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  • FREE HELP FOR YOUR DIVORCE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

    Every court has a family law facilitator office or a self-help clinic to help self-represented litigants in their divorce or paternity case. They offer free workshops which help you complete the paperwork for a family law case.

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  • Domestic Violence TRO: What You Need to Know

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TROis short forTemporary Restraining Order. ATROis a court order that can help protect you from someone who has abused or threatened to hurt you. The person asking for theTROis called the protected party or the Petitione...

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  • What is a Dissolution of Marriage and How do I Begin?

    A dissolution of marriage action is just a fancy name for adivorcecase. In California, a married person can request adivorceby filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage along with a form called a Summons. The Summons is issued by the Court, and then both the Petition for Diss...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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