Family Law in Upland, CA
Facing a divorce or family court case?
Family law cases are challenging and require the guidance and direction of a skillful attorney. Most of the clients who come to the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates have never gone through the court process before being faced with their divorce or family law case.
For this reason, the Upland family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates believe in individualized communication with every single client. They can help you successfully address every aspect of your divorce or family law case, whether mediation or litigation is required.
Here are some of the types of cases they have handled throughout their 40 years of collective experience:
The divorce process usually involves disputes over finances, assets, and child custody in addition to the separation of spouses. These factors can often add up to be a confusing legal matter with surprising complications - a fact that explains why even the most experienced divorce attorneys hire outside legal for their own divorces.
Child Custody & Visitation
A judge in a California family court will determine whether one parent or both parents should have custody of their children by considering a set of crucial factors. These considerations help the court to arrive at a ruling for an arrangement that is in the best interest of the child. If one parent believes they should have sole custody of the child, he or she must demonstrate to the court that they are the better parent.
In the event of a divorce, the state of California requires both parents to financially support any children that were a result of that union. Sometimes the parent paying child support - or the parent receiving it - will consider the payment amount to be inequitable. There are laws in place to protect parents in cases where child support is involved, and modifications to these orders can be requested with the help of a lawyer.
The court considers either and / or both actual abuse and threats of abuse in an intimate relationship to constitute domestic violence. Whether you are the victim of domestic violence or have been falsely accused of inflicting domestic violence, it is crucial that you have the legal support and representation you need to protect yourself.
The court will sometimes grant guardianship of a child or of a child's property, such as an inheritance, to an individual other than the child's parents. A guardianship is different from an adoption because the parents of the child still maintain their parental rights, including the right to see the child, and the court oversees the guardian.
Whether because of a religious conviction or another motivation, some couples choose to pursue a legal separation rather than a divorce. A legal separation does not dissolve the marriage or open the door for either spouse to remarry. As with divorce cases, the court can still grant child support and custody, spousal support, domestic violence restraining orders, and visitation orders in a separation case.
Paternity is assumed in a marriage, but outside of marriage it is not. In order to establish the identity of the legal father of a child, either both parents must arrive at a mutual agreement or a paternity test can be administered. Either the mother or the father of a child may pursue legal action in order to prove or disprove the paternity of a child.
Property & Debt Division
Many divorcing couples arrive at an agreement as to the division of their estate and financial obligations independent from a court of law, but they must still have that agreement approved by a judge. Unless this has been done, the property and debt is still considered shared.
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
The Supreme Court's June 2015 ruling on marriage equality means that existing same-sex couples of California have new access to previously unavailable federal benefits. These benefits could potentially change the circustances of a prenuptial agreement, divorce, or other family law matter. The team at the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates is prepared to assist LGBT families dealing with these issues.
In a separation or divorce, a California family law court can award one spouse monthly support (also called alimony) to be paid by the other spouse. The judge will consider a number of factors before granting spousal support. An informed family law attorney can help you understand how to obtain spousal support or can help you defend yourself from having to pay it.
Unlike guardianship, the adoption process establishes a legal parental relationship between a child and the child's adoptive, non-biological mother or father. Stepparent adoption is the most common form of adoption and differs from independent, agency, or international adoption because one birth parent remains the parent of the child.
Contact the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates Today
With decades of collective experience, the Upland divorce attorneys at the firm are here to help pilot you through the complex California legal system while conveying personalized consideration for you and your loved ones during this difficult time. They hold to a strict standard of professionalism and communicate frequently with their clients. Call today for a free case evaluation and rest assured that with the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates, you are in good hands.