A divorce ends a marriage or domestic partnership. This entails disclosing financial information, allocating assets and debts, and canceling or reorganizing the legal duties & responsibilities of the individuals involved.
Mediation, which is also referred to as alternative dispute resolution, is a private and confidential process used in many family law cases in California. It is a process where the parties meet with a neutral specially trained mediator who identifies their points of contention and helps them to reach agreements.
Courts issue rulings regarding child custody which have major implications regarding the legal and practical relationship between a parent or guardian and a child. Whenever a court makes such a determination, judges must weigh whether the decision will be in the "best interests" of the child.
There are different kinds of restraining orders with divergent eligibility requirements. Restraining orders are designed to protect individuals from physical, emotional or financial abuse, and property destruction. Restraining orders issued after a trial in California prevent individuals from possessing firearms, are entered into the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, and show up on background checks.
Guardianship, which is also referred to as conservatorship, allows individuals to make decisions about a person's property, education, and medical care. For children, one or both biological parents is often a guardian, but courts can appoint any adult to take care of a child or the child’s property.
Spousal support is monetary support paid by one former spouse to another, usually for a specified period of time. Some of the factors considered in determining spousal support are the marital standard of living, the length of time since separation, a party’s efforts to become employed at the highest level reasonably possible, and any changes of circumstances.