For many young people, it is simply not practical or safe to remain in their parents' custody. This may be the case for a number of reasons, from financial and educational reasons to matters of individual autonomy. Minors who pursue emancipation enjoy many privileges of adulthood, but may also face more responsibilities and legal consequences than other minors.
Thinking about family law, you might think about divorce and child custody. While those do make up the vast majority of the cases that run through this area of practice, there are many other facets that you should know about. In a recent blog post, we discussed emancipation of minors. This is one of the lesser thought of things that family law encompasses.
While many parents and children choose to remain in their traditional roles until the child leaves the home, this is not always the case. In some instances, a legal minor may wish to emancipate him or herself from parents, either for professional or personal reasons. This is not terribly common in all areas of the country, it is still a regular part of family law.
Choosing to care for children in the foster care system is special privilege and responsibility that very few individuals ever experience, despite the great need for more foster families throughout California and the country as a whole. If you believe that serving as foster parents with your significant other or as a single person may be a good fit, you should make sure that you fully understand the requirements you must meet and the difficulties you may face.
When a court determines the amount of spousal support you must pay as part of your divorce order, it is based on the specific details of your income and ongoing expenses. However, these elements tend to change over time, and not always for the better. If life has taken a turn and now your spousal support obligations are more of a burden, you may consider requesting that the court modify your spousal support order to something more manageable.
You did it. You weathered the storm and now your divorce is final. Unfortunately, in some cases, the finalization of a divorce is not the end of the fight for a just resolution. Some people choose to flout a divorce decree and put the other parties in a position where they must fight for what the court already declared they should have. In these circumstances, what options do you have to compel your ex-spouse to comply with the divorce order?
If your divorce entailed a spousal support order and your income has changed significantly since then, you may be carrying a burden that you cannot sustain. For thousands of people throughout the country, spousal support orders become unfeasible to comply with once their income decreases or their expenses expand well beyond what they were when the order was handed down.
Any time a couple with children divorces, there is an unavoidable amount of strain to the parent-child relationships, as well as many opportunities for children to suffer great emotional harm throughout the process.
There are many facets of family law. Each of these facets have one common denominator -- the family unit is impacted by what happens. All family law issues have to be handled delicately. In some cases, trying to work things out with the other side can produce preferable results. We know that you might not be sure what can be done about a situation, so we are here to help you learn about your options.
Family law in California is a complex matter, much more so than many people realize. This is particularly true when it comes to marriage, and some of the laws that govern who can and cannot marry.