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June 2017 Archives

With property division, what is quasi-community property?

Certain terms might be confusing when a Los Angeles couple is getting a legal separation or a divorce. Property division is relatively self-explanatory, but when getting into the details, there can be portions that are not as clear. One is quasi-community property. Knowing what quasi-community property is before moving forward with a divorce can make the process easier when determining who has the right to various pieces of marital property.

What if I fall behind in my alimony in California?

Family law issues in California can be complex and difficult to navigate in any circumstance, but when there is a former spouse who has been ordered to pay alimony to the other spouse and cannot keep current with them, it is the foundation for dispute. There are certain legal matters that must be understood with alimony and other support. If a spouse has been ordered to pay, it is an enforceable court order until it is changed or ended. It might also have a specified date at which it concludes.

What are the options to respond to a divorce petition?

In California, when a couple gets a divorce, it is often not a simple matter of both sides agreeing to part ways, filing the papers and moving on with their lives. There are times that there are issues in dispute and one spouse chooses to file so the other spouse must respond. This is a serving of a summons and petition. The spouse who has been served has several options in how to respond. Knowing these and which is the most appropriate can be integral to a proceeding and a successful outcome.

What does California family law do about paternity issues?

It is not uncommon for there to be a dispute over paternity in California. There can be numerous reasons for this, but there are certain common denominators when straightening the matter out. If the couple was married at the time of conception, then paternity is already established as the husband has the legal presumption of fatherhood. If, however, an unmarried woman has a child, it is necessary for paternity to be established so the child's legal rights can be established.