Santa Ana Child Custody Lawyer

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Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana spousal support.

Long-term Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana 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.

Santa Ana Divorce Lawyer

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

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

About Santa Ana, CA

In July 1769, the valley where Santa Ana is located was discovered. This occurred during a Franciscan expedition that was being led by a man named Don Gaspar Portola. Saint Anne is the namesake of Santa Ana and was christened with that name by the explorers and also gave the name Santa Ana to the river flowing through the valley.

Sometime later, Father Junipero, who was a member of the Portola party, established a chain of Franciscan missions that are still standing. The El Camino Real, also known as the King's Highway, passes through the Santa Ana Valley and connected all of the missions.

A soldier named Antonio Yorba, who was another member of the Portola party, and a man named Juan Peralta, who was his nephew, received a land grant from Span between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the Santa Ana Canyon. The land was used land for cattle grazing and was developed sometime later into an irrigation system that was fed by water from the Santa Ana River. The land was very rich and the region soon had many ranches established in the valley and then became a center for agriculture.

There was a large increase in the population as a result of the California Gold Rush in 1849. During the Civil War, there was another increase in the population. The large ranches in the valley were subdivided and many of the newcomers bought them. Many of these newcomers had established the communities of Tustin, Orange, and Santa Ana.

In 1869, the history of Santa Ana's history started when a man named William Spurgeon bought 70 acres from the heirs of Mr. Yorba and drew up a plan for the new community. This new community was named Santa Ana because the land was close to the Santa Ana River and it had also been part of the Santiago de Santa Ana ranch.

The new community soon became rather prosperous. Within its boundaries there were numerous residences and stores and there was also twice a week mail delivery. The favorable climate and fertile soil allowed the cultivation of many different crops and it wasn't long before farms were established all over the valley. As a result of the fact that it was centrally located in the valley the community was a natural market for the crops that were produced in the surrounding area that is currently known as the County of Orange. Therefore, Santa Ana became a commercial center. The population again increased and the community developed further in 1877, when transportation by rail transport came to the region. The year 1886 brought the incorporation of Santa Ana as a city. Santa Ana was named the county seat and the County of Orange was separated from the County of Los Angeles in 1889.

As industry moved into the region there was additional development as a result of WW II. By 1900, the population of Santa Ana increased from about 9,000 people to almost 210,000 people by 1950. In 1952 a council/managed form of government was established by city charter. Santa Ana has become a governmental and financial center of the County of Orange since WW II.

During the 1980's, efforts were started to revitalize and restore the community, particularly the downtown area. The community has become known for its Main Place shopping center and historic downtown as a result of those efforts. The main place shopping center has created numerous jobs in the center of the community. The 21st century residents of Santa Ana enjoy being the governmental and financial center of the County of Orange as well as ethic and cultural diversity.

 Joseph Torri, Attorney at Law is no longer accepting new clients. Also, Mr. Torri is not offering a free initial consultation.

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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