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California mediation attorneyGray divorce - those involving spouses over age 50 - are on the rise in the U.S. Among this group, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Among spouses 65 and older, the divorce rate has tripled in the same period of time.

Experts say that baby boomers, who as a group experienced marital instability earlier in life, are contributing to the rising divorce rate in this age group as subsequent marriages tend to be less stable than first marriages.

Divorces among these population groups often focus on certain types of issues due to the station in life that the spouses find themselves in. Mediation with a qualified Saratoga divorce attorney can be a great fit for those going through a gray divorce for several reasons.

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California custody lawyerIf you and your ex cannot agree on a child custody schedule, a court will get involved to make one. When making this determination, California law instructs that courts must consider the best interest of the child.

This means that the desires of the parents are not given much weight, except as to how they relate to the child’s best interest. Also, it should be noted that this calculus is related only to physical custody not legal custody. Legal custody refers to the rights of the parents to make all critical decisions that affect the child's life.

The law further outlines what factors should be weighed in deciding what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child. Your Campbell family law attorney can discuss the specific circumstances in your case, but generally, these factors include:

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Posted on in Paternity

California paternity attorneyIn California, having a legal mother and father can be very beneficial to a child. But not every child is born to a family with a legal father. California recognizes a child’s legal paternity if the parents are married at the time of the child’s birth, or if the father is living with the mother and child in a family-like situation and demonstrates a commitment to the child. But if California does not automatically recognize a child’s paternity, there are two ways to establish it. A Sunnyvale paternity attorney can help.

Voluntary Declaration of Paternity

If a child’s mother and father wish to voluntarily establish the child’s paternity, they may sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity (VDP) form, acknowledging that they are the child’s parents. If the mother gives birth in a hospital, the hospital will provide her with the form, and, if the father signs at the hospital, his name will be put on the child’s birth certificate. If the parents sign the VDP later, a new birth certificate, including the father’s name, can be issued.

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Posted on in Child Support

California family lawyerWhen a noncustodial parent has refused, month after month, year after year to come forth with child support payments, many parents despair in their belief that nothing more can be done--that they will simply have to continue on struggling to pay for health care costs and college savings. However, this is not necessarily true. An experienced Los Gatos child support attorney may be able to offer you a solution to a problem that you have unfortunately been dealing with for years: collecting back child support

What Is Back Child Support?

Back child support is unpaid child support that has collected over the months or years. According to CNN, over $100 billion is owed in the form of back child support across the country. With interest, it is not uncommon for a single mother to be owed $10,000, $20,000, or much more if the delinquent payments have been going on for years. Common excuses for noncustodial parents to use for lack of payment include:

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California divorce lawyerTo get a divorce in California, only one spouse needs to request it. California is a no fault divorce state, meaning one spouse can file for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, and the divorce will be granted. While most states have a no fault divorce option, some states allow parties to cite a reason for the marriage dissolution, such as infidelity or cruelty.

Because California allows for marriages to end without spouses giving a specific reason and based on one spouse’s desires alone, it is possible to divorce someone who you cannot locate. California law recognizes that due to the nature of divorces, a spouse may not know where to find the other spouse. Thus, California has a statutory procedure for serving court papers, when the address of the opposing party is unknown.

Service of Process Procedure

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