Our family law attorneys provide experienced, aggressive representation in a wide range of family law matters. By focusing exclusively on this specific area of law, our lawyers not only posses an in-depth understanding of current laws, but work to stay abreast of any changes or updates in the law that may affect your case. We practice in the same local courtrooms on a regular basis, giving us a familiarity with the tendencies of particular judges, court staff, mediators, opposing counsel, Department of Child and Family Services staff, and the District Attorney’s Child Abduction staff and Domestic Violence staff.
Our attorneys handle all types of family law matters, including:
- Paternity (child outside of marriage)
- Modification of Child Custody
- Modification of Child Visitation
- Child Move Away
- Defense Against Child Move Away
- Child Support
- Modification of Child Support
- Child Support Arrears
- Step Parent Adoption
- Grandparent Adoption
- Grandparent Visitation Rights
- Name Change of Minor
- Name Change
- Domestic Violence
- Spousal Battery/Abuse
- Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
- Defense Against Restraining Orders
- Kick Out of Residence Orders
- Defense Against Kick Out of Residence Orders
- Civil Harassment Orders
- Defense Against Civil Harassment Orders
Below is additional information on selected areas of our family law practice
Divorce, Division of Property & Spousal Support
Our attorneys regularly assist clients with divorce proceedings, and is experienced at handling all related issues, including property division and spousal support. California is a community property state, so all property and assets acquired and income earned during the marriage is considered the property of both spouses. Additionally, any spousal support or alimony awarded by the court can prove to be a source of conflict. For more information about divorce in California, please see our divorce/spousal support page.
Child Custody, Visitation, and Paternity
When children are involved in a divorce proceeding, the parents need to make arrangements for where the children will live, who will make important decisions on their behalf, and when they will see each parent. Child custody and visitation issues may also arise in cases where a couple is not married at the time a child is born and questions arise as to paternity. A legal parent has the right to custody and/or visitation as well as a legal obligation to provide child support. For more information about child custody, visitation issues, and establishing paternity, please see our child custody/support page.
Parents are legally required to support their children. Child support issues often arise in the context of a divorce or legal separation, but may also arise in other contexts, such as where paternity is contested. To learn more about child support issues, please see our child custody/support page.
There are several types of adoption in California, including stepparent adoption, where the spouse of a child’s parent legally adopts a child, grandparent adoption, as well as independent, agency, and international adoptions. Where legal adoption is unsuccessful, other related issues may arise, such as grandparent visitation rights and guardianships. For more information, please see our adoptions page.
Domestic violence, also sometimes referred to as spousal abuse or battery, involves abuse between people who have an intimate or familial relationship. Domestic violence arrests and convictions can carry significant criminal penalties, as well as have serious implications for the outcome of family law matters such as a divorce, child custody, visitation, and support proceedings. Morgan Law Firm has experts in both family law and criminal defense, and can assist clients with all aspects of a domestic violence case. For more information about domestic violence and related restraining orders, please see our domestic violence page.