The purpose of child support is to ensure that children have adequate financial resources for the expenses they incur. It's a way to balance the costs and obligations of parents based on the amount of time they spend with the children and their ability to support themselves and the children.
While there are some states in the country that don't have laws on the books that protect a grandparent's right to visitation with their grandchild, here in Riverside, their right to this is protected by California Family Code sections 3100-3015.
When couples fight constantly about anything and everything, it could be a sign that something is wrong. However, the constant fighting isn't necessarily a signal that divorce is imminent. According to psychologists, it's when another issue is introduced to the relationship that couples may begin to tumble down the slippery slope to divorce.
A new law having to do with how pets are handled in a divorce went into effect in California on Jan. 1. Judges are now allowed to consider what's in the best interest of a pet and to approve shared custody plans for them if it's deemed appropriate. Prior to the law going into effect, domestic animals were seen as marital property that needed to be divided up just like a house, car or any assets when a couple divorced.
A resident of California who is being harassed, threatened, sexually or physically abused or stalked may find that taking out a protective order is one way to try to keep the person responsible at a safe distance. Protective orders can be taken out against a variety of individuals, including family members and those living in the same home.