Author Archives: Monarch Family Law

Are Grandparents Entitled to Visitation Rights?

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Talk about visitation rights usually only extends to the parents of a child, but what non-immediate family, especially grandparents? In some cases, extended family may have visitation rights according to California state law. Given that across the U.S., over 13 million children are living with their grandparents, it’s important to know the rights of grandparents […]

How Can a Parent Lose Visitation Rights?

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If a child’s safety or wellbeing is being threatened by their parent or legal guardian, there is a process that will terminate all visitation rights. This means that not only will they be barred from visiting their child, but they also won’t have a say in how their child is raised. Essentially, all of the […]

How Are Assets Divided in a Divorce?

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When deciding to get a divorce, you’re faced with the challenge of untangling your life from your ex’s, and that includes your finances and other assets. So how do courts decide who gets what in a divorce? What Is Considered an Asset? First, let’s consider what the courts define as an asset.  An asset can […]

How Is Child Support Calculated, and Who Needs to Pay It?

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When parents decide to get a divorce, there are several layers of legal matters that need to be addressed, including child support.  Not every family needs to deal with child support, but for those who do, it’s an important process that can have a big impact on everyone involved. So how is child support calculated? […]

Why Try a Divorce Mediation Attorney?

Divorce mediation can be a great way to come to an agreement with your spouse about the terms of your divorce, without having to go through the costly and time-consuming process of a trial. A divorce mediation attorney can help facilitate the mediation process and ensure that it goes smoothly. What Is Divorce Mediation? Divorce […]

How Can a Family Attorney Help Me?

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A family attorney can be a partner to help you through several family-related legal issues—not just divorce settlements or trials.  If you’re looking for a lawyer who can assist with anything from domestic violence to adoption, a family lawyer can help. What Do Family Attorneys Cover? Family lawyers or attorneys are legal professionals who specialize […]

How to File for Divorce After Legal Separation in California

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Divorce is a difficult process under the best of circumstances. If you are considering to file for divorce after legal separation, there are some important things to keep in mind. Differences between Legal Separation and Divorce California does recognize legal separation, and your rights and protections will be different depending on whether you stick with […]

How Domestic Violence Affects Child Custody in California

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Domestic violence is a delicate topic that the California legal system takes seriously. No matter what side of the dispute you were on, you should be aware of the important information that will impact your child custody hearing.  How to Recognize Domestic Abuse and Violence Far too often, victims think that if they’re not being […]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Divorce

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Predictions at the start of the pandemic forecasted massive spikes in divorce rates as couples were forced to spend more time together, quarantined under stressful circumstances. But while parts of those predictions came true to an extent, there were some other, unexpected effects on divorce and marriage rates during the whole of the pandemic. Here’s […]