The Divorce and Family Law Practice of Bawden & Kochis
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.
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.
Bawden & Kochis Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
Bawden & Kochis, are family law attorneys specializing in divorce, legal separation, spousal support, child support, domestic violence and community property. Richard E. Bawden and Robert A. Kochis have a combined experience of over 40 years in family law.
Whether you are interested in a premarital agreement, mediation, filing for divorce, finally getting your child support, or determining the paternity of your child, Bawden & Kochis prove that fierce litigation and experience gets the best advice for the best results. Simply call to set your initial conference.
Why Choose Us?
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…
Free Education: Divorce Steps
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 …
Free Education: 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...
Latest Blog Entries
In my April 2016 blog I discussed imputation of income when one spouse is unemployed, underemployed or has voluntarily reduced his/her income. The focus of this blog is on how the Court determines all income available to pay child support and spousal support. Parties are required to file a current Income and Expense declaration […]Read more...
A recent article by Justin O’Connell in Issue 2 of the 2017 Family Law News contains a detailed discussion of the confidentiality of settlement discussions. To paraphrase the article, I believe we can all agree that the Family Law courts encourage settlement and most parties want a result they can agree to. However, where settlement […]Read more...
This is the final in a series of blogs in which I addressed issues parties in a divorce can face when dividing the marital residence. The focus of this blog is on selling the marital residence after a Petition for Dissolution of marriage has been filed. Because of the Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATROS) that […]Read more...