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Request for Order [RFO] in California Child Custody Cases

In family law proceedings, a party can request the court intervene on certain issues when an agreement cannot be reached. What is a Request for Order [RFO]? Parents who want an order relating to child custody and visitation must file a request for order (RFO) in order to generate a hearing in California family court. … Read More

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Petition to Determine Parental Relationship – FAQ’s

Getting served with a petition to determine parental relationship can make a parent feel confused and attacked. Technically, if you are listed as the “Respondent” on the petition, you are getting sued! So why is your ex/co-parent suing you and what should you do about it? What is a Petition to Determine Parental Relationship? In … Read More

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How Spousal Privileges May Impact You in California Courts

Can you refuse to testify against your spouse in California? This is California law we are talking about, so, of course, the answer is “it depends.” Under certain circumstances, a married person may invoke a privilege to avoid being compelled to testify against their spouse and/or to prevent their spouse from providing incriminating information against … Read More

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Can a Mother Withhold a Child From the Father in CA?

Family Code § 3010 provides that without court orders saying otherwise, both legal parents are equally entitled to custody of their child. The important missing piece of the puzzle is that this only applies to legal parents. So what rights do fathers have before they have established their legal rights?

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