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Divorce in Mountain View, California
California is a “no-fault” divorce state. Spouses filing for divorce in Mountain View do so because of “irreconcilable differences,” or the inability to get along. In California, the court does not punish or lay blame on either party for any type of wrongdoing in the marriage.
There is a six month waiting period before the court will grant a divorce. Until the court issues a final divorce, neither party may remarry or file taxes separately.
To obtain a divorce in California, one spouse must live in California for the last six months, and file for the divorce in the county where they lived for the previous three months. However, if both spouses live in California for at least six months, but in different counties for at least three months, filing is allowed in either county.
There is also an exception for same-sex couples. Those who married in California but live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage can file a divorce in the California county where they married.
Paternity in California
While children born in a marriage are presumed to be the biological children of the marriage, unmarried fathers are not assumed to be the fathers of their children even if they are on the birth certificate. Therefore, unmarried fathers or mothers need to establish parentage or paternity of their children.
To establish parentage, either a parent voluntarily signs a declaration stating they are the biological parent of a child or the court determines part of a parentage case. After doing so, that parent assumes all rights and responsibilities to their child(ren), including custody, visitation, and financial support.
The court must make a parentage finding to order and enforce child support payments. A court order permits an unmarried father to pursue the legal right to custody and visitation.
California Child Custody
Courts base child custody decisions on the best interests of the child and the custodial parent’s ability to care for the child. Along with the best interests and the custodial parent’s ability to care for the child, the court considers the following factors:
- The age of the child;
- The health of the child;
- The emotional ties between either parent and the child;
- The ability of the parents to care for the child;
- Any history of any family violence or substance abuse; and
- The child’s ties to the school, home, and community.
There are two types of child custody, physical custody, and legal custody. Legal custody issues pertain to the child’s healthcare, schooling, and religious upbringing. Physical custody is the child’s actual domicile.
California courts do not favor either parent’s sex when awarding child custody. Custody is not awarded based on marital status, physical disability, lifestyle, sexual orientation, or religion.
Child Support in Mountain View, California
Parents are under an obligation to support their children until they reach the age of 18, become emancipated, or are otherwise self-supporting.
The purpose of child support is to keep a child’s lifestyle from changing too much due to the divorce. Child support is for the child’s needs, including, but not limited to:
- Medical expenses;
- School expenses; and
- Extracurricular activities.
Child support payments are monthly by wage assignment unless otherwise agreed by the parents. Wage assignments may be through the state for ease of administration and tracking. State involvement eliminates any need for parental contact.
Schedule Your Consultation with the Marin County Family Law Professionals at The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.
At The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., our legal team is composed of experienced, committed, and dedicated attorneys. We are determined to help you achieve a favorable result in any family law issue. Our Firm of professionals understands the difficulties and confusion that the majority of family law cases present.
We will strive to provide you with the knowledge, communication, attention, and dedication you expect and deserve. We will aggressively fight to win successful results for you.
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