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Tustin Child Custody

Tustin Child Custody Lawyer


Tustin child custody has two parts under California law: physical custody and legal custody. Joint custody allows the parents to have joint physical custody and joint legal custody. However, the court can award joint legal custody, and not award joint physical custody. Under physical custody, one parent may be granted sole physical custody where the child would reside with and be supervised by one parent. Under joint physical custody orders, the parents share physical custody, and the law ensures that the child have frequent and continuing contact with both parents.

Sole legal custody allows one parent the right and responsibility to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of the child. Joint legal custody allows both parents to share these rights and responsibilities. California law does not establish a preference for sole or joint custody in contested proceedings.

There are considerations the law establishes in making Tustin child custody awards. Public policy of California is to ensure the minor children frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Also, custody orders must be made according to the child's best interest. Domestic violence and a history of abuse will be considered by the court in determining the child's best interest. Move-away/relocation cases arise when one parent seeks to move to another jurisdiction. The court must evaluate the child's need for stability and continuity. Move-away/relocation cases are generally hotly contested.

Spousal Support/Alimony Lawyer


California spousal support can be temporary and long-term. Temporary support can be awarded while a dissolution or legal separation is pending. The court may award an amount depending on he party's need and he payer's ability to pay. Judges typically use the support software when ordering temporary Tustin spousal support.

Long-term Tustin spousal support may be ordered by the court in any amount, and for any period of time that the court deems just and reasonable. In making a determination for support, the court must base its decision on the marital standard of living. The court must also consider the extent to which each party's earning capacity will maintain the standard of living established during the marriage. The complete list of factors the court must consider are found in California Family Code section 4320.

Limited Scope Representation


California attorneys are allowed to provide Tustin limited scope representation to clients involved in family law and civil cases since it was approved by the Judicial Council. Many parties to family law and civil litigation actions would like the help of an attorney for parts of their cases, even if they cannot afford full representation. Attorneys may appear at court hearings even if the attorney did not prepare the legal paperwork. In contrast, attorneys can prepare legal paperwork, but do not have to appear in court if the cause of action actually gets to the point of having court dates. Most people find that having an advocate at the court hearing helps alleviate additional stress that is naturally created with litigation.

Tustin Divorce Lawyer


A Tustin divorce is more than the end of a marriage. How the issues are addressed will affect your life and impact your loved ones. Family dynamics and finances are complex. When confronted with a divorce, the future feels uncertain and overwhelmingly complex.

You need a Tustin divorce lawyer that is well versed in California State divorce laws. We are accomplished, experienced, and compassionate Tustin divorce lawyers, able to handle the most complex and involved cases.

With Tustin Divorce Lawyer Joe Torri on your side, you can move forward with confidence and breathe a sigh of relief.

About Tustin, CA


Tustin is sometimes called The City of Trees. The distinctive quality of the Tustin region actually dates back to the early time of the Spanish explorers, although the nickname is due to the variety of trees in the area. In 1769, the Portola Expedition arrived with the first Europeans in Orange County. This expedition, which included a small contingent of army personnel and two padres, was determined to establish a series on missions all over California. In 1776, the region from Red Hill to Santiago Creek was identified by the Spanish Grijalva scouting party. There were numerous very large sycamore trees that had white bark at that time. Although, these days, they are located on private property, three of these large trees still exist.

When the Spanish first arrived in the region, the Native Indians who lived in the area spoke a dialect of the Shoshone language. Although it is known that there had been a gathering place or Indian village located around Red Hill, the archeological studies of today are only piecing together the majority of the Indian culture.

When the Spanish arrived, they changed the mission of the Indians into farm workers who harvested berries and seasonal nuts from fishermen and hunters. These Indians were known as Gabrielino Indians and lived in what is currently known as the Tustin region. They were considered somewhat more sophisticated than the Juaneño Indians according to the European standards of the time.

The availability of a dependable supply of water is what attracted the Indians who were followed by the early settlers and the reason trees grew in this region. Some of this water flowed from the ground from natural artesian wells. In 1810, a man named Juan Pablo Grijalva was also attracted to the water and received a grant for ranching. The property was divided between members of his family during the following generations. However, the property was sectioned off for sale when a dispute between the family over ownership of the property couldn't be resolved in 1868.

Two men named Nelson Stafford and Columbus Tustin bought 1,300 acres of what had once been the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana for $1.50 an acre. Although in the early 1870's he wound up giving lots away for free to anybody who wanted a house, Mr. Tustin tried to develop Tustin City.

Santa Ana won the rights to the Southern terminus for the Southern Pacific railroad over Mr. Tustin in 1877. In 1883, Mr. Tustin passed away and was bitterly disappointed. However, his namesake community was eventually established as an agriculture center as a result of the abundance of water. There was a trolley line, a bank, a hotel, and three churches by the 1880's. Groves of walnuts and apricots were being replaced with Valencia Oranges, which were more profitable, by the turn of the century.

The voters decided to incorporate Tustin in 1927 with a population of 900 people. Three military bases were established in nearby unincorporated areas such as bean fields close to Tustin during WW II. The growth of Tustin started in earnest during the 1950's. Numerous people were attracted to the post war industries, quality schools, and freeways. The population of Tustin had increased to 32,000 people by 1970 and orchards were developed by builders. Orange grooves were starting to be replacing with homes. Grove after grove was replaced with tract after tract.

Between 1955 and 1965, annexations were a major issue. As a result of annexations, the population of the community increased 220% in the 1950's. During the 1960's, the population increased again to 22,313 people from 2,006 people which was an amazing 1,012%. Also as a result of annexations, the land area increased to 2,214 acres from 434 acres which was 410%. Between 1971 and 1981, there were many large annexations that significantly increased the land area of the community by as much as 4,333 acres.

These days, Tustin is an urban region and nearly all of the orchards have disappeared. Nevertheless, there are still some historic old buildings that date back to the 1880's that are maintained on El Camino Real and Main Street in Old Town. Tourists can visit the museum that depicts a living history of those olden times. Everywhere there are still trees, trees, and more trees that line the streets of Tustin, The City of Trees.



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