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If you have been abused or threatened with abuse by a person with whom you have a domestic relationship (e.g., a spouse, cohabitant, close family member, etc.), then you may need to seek a domestic violence restraining order. A domestic violence restraining order is a court order protecting you from future abuse or threatened abuse. An attorney can represent you in seeking such an order. Alternatively, if you have been falsely accused of abusing or threatening to abuse someone with whom you have a domestic relationship, you should defend yourself against such claims and attempt to avoid the consequences of having the court impose a restraining order against you. An attorney can likewise represent you and seek to overcome such accusations. Where there is no domestic relationship, but harassment or harm or threats of harm is present, the injured person may seek a civil harassment restraining order; there are also dependent adult and workplace violence restraining orders, and an attorney can assist with each.
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
Marriage is an important institution. Yet, there is no need to show the “fault” of either of the parties to dissolve a marriage. Instead, in California, all that’s required are “irreconcilable differences” that have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. Such irreconcilable differences can result from any number of things, but the court will not inquire as to the nature, extent, or reason for such differences. Additionally, a dissolution proceeding may be initiated by either spouse, without the consent of the other spouse. If you have decided to seek divorce, or have been notified your spouse is or will be seeking a divorce, an attorney can represent you.
The grounds for legal separation are the same as for dissolution of marriage, namely irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. A proceeding for legal separation can address and resolve all matters that would be handled in a dissolution, with the exception of the status of the marriage. Such an action may be initiated by either spouse. If you have decided to seek legal separation, or have been notified your spouse is or will be seeking to separate, an attorney can represent you.
CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION
If you have children, you likely value them more highly than anything else. If you are facing a dispute over child custody and/or visitation, an attorney can represent you in this process and seek to achieve your goals, with reference to the law’s general objective of determining what is in the best interest of the children.
If you have children, you are undoubtedly aware that all minor children are owed a duty of support. In fact, both parents are obligated to support their minor children in a manner suitable to the child’s circumstances, and this obligation is not tied to the marital status of the parents. So, if you are facing a family law matter involving child support, an attorney can represent you.
Generally, spouses or registered domestic partners owe each other a mutual obligation of support, at least while they are living together, or subject to a stipulated agreement for continued support if living separately. This duty exists irrespective of the parties’ marital estate or finances, and the obligation cannot be waived while they are living together (excepting for post-dissolution support affected by a prenuptial agreement). If you are facing a family law matter involving spousal support, an attorney can represent you.
If you are seeking to establish the paternity of the father of your child for, e.g., child support, you may need to initate a paternity action. Alternatively, if you are seeking to avoid the legal responsibilities associated with being a parent because, e.g., you are not the father of the child, you may need to defend yourself in such an action. Either way, an attorney can represent you.
***This is not an exhaustive list; James R. Dickinson, Attorney At Law does not commit to accepting representation in all cases falling within this or any other practice area, and those cases which are accepted may be limited in scope, excluding other matters.
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