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Family Law

In California, a Divorce, also known as Dissolution of Marriage, ends your marriage or domestic partnership. You can ask the judge to make orders regarding division of property, custody, visitation child and spousal support. If you wish to file for a Divorce, you must meet California’s residency requirement by having lived within the state for 6 months and within San Diego County for 3 months. 

Legal Separation
A Legal Separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership. This is for couples who do not want to get divorced but instead want to live apart, but still have the Court make orders on issues relating to property, support, custody, visitation, etc. Plus, you do not need to meet California’s residency requirements.

An Annulment, also known as Nullity of Marriage or Nullity of Domestic Partnership, is when a Court determines that your marriage or domestic partnership is NOT legally valid.

Paternity actions are filed by unmarried fathers or mothers who have a minor child or children together. This action is used for the Court to determine paternity or non-paternity if the father is found not to be the biological father of the minor child or children. This action can be used to make custody, visitation and support orders for the minor child or children, as well.

Order to Show Cause
An Order to Show Cause, sometimes called an OSC, is a motion that can cover many different issues in a Family Law Case.  Dissolutions & Parentage Actions take months sometimes years to fully litigate. In the interim, you can file an OSC to have the Court make Orders for issues that you and the opposing side cannot agree upon; such as: custody, visitation, child/spousal support, attorneys fees, etc.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order
A Domestic Violence Restraining Order is issued to prevent the acts of abuse/violence by a batterer. The act or acts of abuse/violence must be within the last 30 days. You must have also had a close personal relationship with the person you are asking to have restrained.

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