Can I file For Custody if I Wasn’t Married to the Other Parent?

For those parents who are not married, and realize that they need custody and visitation orders made, the Superior Courts of California can help. Simply put, California Superior Courts, specifically the Family Law Division, can make orders for custody and visitation for parents of minor children who are not married.

Contrary to common misconception, the process for un-married parents to obtain custody and visitation orders though the family law courts in California is a streamlined process. While there can be some variables, such as in contested cases (custody battles), the court process can potentially get parents from filing their custody petition, […]

Important Steps to Consider When Getting a Divorce

Seek Protection

If you have reason to believe that your husband or wife might become violent against you or your children, can have the ability to abduct the children, or can even take funds from any accounts or conceal properties, there are steps you can take in an effort to protect yourself.

A few of these protective steps may include obtaining a court order in an effort to prevent domestic abuse, alerting your child’s school that the child can only be released to you, or even securing a passport restriction to avoid your child from being taken outside of the country. You […]

Enforcing Child Support

When parents separate or become divorced, financial responsibilities for the support of their children are often ordered by the court. The funds allocated to be paid are not to financially support the other parent, but are funds that must go to support the child’s needs.  Unfortunately in some cases, the parent who is court ordered to pay child support may be unwilling to pay what is ordered. It is important to recognize that severe penalties can be implemented on a parent who refuses to pay court ordered child support. While some penalties can seem minor, most consequences can make a […]

Back Child Support: The Enforcement and Collection

When a non-custodial parent falls behind when making court ordered child support payments, the parent who is ordered to receive the payments can be confident in knowing that both state and federal laws will enforce the child support arrangements. Failing to pay child support can have severe and negative implications on the non-custodial parent. These consequences can affect the non-custodial parent in a personal and even a financial manner. While the state and federal laws are in place to help keep child support orders current, the agencies tasked with helping are still subject to common flaws that other governmental agencies […]

Another Possible Option To Collect Past Due Child Support

After a parent obtains a child support order from the court, the supporting parent has a responsibility to start paying by the commencement (start) date in the court order. Sometimes the actual collection of the child support funds can be a problem. When a child support order is violated due to a lack of payment, there are several options that an individual seeking recovery can choose from. An individual entitled to child support payments can enlist the help of his or her local child support agency (LCSA) for collection efforts.
How Does the LCSA Collect Child Support Funds?
A local LCSA has […]