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Enforcing a delinquent child support order

Single parents in California may face difficult financial struggles, especially when the other parent isn't following through on child support obligations. However, parents who are owed outstanding support payments can take action to try to recover the debt. By going to family court or working with the California Department of Child Support Services, parents can seek enforcement of an existing child support order that is going unpaid.

How to avoid common errors with the marital home in divorce

When couples in California split property in a divorce, they should be careful to avoid some typical mistakes regarding their home. One of those mistakes may be keeping the home in the first place. A person who wants to do so should carefully review monthly costs to make sure it is affordable. One woman who fought for months to get the home said she later regretted the time she spent on it when she finally realized the better solution was to sell it and split the money.

Getting a child support court order

Divorcing California parents who are going through child custody proceedings may wonder how to get a child support court order. The laws vary depending on region, but most jurisdictions have laws that state a custodial parent is entitled to regular child support payments from the parent who does not have custody. In the United States, a court makes a determination of child support when the parents of the child obtain a divorce or are legally separated. If the parents were never married, the court first needs to establish the child's paternity.

Higher divorce risk for cohabiting couples, study finds

California couples who do not live together before marriage might be less likely to get a divorce if they make it through the first year of marriage. A study that appeared in the September 2018 edition of the "Journal of Marriage and Family" reported that cohabiting couples were actually at a higher risk for divorce in the long term.

Child Custody and Summer Vacation Plans

The summer is here, which means you might have some fun summer vacation plans in mind now that your children have a break from school. However, if you share custody with your ex, planning for a summer vacation can be a little more complicated than it is for most other families. To ensure your summer goes smoothly and that you do not end up wasting your days arguing and fighting over who gets to ... 

How to Establish Paternity & Why You Need an Attorney

A paternity action establishes a father's parental relationship with a child, as well as awards legal responsibilities and parental rights to the father. While a father may seek to establish parentage to obtain custody and/or visitation rights over a child, a mother may file a paternity action to establish the father's financial responsibility for a child.

What Are My Visitation Rights as a Grandparent?

If you are a grandparent, chances are you still want to be part of your grandchildren's lives even after a divorce. In fact, you might be worried about the future of your visitation rights once the process is over. While parents can always choose to allow grandparents to visit their children without a court order, some parents might attempt to prevent the children's grandparents from visiting them at all. In such cases, you are not without legal recourse. It is your right to petition the court for visitation rights. At Westover Law Group, our family law attorneys in Murrieta can assist you securing these rights, allowing you to be part of the lives of your grandchildren. 

Relocating After a Divorce with Children

There are some aspects of your divorce settlement that are not set in stone. After all, the court understands that life is not static and things change, people move, and sometimes you have to pursue opportunities that will improve your family's life. If you share children with your ex-spouse, however, this simple relocation can become complicated, so it is crucial to hire an experienced family law attorney who is experienced in handling such matters. 

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