In my California family-law practice, I am constantly asked if it’s okay for a parent to waive child support. When asked, the reasons for considering waiving child support are as follows: Mom doesn’t want Father to seek custody and visitation; 2) Father asks Mother to not seek child support in consideration of Father not seeking custody or visitation; 3) Mother is afraid Father will not pay spousal support if Mother seeks child support. These are but a few examples of why one or both parents may not ask or seek child support. The purpose of this blog post is to shed light on what the law says regarding child support, to include whether or not a parent is allowed to waive child support. Continue reading →
In my California family law practice, I receive numerous inquiries relating to child custody. Literally, tens of thousands of books can be written just about California child-custody issues. Child-custody inquiries are even higher than divorce inquiries because marriage is not a prerequisite for the creation of little bundles of joy. Because there are so many issues relating to child custody matters, I have decided to write a series of blog posts on this particular issue. This blog post provides an overview of issues the court will consider when making a determination on child custody issues. Continue reading →
This blog post is Part 3 in my 6-part blog series dealing with California custody move-away cases. As stated in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, about 65% of the inquiries I receive in my California Family Law Practice deal with custody matters. Move-away cases are under the family-law umbrella of custody. Part 3 of this blog series focuses on the situation where one parent seeking to move shares joint physical custody of the child and what the California courts do under such circumstances.
At the Law Office of Linda C. Garrett , a California-based family law, consumer and bankruptcy virtual online law practice, I receive numerous calls and inquiries from desperate individuals seeking family-law legal representation, yet having little to no funds to pay an attorney. To illustrate my point, I received two such calls in just the last 24 hours alone! As is always the case, my heart breaks for these folks are in desperate need of legal assistance and because they have no-where else to turn. What other options are available if an individual, in need of legal assistance, cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent their legal interests? An option is legal coaching, a little known type of family-law legal representation. Continue reading →