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What are the two types of guardianship in California?

In the event one or both parents in a California family are unable to care for their child, perhaps due to death, injury or incarceration, it may be necessary to appoint a guardian to look after the child. In cases of probate guardianship, when a person approaches a court to ask for a guardianship appointment, you can expect the state of California to offer two different forms of guardianship. Each of these forms carries distinct responsibilities and can serve different needs.

The importance of establishing parentage

In California, the law assumes that a married couple is the legal mother and father of a newborn. A man not married to his child’s mother at the time of birth may need a court order establishing parentage. Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, Inc often represents clients in a paternity action.

What are some mistakes in divorce?

When you get a divorce in California, there are many missteps you may take that could make things more difficult for you. Most mistakes you can make in a divorce situation, according to CNBC, involve your assets. Here is a look at some things you want to avoid doing.

Paying spousal support after a costly health crisis

Divorce can bring on many different financial changes, such as managing your finances independently. Some people may have new financial obligations in the wake of their divorce, such as spousal support payments. Whether you are unsure of how much spousal support you will be obligated to pay or you are struggling with making spousal support payments on time due to challenges you are going through, such as a health crisis that has been physically and financially demanding, it is pivotal to know which options you may have.

False accusations of domestic violence in divorce

Accusations of domestic violence in any California divorce can have a detrimental impact on the outcome for the accused. For this reason, California courts treat allegations extremely seriously and investigate each claim in depth before making any final determinations. If a court discovers that a person falsely accused another of the crime, it may charge the person who made the false allegations with perjury.  

Should same-sex partners get married?

Since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in 2015, same-sex couples throughout the country, including California, are now afforded the same legal rights and privileges that opposite-sex couples enjoy in regard to marriage. However, no couple should take the decision to get married lightly. While there are many potential benefits to marrying your partner, there are also potential drawbacks.

Tips for estate planning in domestic partnerships

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. However, just because it is legal, doesn’t mean that all long-time couples in California get married. At Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, Inc., we know this makes it crucial to ensure you take time for estate planning.

How does low income factor into child support?

Both parents of a child have a responsibility to care for and support the child, including financially. That is why California has a child support system to enable non-custodial parents to provide financial support to their children. However, support arrangements can put financial strain on some parents, especially those with lower incomes.

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