Laguna Niguel Child Custody Lawyer

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Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Niguel spousal support.

Long-term Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Niguel 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.

Laguna Niguel Divorce Lawyer

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

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

About Laguna Niguel, CA

More than 1/3 of Laguna Niguel is considered open space. One of the key features that define the urban form and character of the community is this considerable amount of open space. The City has the new Niguel Soccer and Skate Park as well as two small county parks, two county regional parks, one dog park, three mini parks, 23 neighborhood parks, and two community parks.

The Spanish word Laguna, which translates from Spanish into lagoon, is where the name Laguna Niguel came from. A JuaneƱo Indian village was named Nigueli that was once located close to Aliso Creek is where the name Niguel came from. Several rancheros were built in southern California when California became Mexican territory in 1821. One of these rancheros was called Rancho Niguel and was mainly used to raise sheep. A resident of San Juan Capistrano named Juan Avila was granted the land from the Mexican government in 1842 and was the first private landowner of the region. In 1848, after California became a territory of the United States, Juan Avila was successfully reestablished the title to his land. Up until 1865, he remained the owner of Rancho Niguel. The land of Rancho Niguel became part of a company that would eventually control more than 19,000 acres of ranch land in the area called the Moulton Company in 1895.

In 1959, Cabot, Cabot, and Forbes established the Laguna Niguel Corporation, which is the genesis of the current Laguna Niguel. Laguna Niguel was one of California's first master planned communities. The company of Victor Gruen and Associates was given the task of developing a detailed community plan for the approximate 7,100 acres of land. In 1961, in the Laguna Terrace and Monarch Bay subdivisions, the sale of land began occurring. In 1971, the community developer, Avco received the Laguna Niguel Plan and started the development of the original master plan.

The Laguna Niguel Homeowners Association, which eventually became the Community Council for Laguna Niguel, served as an advisor to the board of Supervisors for the County of Orange on issues regarding land use in the early years of developing Laguna Niguel.

The residents of Laguna Niguel became enamored with the idea of cityhood and wanted local government so they formed the Community Services District in 1986. On November 7, 1989, some three years later, 89% of the residents voted in favor of incorporation. Laguna Niguel became the 29th city in the County of Orange on December 1, 1989.

Located in nearby Anaheim, CA visitors can enjoy the original Walt Disney Theme Park. Having been there for nearly 50 years, visitors still greet old friends such as Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse as well as making new friends, too.

Visitors to the Laguna Niguel area can also enjoy Casa Romantica in nearby San Clemente. This 1928 estate overlooks the San Clemente pier and was the home of Ole Hanson, the community's founder. The renovated 2.4 acre estate features diverse cultural and educational opportunities, special events, musical attractions, literary symposia, and historic exhibitions that that encourage visitors to explore the reality and romance of the southern California experience.

More than two centuries ago, the birthplace of the County of Orange, Mission San Juan Capistrano, was founded. These days, it is a monument to multi-cultural history of California with its European, Mexican, Spanish, and Native American heritage.

Free Initial Consultation

Our law office would like to hear your concerns about the family law issues that are arising. Contact us anytime for an initial complimentary consultation. We generally answer the phone during non-business hours within reason, and we will get back to you promptly if we are unavailable. Addressing family law issues promptly is critical. Our office will advocate for a fair outcome if you allow us to earn your trust.

Regain Peace of Mind

Our family law attorneys understand how difficult it is when one parent unjustifiably withholds children from the other parent or communicates a desire to move away with the children to another state or county. Obtaining child custody orders from the court will prohibit a parent from taking unjustifiable action. Also, our divorce attorneys know how important it is to divide community property, and to establish or defend against spousal support and child support. Rely on us to zealously argue for a fair and just outcome.

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