Key Issues in Family Law

The most common Family Law matter for those seeking a lawyer is the divorce or "Dissolution of Marriage.”


Within Dissolution proceedings, the Family Law Court must address property rights between the parties, custody & visitation issues with children (if any), child & spousal support (as appropriate), and address the parties' debt and (of course) address attorney fees (One unique aspect of Family Law cases is that a party may be ordered to pay the other side's attorney fees solely on the basis that they CAN, and the other party cannot.) NEVER fail to see a lawyer because your spouse controls all of the money. Experienced Family Law attorneys see this often and know what to do. Other Family Law cases commonly litigated are Legal Separations, Parentage (Paternity) actions, and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders.


Like a Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage, a "Legal Separation" addresses the same issues of property division, custody, and support - except that the parties are not restored to "Single" status. Given the state of the law in California, when it comes to the complexity and cost of handling your case, there is very little distinction between a full divorce and a Legal Separation . However, there still may be a number of very good reasons (jurisdictional, economic, or social) to file for a Legal Separation rather than a divorce. Another growing area in the San Diego Family Law Courts are Parentage (Paternity) cases, those focused on children whose parents were never married. Domestic Violence is not a new problem.  It is, however,  an area with rapid growth and change in both the law and the number of cases in which Domestic Violence is an issue.


The impact of your Family Law case will last for years, often decades. Whatever issue, or  issues, for which you find yourself in the Family Court, you should consult a Family Law Attorney (Raskin Law Office or another experienced attorney); there is simply too much at stake.

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