What is Supervised Visitation in California?

When it comes to custody and visitation matters, the state of California always seeks to act in the best interests of the children, especially when it comes to protecting their safety. If there are concerns about a child’s safety, a judge may rule that a child only has contact with a parent when a neutral […] read more →

Posted on: June 8, 2022

How Does the Date of Separation Impact a Divorce Case in California?

Under California divorce laws, the date of separation is the date the court recognizes as the final day of a marriage. In many circumstances, the date of separation can have a big impact on a divorce case, including property division and spousal support. Date of Separation and Property Division The date of separation is very […] read more →

Posted on: May 24, 2022

Failing to Pay Child Support in California Can Have Serious Consequences

Under federal and state law, both parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their children. This doesn’t change when the parents separate or get divorced. In California, one or both parents may be ordered to pay child support. Child support is ongoing payments to help pay for a child’s living and medical […] read more →

Posted on: May 20, 2022

What are Irreconcilable Differences in California?

In California, a marriage can only be dissolved for two reasons: Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage or permanent legal incapacity to make decisions. When couples decide to end a marriage or domestic relationship in California, they often cite “irreconcilable differences” as the reason. But what does this phrase mean […] read more →

Posted on: May 12, 2022

Do You Qualify for a Summary Dissolution Divorce?

While divorce is often a complicated, drawn-out legal process, it doesn’t have to be. Depending on the circumstances, you may qualify for a summary dissolution, a faster and simpler way to get a divorce in California. A summary dissolution provides an easier way to end a marriage or domestic partnership than the standard divorce process. […] read more →

Posted on: May 6, 2022

Can Grandparents Ask the Court for Grandchild Visitation in California?

Are you worried about losing contact with a grandchild because of a divorce or legal separation? Contact Ontario, CA family law attorney Torrence L. Howell. Under California law, a grandparent can ask the court for visitation rights with a grandchild. Torrence L. Howell is here to provide you with the legal guidance you need to […] read more →

Posted on: April 27, 2022

Changing a Child’s Name in California

There can be many situations in which a parent may wish to change the name of their child. A child from another marriage may want to share the same surname as their mother and step-relatives. The child may no longer have a relationship with one of their parents. It may even be that the child’s […] read more →

Posted on: April 21, 2022

Premarital Agreements in California

In California, a premarital agreement, also known as a prenuptial agreement, is an agreement made between prospective spouses who are contemplating marriage. In order to be valid, the agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. The agreement must also comply with California law. That’s why it’s so important for both parties to […] read more →

Posted on: April 18, 2022

Guardianships in California

California state courts always act in the best interests of a child. When a child’s parents are unable or unwilling to care for their children, the court may award legal custody of the children to an adult who is not their parent. A guardianship is a court order that gives a person who is not […] read more →

Posted on: April 12, 2022

Which State Has Authority in Multi-State Child Custody Cases?

Legal issues surrounding child custody rights for separated and divorced parents in California can often be quite complex. But what about situations in which each parent lives in a different state? What are the rights of a parent living in California who shares custody of a child with a parent who lives in another state? […] read more →

Posted on: March 24, 2022