Establishing paternity – or determining “who is the father?” – plays a key role in legal issues such as child support. Unfortunately, establishing paternity may be more complicated than it seems. There are numerous issues that determine the child custody rights for unmarried parents and a variety of parenthood circumstances that determine whether a parent … Read More
Navigating a child custody hearing is one of the most intimidating things a parent can go through. Family court judges are often overburdened with an outrageous caseload, and an insufficient court staff, and no matter what decision the family court judge makes, one of the parties is generally unhappy (to put it mildly). With all … Read More
Raising a child is a marathon, not a sprint. California child custody orders are not set in stone, and oftentimes, a custody arrangement that worked well for a family when a child was 5 years old may not work so well when he or she is 12. This article focuses on how to change a … Read More
In family law proceedings, a party can request the court intervene on certain issues when an agreement cannot be reached. What is a Request for Order [RFO]? Parents who want an order relating to child custody and visitation must file a request for order (RFO) in order to generate a hearing in California family court. … Read More
Getting served with a petition to determine parental relationship can make a parent feel confused and attacked. Technically, if you are listed as the “Respondent” on the petition, you are getting sued! So why is your ex/co-parent suing you and what should you do about it? What is a Petition to Determine Parental Relationship? In … Read More
Family Code § 3010 provides that without court orders saying otherwise, both legal parents are equally entitled to custody of their child. The important missing piece of the puzzle is that this only applies to legal parents. So what rights do fathers have before they have established their legal rights?