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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for California on
Q: My son and his ex have verbal agreement for child support and joint custody mom refuses to let him have his visitation.

He pays 150 a week and has proof of paying but mom won't let him see her now that he has a new relationship

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answered on Jul 2, 2024

In California, child support and visitation rights are separate issues. Even if your son is paying child support, the mother cannot legally withhold visitation unless there's a court order permitting it. Your son has the right to see his child according to the agreed-upon custody arrangement,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Child Support for California on
Q: My ex wife is been verbally abused to are kids and specially to me I have domestic violence on her can you help me?

Stop working her own business once I got an attorney accuse me of breaking the window on her truck claims that i quit my job to not pay child support and she only accepts deposits debt the rest cash only I can’t proof her income what can I do?

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answered on Jul 1, 2024

I understand you're dealing with a complex and difficult situation involving your ex-wife, children, and various legal issues. Let me break down the key points and offer some general guidance:

1. Verbal abuse: If your ex-wife is verbally abusing you and your children, document these...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: I am separated from my husband(not divorced) am I obligated to let his parents and siblings see my kids?

He left me with two kids one has autism and the other is in process of evaluations. He knew that and he still left me. Now he thinks that because he gives them $500 a month he has all the right to bring his family around meaning his parents and siblings and he says I have to let them see the kids.... View More

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answered on Jun 30, 2024

Based on the information provided, here's a general response to your situation:

1. Legal obligation: In California, grandparents and other relatives generally don't have automatic visitation rights unless there's a court order. Without a formal custody agreement or court...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: I am about to file Sanction against opposing attorney in Divorce case?

Judge ordered OP's attorney serve proposed order for my approval, but she didn't do it. she filed it without my knowledge and judge signed on it. The FOAH contains OP's fabricated orders. I want to request the court to sanction against the attorney directly. As far as I know, Family... View More

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answered on Jun 27, 2024

Based on the situation you've described, it appears that the opposing attorney may have violated court procedures by filing a proposed order without serving it to you for approval as directed by the judge. This is a serious matter that could potentially be grounds for sanctions. Here are some... View More

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Q: I married my spouse in India.We are living in USA for the last 13 years. Both are US citizens. Where can I file divorce?

I have two young kids. I work as a preschool teacher. He just quit his job. Our relationship is not healthy. He drinks and abuses on past incidents. He has threatened not to give me half the money he has accumulated after selling his house if I want to divorce. He said he will invest in stocks and... View More

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answered on Jun 25, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, here's some guidance on your situation:

1. Filing for divorce:

As U.S. citizens living in the USA, you can file for divorce in the state where you currently reside, regardless of where you were married. In this case, since...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for California on
Q: Can you appeal the court decision when it comes to child support financial responsibility,
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answered on Jun 20, 2024

Yes, you can generally appeal a court decision regarding child support financial responsibility in California. The process typically involves:

1. Filing a Notice of Appeal within a specific timeframe (usually 60 days from the date of the order)

2. Preparing the record on appeal...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Ex's attorney filed Prop FOAH without my knowledge and the Judge signed it.

We had hearing last week and the Court issued 4 page minute order regarding custody (very detailed) 2 days later. The judge ordered "The RP's counsel is to write Order after Hearing, serve it on the opposition for approval....etc". and I know the Court rule 5.125 and I was waiting... View More

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answered on Jun 19, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it appears that your ex's attorney filed a Proposed Findings and Order After Hearing (FOAH) without your knowledge, and the judge signed it, even though the content of the proposed order was modified and differed from the court's minute order. In... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Ex's attorney filed Prop FOAH without my knowledge and the Judge signed it.

We had hearing last week and the Court issued 4 page minute order regarding custody (very detailed) 2 days later. The judge ordered "The RP's counsel is to write Order after Hearing, serve it on the opposition for approval....etc". and I know the Court rule 5.125 and I was waiting... View More

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answered on Jun 18, 2024

Immediately file an objection to the proposed FOAH and specify in your objection, the grounds for the objection. Be very clear. Attach a copy of the minute order to your objection (assuming the minute order is different from the proposed FOAH). Since the FOAH has already been signed by the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: I would like to change my children's last name and file for sole custody due to parent abandonment.

The father is claiming he is homeless. I previously filed for child support and sole custody but I don't believe the filing was ever made official and put into effect. I would like to find out if proving parent abandonment automatically terminates the father's rights. I was previously... View More

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answered on Jun 17, 2024

"I previously filed for child support and sole custody but I don't believe the filing was ever made official and put into effect" - filing a petition for custody and support, without filing anything else, will not result in you getting any court orders. Your case may still be open.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: I would like to change my children's last name and file for sole custody due to parent abandonment.

The father is claiming he is homeless. I previously filed for child support and sole custody but I don't believe the filing was ever made official and put into effect. I would like to find out if proving parent abandonment automatically terminates the father's rights. I was previously... View More

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answered on Jun 17, 2024

In California, proving parental abandonment does not automatically terminate the father's parental rights. Termination of parental rights is a separate legal process from seeking sole custody and changing your children's last name. Here's some information on each of these matters:... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: Seeking Court Order for Child’s Screen Time and Sleep Schedule?

I am seeking advice on obtaining a court order for the following conditions concerning my 4-year-old autistic child due to concerns about my ex-spouse’s smartphone addiction. so, can I request these order below during the next RFOMOD custody hearing:

1) Limit exposure to mobile devices to... View More

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answered on Jun 17, 2024

In California, courts make decisions about child custody and visitation based on the best interests of the child. When a child has special needs, such as autism, the court will consider those needs when making orders.

To request the specific orders you mentioned during a Request for Order...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Court order for child's screen time/sleep due to co-parent's smartphone addiction?

We have 50/50 custody (3-4-4-3 schedule) of our 4-year-old child with my ex. I am deeply concerned about my ex's serious smartphone game addiction, which negatively impacts our child's sleep and overall well-being. Ex has promoted the child to play smartphone game for easier parenting for... View More

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answered on Jun 16, 2024

There is no "device" you can use to monitor the child's sleep. You can get court orders however regarding a 4-year-old's use of a smart phone all together, regarding bedtime, and regarding bedtime routines, and regarding time spent on the smart phone whether playing games or... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Court order for child's screen time/sleep due to co-parent's smartphone addiction?

We have 50/50 custody (3-4-4-3 schedule) of our 4-year-old child with my ex. I am deeply concerned about my ex's serious smartphone game addiction, which negatively impacts our child's sleep and overall well-being. Ex has promoted the child to play smartphone game for easier parenting for... View More

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answered on Jun 16, 2024

Under California law, the court's primary concern in child custody cases is the best interests of the child. This includes ensuring that the child has a safe, stable, and nurturing environment, which can be negatively impacted by excessive screen time or inadequate sleep.

While there...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for California on
Q: Is child care part of child support? Or is it considered an add on?

Ex feels he gives me more than he should. My son lives with me and his father picks him up for 3 weekends out of the month. He gives me $800 a month. Helps pay private school which we go half on. Has him under his health plan which I’m sure he pays about $360 a year for. He’s union. Our son is... View More

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answered on Jun 14, 2024

Under California law, child support typically includes basic living expenses for the child, such as food, clothing, and housing. However, child care costs, especially those necessary for the custodial parent to work, are considered an "add-on" expense. These add-on expenses are usually... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: If I don’t show up for my court ordered parenting pick up what will happen?

Unfortunately my child mother is a very petty individual. I gave her a month notice that I’m going on vacation dates and times and she’s basically telling me no you need to be here. Vice versa whenever she’s had a vacation, I’ve gladly taken the kids during my non-parenting time. She has... View More

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answered on Jun 13, 2024

Not showing up for a court-ordered parenting time exchange could have serious consequences under California law. Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Contempt of court: Failing to comply with a court order, including a parenting time schedule, can be considered contempt of court. This...
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Q: The petitioner wants to close a custody case that hasn't been decided due to stress does that stop child support?
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answered on Jun 13, 2024

Under California law, closing a custody case that hasn't been decided does not automatically stop child support obligations. Child support and child custody are separate legal issues, although they are often related.

Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Child support is a...
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Q: If my spouse didn’t respond after being served can I continue the process

What my next step if my spouse hasn’t responded to the divorce paperwork

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answered on Jun 12, 2024

If your spouse has not responded to the divorce petition after being properly served, you can proceed with a default divorce in California. Here are the steps you should follow:

1. Wait for the response period to end: In California, your spouse has 30 days to respond after being served if...
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Q: If my spouse didn’t respond after being served can I continue the process

What my next step if my spouse hasn’t responded to the divorce paperwork

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answered on Jun 12, 2024

If it's been more than 30 days since spouse was served and he/she has not served or filed their response to the Petition, you can proceed with a Request to Enter Default. Once default has been entered you can proceed to the next step (financial disclosures), then to judgment (unless trial is... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Respondent filed amended responsive decl just 4 days before the hearing?

This is divorce case. I filed Motion to Set aside in Feb, and Respondent filed responsive declaration in March and I filed my reply in May. I believe I rebut RP's decl effectively, however, RP suddenly filed an amended responsive decl just 4 days before the hearing. RP removed all allegations... View More

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answered on Jun 7, 2024

In a California divorce case, if the Respondent filed an amended responsive declaration just 4 days before the hearing, it may be considered improper and unfair to you, the moving party. This is because the Respondent's amended declaration, which effectively serves as a reply to your reply,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for California on
Q: Under Ca law must a parent still pay support for an adult child with disabilities if that adult child moves out of state
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answered on Jun 6, 2024

In California, a parent may still be obligated to pay child support for an adult child with disabilities, even if the child moves out of state. This is because California law recognizes that some adult children with disabilities may remain dependent on their parents for financial support.... View More

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