigration Issues

California is home to many immigrants, some of whom have a legal immigration status, and others who do not. Like every other California resident, immigrants often marry and sometimes get divorced. A divorce, however, can directly impact an immigrant’s immigration status, particularly if he or she is undocumented, but even if he or she is here legally, but not yet … read more

How Can I Modify My Child Support Obligation?

The state of California, like other states, has established uniform child support guidelines for calculating child support obligations in divorce and paternity cases. While California law presumes that the amount of support calculated pursuant to the guidelines is appropriate, the parties can agree to or the judge can order a child support amount that deviates from those guidelines in certain … read more

What is a Dwelling Exclusion Order and How Can I Get One?

Dwelling exclusion orders are available under California law under specific circumstances. You can request a dwelling exclusion or “kick-out” order against your spouse if there has been an assault or violent incident, or threats of an assault. This is the case even if only your spouse’s name is on the house or lease. Whether the court will grant your request … read more

Common Reasons for Losing Custody of a Child

Most parents have nightmares about losing custody of their children, especially when they are involved in divorce, separation, or paternity proceedings. Defending yourself against a bid for custody by your ex can be one of the most emotional and stressful times imaginable. If you are in this situation, it is essential that you know what scenarios could cause you to … read more

What Are Epstein Credits and Watts Charges?

When a married couple separates, it is common for one spouse to remain in the marital home. Unfortunately, that spouse often is left being financially responsible for expenses related to the home, while the other spouse contributes nothing. This situation may continue until a divorce becomes final, which can take months. As a result, many spouses in this situation wonder … read more

Why Do I Have to Wait Six Months to Get Divorced?

California law requires that divorces last at least six months. This six-month “waiting period” or “cooling off period” in divorce proceedings is designed to give spouses the opportunity to reflect on their marriage and decide whether they really want to go through with the divorce. Since divorce is a serious and irrevocable step, the state of California wishes to ensure … read more