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Community Property.

One of the objectives of the divorce process is to divide your property. In California, property is divided according to community property law. This means that all property that is acquired during marriage will be divided equally between you and your spouse equally – unless it was a gift or inheritance, or was acquired before marriage.

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The importance of determining paternity.

A paternity action establishes the parentage of a child. Establishing parentage means determining who are the legal parents of a child. Parentage must be established before a court can order visitation, custody, or child support for a child whose parents were unmarried at the time of his or her birth.

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Custody and visitation rights.

Divorce is confusing and emotional, especially when children are involved. The process of custody & visitation can include mediation, evaluation, and litigation. Using our expertise, we guide our clients through this difficult process.

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Family Law Attorneys

Get the best advice for the best results. Whether you are interested in a premarital agreement, filing for divorce, finally getting your child support, or determining the paternity of your child, Richard E. Bawden and Robert A. Kochis, family law attorneys, can help. With a combined experienced of 40 years, Richard E. Bawden and Robert A. Kochis have proven that their experienced staff and fierce litigation help clients get the best advice for the best results.

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We understand that family law is complex and unfamiliar to those outside of the legal profession. Our goal is to place the client first and provide aggressive, no nonsense, quality legal representation at an affordable price. While we gear the conduct of legal matters toward early resolution and…
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Free Education: Divorce Steps

Divorce Process

The following is a summary of steps that will take place concerning a dissolution of marriage action. Please be aware that not all of the issues addressed may apply to your particular case. Once the Petition for Dissolution has been filed and served, the following orders are in effect and apply to both you and your spouse. Restraining …
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Free Education: Attorney Interview

Attorney Interview

You have made the painful decision to file for divorce. You’re at a loss as to how to move forward with this decision. We recommend that you personally interview an attorney with intentional questions that will educate you to know the specific philosophy and goals of a prospective law firm. The right attorney choice will make a huge difference...
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Latest Blog Entries

Digital privacy has been a big story in national politics. While you may not be concerned about the Russians hacking your emails, digital privacy in family law is important. This is especially true where spouses/ex-spouses share computers, cell phones and cloud services. Depending upon the facts of each case, the following is a list of […]

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This is the third in a series of blogs in which I address both common and unique issues parties can face when dividing the marital residence. The focus of this blog is on reimbursements for improvements to real property. Example One: community funds used to improve the separate property of one spouse. Wanda inherits a home […]

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This is the second in a series of blogs in which I will address both common and unique issues parties can face when dividing the marital residence. The focus of this blog in on property acquired by one spouse prior to marriage CP= community funds                            SP = separate property funds Example One- Property acquired prior […]

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