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  • What is a TRO?

    What is a TRO and how do I get one? TRO is short for Temporary Restraining Order. A TRO is a court order that can help protect you from someone who has abused or threatened to hurt you.

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  • Getting a Divorce? California Child Custody & Visitation Basics

    Many people believe that once they file for divorce, the Court will set a hearing date to determine custody and visitation of the minor children. Not true. In order to get child custody orders, one of the parties needs to file what is called an Order to Show Cause asking the Cour...

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  • California Child Support - How Is Guideline Child Support Calculated?

    Child supportin California is calculated based on 2 factors, primarily: 1) the income of both parents and 2) how much time each parent spends with the children. What is considered "income" for the purposes of calculatingchild support, you ask? The court may consider "income" from...

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  • Getting a Divorce? California Child Custody and Visitation Tips

    Many people believe that once they file fordivorce, the Court will set a hearing date to determinecustody and visitationof the minor children. Not true. In order to getchild custodyorders, one of the parties needs to file what is called an Order to Show Cause asking the Court for...

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  • Child Support and Medical Reimbursements

    CHILD SUPPORT: REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURES FOR HEALTH CARE COSTS What does California law say about child support medical reimbursements? If you have achild support orderthat includes a provision for reimbursement of health care costs, California law states that you must first give ...

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  • My Child Wishes To Live With Me. Can I Modify the Child Custody and Visitation Orders?

    My child wishes to live with me. Can I get primary physical custody? The good news is that the law changed as of January 1, 2012 to allow the child's voice to be heard in family court. This law applies both todivorceandpaternitycases. Essentially, the law requires the family law ...

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  • Mediation and Custody - 7 Things You Need to Know

    7 IMPORTANT TIPS TO KNOW ABOUT MEDIATION AND CHILD CUSTODY: Whenever a party files a Request forChildCustody and VisitationOrder or a modification ofCustody and VisitationOrders, the Court requires that the parties attend mediation (also known as Conciliation Court, in Los Angele...

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  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Child Custody - Can I lose custody of my children?

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS AND CHILD CUSTODY The reason why it is important to hire anexperienced family law attorneyif you have been served with a TRO is because the court may take awaycustodyof your children if the judge determines that you have abused your spouse, gi...

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  • Parenting Plans - What is in Your Child's Best Interest

    Parenting Plans - Creating Custodial Time For Both Parents A parenting plan is a written agreement aboutchild custody and visitation. It sets forth the custodial rights of both parents and includes bothlegal and physical custody. Legal custodyrefers to the legal right to make dec...

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  • How is Guideline Child Support Calculated in California?

    CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATIONS - HOW MUCH AM I ENTITLED TO? Child supportin California is calculated based on 2 factors, primarily: 1) the income of both parents and 2) how much time each parent spends with the children. What is considered "income" for the purposes of calculatingchil...

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