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Category Archives: California Family Law

Will My Criminal Conviction Stop Me From Seeing My Child?

It depends. Courts take into account several factors when dealing with criminal convictions of a parent. If your conviction is domestic violence then this raises the biggest red flag for courts. So we will start here when dealing with domestic violence and child custody. Domestic Violence A domestic violence conviction can prevent you from seeingContinue Reading

The Biggest Mistake Parents Make in Child Custody Cases

Child custody in California is determined by what is in the best interest of the child. Judges don’t care what the father wants. Judges don’t care what the mother wants. They only care about the child and his or her upbringing in a stable environment. What not to Do in Court I can’t begin toContinue Reading

Does the mother automatically have full custody?

Does the Mother Automatically Have Full Custody? No. You read that right. The mother doesn’t automatically get full custody or majority custody of the child. Courts today have evolved to take into account what’s in the best interest of the child. The only times where courts will lean heavily toward giving the mother majority custodyContinue Reading

Why do courts order counseling for your child?

When do courts in family law cases order counseling? Why do they do it and what do they hope to get out of it? If you look up California Family Code 3190, the court can order counseling when: The child custody dispute poses a substantial danger to the best interest of the child Cases involvingContinue Reading

Changing your child’s name without consent

Can you change your child’s last name without letting the father know about it? Whose last name will your child get? When your child is born, they can have whatever last name you want. It doesn’t matter if you want to have her keep the father’s last name. You can also have a hyphenated name.Continue Reading