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Whittier Child Custody

Whittier Child Custody Lawyer


Whittier 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 Whittier 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 Whittier spousal support.

Long-term Whittier 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 Whittier 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.

Whittier Divorce Lawyer


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

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

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    Serving clients throughout Orange County and LA County, including Downey, El Monte, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, La Mirada, La Puente, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Fullerton, Long Beach and Whittier.

    Our Whittier law firm handles the following California cases: Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation, Collaborative Law and Mediation, Community Property Division, Contested Divorce, Domestic Partnership Termination, Family Court Orders, High Net-Worth Divorce, Marital Property Division, Military Divorce, Move-Always and Child Relocation, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Spousal Support and Uncontested Divorce

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