Family Law covers a range of legal services related to marriage, children and their subsequent relationships. While divorce is by far our most common service, California Document Preparers routinely assists our clients with other Family Law matters.
- Prenuptial Agreement. Prenups are becoming more common as couples postpone marriage until they’ve established their careers. They’ve worked hard to acquire assets and they want to protect them. An estimated 50% of marriages end in divorce, yet people do marry again—and they bring to these new relationships not just assets but dependents. These and other factors set the stage for contracts between couples as they plan their weddings.
- Annulment. The effect of an Annulment will be that your marriage never existed. You must satisfy very specific requirements, in order to have your marriage annulled.
- Name Change. The process for changing your name requires filling out specific court forms, filing them with the court, running an ad in a newspaper indicating your intent to change your name and appearing at a court hearing. We assist you in completing the process.
- Child Custody, Visitation and Support. If you already have an existing dissolution, legal separation, or parentage case and you need your custody and/or support orders to be modified, CDP can assist you.
- Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship. This is a custody/support proceeding for unmarried persons that creates a formal arrangement for taking care of a child. The process involves signing an official Declaration of Paternity that identifies the legal parents of a child. Even if a father can prove he is the biological father of a child, if he was never married to the mother, he does not legally have any rights or responsibilities for the child—parentage must be established.
- Guardianship. A guardianship is a court proceeding in which a judge gives someone, who is not the parent custody of a child, making the individual the Guardian of the Person. If that person or another person also has the power to manage the child’s property, he/she is the Guardian of the Estate. A guardian reports to the court and is responsible for decisions about a child’s needs—food, clothing and healthcare, education, safety and protection.
- Stepparent Adoption. California Document Preparers can assist you in the adoption of an adult or minor child when the spouse of the child’s parent adopts that child. The law also recognizes domestic partners for stepparent adoptions. In both cases, the stepparent assumes the legal rights and responsibilities of the parent/child relationship.
If you have questions about these or other Family Law services, contact us at one of our three Bay Area locations.
Some of these services may only be provided at participating offices