Family Law

Recent Posts in Family Law

  • 16-Oct-2019

    ICE Targets Marriage Interviews to Detain Immigrant Spouses for Deportation

    One of the most significant methods of immigrating to the United States is through the sponsorship of a close family member who is already a U.S. citizen. Under federal immigration law, spouses, children, and parents of a U.S. citizen have priority ...
  • 30-Sep-2019

    Understanding Quasi-Community Property

    What Is Quasi-Community Property? If you think “quasi-community property” is one of those technical-sounding terms of legal jargon that was invented to confuse people, you wouldn’t be completely wrong. However, quasi-community has a ...
  • 23-Sep-2019

    What's the Difference Between Temporary and Final Support Orders

    Legal proceedings for divorce can take a long time, depending on the circumstances specific to the case at hand. Divorce proceedings can last anywhere between a few months to several years. During that time, it may be necessary to address urgent ...
  • 26-Aug-2019

    Evidentiary Privileges in California

    The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States constitution, an individual may not be compelled to be a witness against themselves in a criminal proceeding. California has a corresponding provision to its ...
  • 22-Jul-2019

    Frequently Asked Questions About Emancipation

    Q: What Is an “Emancipated Minor?” An emancipated minor is an individual under the age of 18 who a court deemed to be capable of enjoying similar rights and privileges as adults. As a result, the civil disabilities that restrict ...
  • 29-Apr-2019

    Gavel for Hire: The Underground World of Private Judges

    California’s underfunded and overwhelmed public courts have been a major issue for the state’s ability to administer justice, particularly for family law matters. According to the Judicial Council of California’s 2018 Court ...
  • 28-Feb-2019

    Understanding California's Proposed Child Support Evader Law

    A child support order is a civil judgement that dictates when and how often a parent is required to pay child support. California has very strict laws when it comes to issuing and enforcing child support orders. In fact, the court won’t even ...
  • 14-Jan-2019

    Enforcing Your Out-Of-State Protection Order in California

    Domestic violence is a national epidemic that harms countless American citizens each year. Like all states, California issues protective and restraining orders to protect individuals and families from physical, sexual, and psychological violence or ...
  • 31-Aug-2018

    Important Information for Legal Guardians

    The following is an overview of frequently asked questions regarding legal guardianship in California. Question: What is a Legal Guardian? Answer: A legal guardian is an individual who are assigned to be the primary caretaker to a minor child or ...
  • 19-Jun-2018

    Everything You Should Know About Common Law Marriage & Palimony

    In the United States, common law marriage has been in existence since the 19 th century. While it might sound archaic, it’s actually still around in one form or another in over a dozen states including Colorado, Texas and Alabama. Here’s ...
  • 29-May-2018

    Can Online Dating Affect Your Divorce?

    Nearly everyone in the U.S. has access to the internet and uses it to video chat with friends, vent about work on social, stream movies illegally, or even find a date through any number of apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid. The options are ...
  • 17-Apr-2017

    7 Signs of Parental Alienation Syndrome

    During a divorce, lifestyle shifts can impact a child’s sense of balance and wellbeing. He or she may push away one parent or another as they struggle with trust issues. If this behavior is persistent, it is called Parental Alienation Syndrome ...
  • 12-Dec-2016

    Tips for Coping with Divorce During the Holidays

    While the holidays are traditionally a time of family get-togethers and joyful celebration, this time of year can be particularly rough for individuals who have recently divorced. In addition to magnifying feelings of loneliness, the holidays can ...
  • 26-Aug-2016

    Why Prenuptial Agreements Are Important

    If wedding bells are in your near future, you are probably both overwhelmed and excited about the changes and possibilities that will come with married life. While getting married is undoubtedly a time of celebration, it should also be a time for ...
  • 25-Apr-2016

    The Importance of Preliminary Financial Disclosures

    Dividing assets, debts, and liabilities between divorcing spouses is one of the most important and contentious steps in the divorce process. In order to determine who gets what property, spouses must complete and exchange preliminary financial ...
  • 7-Apr-2016

    An Overview of Interstate Custody Arrangements

    Determining child custody in a divorce can be a contentious and complicated matter in any scenario, especially if a child’s parents live in two different states. When parents involved in a custody battle do not live in the same state, this can ...
  • 29-Feb-2016

    What Is Juvenile Dependency?

    When a child’s safety is called into question, Child Protective Services (CPS) will sometimes step in and remove a child from their parents’ care. This action will often spark a juvenile dependency case to determine if a child’s ...
  • 19-Feb-2016

    Stay Connected with Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich

    At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we pride ourselves on creating long-lasting relationships with the clients that we represent. We know that family law cases, such as divorce, involve some of the most complex and emotionally challenging areas ...
  • 9-Feb-2016

    Why Should I Establish Paternity?

    Is the paternity of your child in question? In the United States, it is crucial that parents legally establish the paternity of their children to ensure they are able to receive key benefits. Many parents do not establish paternity out of fear of the ...
  • 2-Feb-2016

    Is Your Prenuptial Agreement Valid?

    If you have been divorced before, you know how much trouble can arise in even the most amicable of endings. Property division, alimony, child custody and more can all quickly get tangled up in litigation and your word against your spouse’s. ...
  • 25-Jan-2016

    I Can't Afford Child Support! What Should I Do?

    Contrary to popular belief, not all parents who fail to pay child support do so out of spite or abandonment. In fact, many Americans experience this issue, as the United States Census Bureau’s (USCB) 2003 survey indicated that only 45.3% of ...
  • 4-Jan-2016

    Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce

    The thought of the typical divorce is sure to stir up imagery of heated arguments, bitter ends to once-promising relationships, and children feeling isolated or alienated. It can certainly be a trying, harrowing time for even the strongest of ...
  • 30-Dec-2015

    How to Establish Paternity in CA

    In the state of California, there are three different ways that parents can establish the paternity of a child. Establishing paternity is a highly important endeavor, as it can be essential in deciding a man’s rights to visitation and custody, ...
  • 4-Dec-2015

    What Are the Different Approaches to Divorce in CA?

    Choosing a Method that Suits Your Needs There are a variety of methods that a couple can choose when separating. The most significant choice they can make when determining the distribution of assets, debts, and child custody arrangements is whether ...
  • 2-Nov-2015

    What Are the Grounds for Annulment in California?

    Many people erroneously think that an annulment is just another word for a divorce. While both of these legal methods are used to dissolve a marriage, they are not interchangeable terms. Unlike a traditional divorce where you simply end your ...
  • 2-Sep-2015

    Should I Get a Collaborative Divorce?

    Unfortunately, not all married couples live happily ever after. Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce in the United States, with many of them resulting in heated legal battles over the distribution of property and custody agreements. While divorce ...
  • 26-Aug-2015

    Prenuptial vs. Postnuptial Agreements

    While getting married can be a joyous occasion filled with smiles and hope for the future, sadly nearly 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. ultimately end in divorce. If you and your spouse should ever split up, determining who gets what can be a ...
  • 14-Mar-2013

    Custody Disagreements: How the Court Intervenes

    If you and your spouse are not able to agree on custody arrangements regarding your children after your divorce has been filed, then things may get a little difficult for a while. This is because it is often complicated for parents that are ...
  • 14-Dec-2012

    Teen Relationships and Domestic Violence

    Believe it or not, family homes aren’t the only places in which domestic violence occurs. Recent studies are showing that today there are more and more high school relationships that have violent boyfriends. It is important to note that ...
  • 7-Dec-2012

    Preparing Financially for a Divorce

    Going through a divorce is never an easy process, even if you and your spouse are choosing to separate mutually. When filing for a divorce, there are many issues that the couple must sort through, including property, asset, and debt division; spousal ...