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California divorce lawyer, California mediation attorneyThankfully, the United States and California have come a long way when it comes to marriage regulations. Now for most circumstances, no matter the makeup of your current romantic relationship, you are legally able to marry. The process is much the same as a marriage and provides the same benefits, which is why so many couples are choosing to make their relationship legally recognized through domestic partnership.

The Benefits

California state statutes say,

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California divorce lawyer, California family law attorneyAs parents, we try to do everything in our power to protect our children. In California state law, the determination of custody and visitation schedule revolves solely on what is in the best interest of the child. However, past a certain age, the child begins to have a significant amount more weight in the decision-making process, especially when it comes to child custody and visitation.

When the Child Decides

As parents, we know what is best for our children. However, there comes the point in their life when they begin to have wants, needs, and opinions that may differ from ours. It is a part of the growing up process, and our children will inevitably reach this point as we did with our parents. That age is different for each person, so who determines at what age this is an age appropriate decision? A few years ago, California resolved the dispute by setting guidelines for which to follow. According to California Family Code 3042, consideration will be given to the preferences of the child if:

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Californian family law attorney, California custody lawyerWhen it comes to our children, we all strive to be the best parent we can be. We want the perfect house, a successful career, and to see our kids grow up to become self-sufficient and one day has a family of their own. These life goals do not stop once we divorce our spouse. Additionally, from a child’s point-of-view, the only thing they want is to know they are loved and supported by both parents, regardless of their feelings for each other. Based on this understanding, the first right of refusal is a clause found in many child custody arrangements.

What is the first right of refusal?

Whether it is for a 12-hour work shift or a night out with friends, not all parents have the ability to be with their children 24-hours a day, every single day. The First Right of Refusal (FROR) concept in California means that if one parent is unable to be with the child, the other parent is the first person contacted to watch the child. This right is afforded in the child custody agreement and is applicable to both planned and unplanned events. Parents utilizing this clause enjoy the benefits of:

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California mediation attorney, CaIifornia annulment lawyerAnnulment is a term many people have heard, but in legal practice annulments are rare. Still, if your marriage qualifies for an annulment, it could change many things about the dissolution of your marriage.

An annulment is granted when the parties wish to end their marriage, and a court determines that the marriage was never valid and never existed. A divorce is granted when the parties wish to end their marriage, and the marriage was validly entered into.

A marriage can always be annulled if there is incest or bigamy. Incest happens when spouses are close blood relatives. Bigamy is when a spouse is already married to someone else when he or she marries a second time.

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Posted on in Mediation

California mediation attorney, Califorina family law attorneyMost couples do not intentionally enter a marriage knowingly believing it will result in divorce. Therefore, it stands to reason that your divorce taught you that everything could change from plans and circumstances and even people themselves. Due to this certain phenomenon, it is likely that after a divorce agreement has settled, either through mediation or litigation, that there will need to be a post-judgment modification. Hopefully, the alteration will not be necessary for a decade or more. However, it is possible that a change request may be needed months after the issuance of the decree.

How Soon Can We Make Changes?

During a dissolution of marriage, circumstances and needs are the groundwork for deciding the outcome. If the situation has shifted in any direction, it is imperative that modification is requested as soon as possible to avoid conflict and ensure the ability to comply with court orders. Although a judge will not make changes to decisions regarding asset division, the commonly renegotiated terms are:

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