Seal Beach Child Custody Lawyer

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Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach spousal support.

Long-term Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach 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.

Seal Beach Divorce Lawyer

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

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

About Seal Beach, CA

There has always been one constant in the history of Seal Beach among its ups and downs. People always come for the ocean air and the sunshine.

This region was originally inhabited by the Gabrielino Indians who spoke the Shoshone language. They weren't warlike and were a friendly, nomadic people who built enjoyed the mild climate and built winter shacks. They mixed easily with other people who arrived in the area. There was always plenty of food for everybody. Although they were well known for their somewhat proficient basket weaving, the Gabrielinos seem to have existed next to the banks of the San Gabriel River in a state of continual clambake, barbeque, and beach party atmosphere.

The location of the current Rancho Los Alamitos was once the village of Puvungas, which was the center of the legend of the coastal Indians. This Rancho was a portion of the famous California Land Grant by the Spanish. A man named Abel Stearns was granted 200,000 acres of that Rancho that included the current location of Seal Beach in 1862.

Sometime later, a man who was raised on Rancho Los Alamitos, named Fred Bixby, managed, co-owned, and owned managed a million acres in Arizona and California and Arizona, including portions of Seal Beach. Some 90% of the shareholders of the Bixby Ranch Company were Bixby family members, and they still have real estate holdings in Seal Beach. In 1871, a man named I. W. Hellman founded the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Los Angeles. Mr. Hellman was another early landowner in the area.

Mr. Stearns sold much of the Rancho Alamitos land to Mr. Hellman, John Bixby and his cousin, named Jotham Bixby during the late 1800's. Much of the history of Seal Beach is still connected to the names Hellman and Bixby. Originally, the Hellman Ranch was a Spanish land grant that was reportedly bought for three cents an acre.

The German Burghers founded the village of Anaheim following the gold rush during the 1800's. The Burghers used Anaheim Landing close to the location of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, to on load their goods in 1867. They had started spend their pleasant summer days on the coast by the 1870's. It wasn't long before long the location became one of the most popular summer vacation destinations. The still water of the bay was a place where their children could safely swim.

An associate of a man named H. E. Huntington, Mr. Hellman, and Mr. Bixby named C. Ord established the first general store on the corner of what is currently Electric Avenue and Main Street in 1901. During this time the only year round resident was a retired Yankee Civil War veteran. A man named Philip Stanton was another associate of Mr. Ord. He is considered to be the father of Huntington Beach, Stanton, as well as Seal Beach.

Mr. Stanton was a state assemblyman from Los Angeles and had a dream of making the coastal region a famous resort vacation destination. Located at the end of, what at the time, was the longest pier was the Jewel Cafe, where people could enjoy games, dancing, and dining. The Derby roller coaster provided the thrill of a lifetime and there were 50 scintillator lights at the end of the pier that lit up the evening sky.

The year 1915 brought the incorporation of Seal Beach as a city. Hollywood found the new city the ideal location to film movies with its popular attractions and sunny weather. The Ten Commandments was filmed by Cecil B. DeMille in Seal Beach in 1923.

Land developers were busy luring people to come to the region to buy real estate about this time. However, the majority of the land deals failed. Then, the Great Depression came and the many amenities such as the roller coaster and the Jewel Café fell into disrepair and eventually were hauled away.

After that, as the result of a lack of police enforcement, Seal Beach was considered an open town. Old timers still tell stories about the Seal Beach of that era being a place where prostitution could be found in several establishments on Main Street and a drop off point for rum runners during prohibition.

However, in the 1940's during WW II, people started to raise the families in the Seal Beach area with the influx of sailors from the Navy. An organization known as The Good Government Group was formed by some residents and worked hard to remove the less than desirable elements from the community. This effort wasn't taken well by the gambling hall at the Airport Club. During the 1950's gambling was stopped, although it required three elections in one year and 11 recall attempts in five years, which each cost $1,500 to finally close down the Airport Club.

The economic level of the people living in Seal Beach started to increase with several new businesses and the growing aerospace industry. The community started growing. The Marina Hill area came after Old Town, which, in 1964, was followed by College Park West and, in 1965, College Park East was started and, in 1970, was completed.

The Surfside Colony is considered the first beach resort community of its kind on the west coast as it was established in 1929. In 1957, a man named Ross Cortese built a retirement community that is comprised of almost one third of the community's residents known as Leisure World.

During the late 1960's and early 1970's, Seal Beach still had somewhat of an outlaw image. There were many different storefronts boarded up on Main Street. However, the character of Main Street started to change as the community and the times became increasingly more sublime.

These days the population of year round residents is approximately 26,000 people. Seal Beach is considered one of the safest communities in Orange County. Real estate in Seal Beach is continually selling at a premium. The Los Alamitos Unified School District is one of the most celebrated school systems in the state. Seal Beach is also considered one of the best places to raise a family on the coast.

 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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