Venue, which County has Jurisdiction?

Venue refers to the proper county within California, that has proper jurisdiction of your family law case.   Generally, proper venue for trial of a marriage divorce proceeding is the county in which either the petitioner or respondent has been a resident for three months preceding the commencement of the proceeding.  (CCP section 395(a)).  However, this […]

Inheritance and Gift Rights

There is a general rule that all income and property acquired during marriage is community property (belongs to both spouses equally). However, if a spouse receives a gift or inheritance that becomes the acquiring spouse’s separate property. (California Family Code section 770(a)(2)). We must always look at the donor’s intent when analyzing if it is […]

Foster Parents Legal Rights in Long Beach California (CA) (1 of 2)

In the Juvenile Dependency system, foster parents are the unsung heroes.  They open their homes and take care of children that may not be wanted elsewhere.  They may be scrutinized and criticized but typically do not have legal representation to defend themselves. As a foster parent, you should know some of the basic rights you […]

Determination of Child Support Calculation

Most people have heard of the Dissomaster or the XSpouse computer programs as the only way to calculate child support payment guidelines. However, the California Department of Child Support Services website has a free support guideline calculator individuals can use to get an estimate of the child support payments. Here is the link: https://www.cse.ca.gov/ChildSupport/cse/guidelineCalculator# Keep […]

The CACI Grievance Review – a 2 Step Process

The procedure to appeal your inclusion on the Child Abuse Central Index is really a 2 step process.  The first step is the grievance hearing conducted by the reporting agency (County).  If you are not successful in having the finding changed, the second step is to file a writ petition in the Superior Court.   […]

Juvenile Dependency issues: Paternity

In re D.P. – Paternity Here’s an interesting Paternity case from the Fourth District.  The Dependency court did not abuse its discretion in denying a man’s request for paternity testing and in finding that he was merely an alleged father, which under the facts of the case, prevented him from establishing parenthood and from obtaining […]

Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) – FAQ (2 of 2)

How do I get off of the CACI? At the time you received the letter stating that you have been listed on the CACI, you should have also received Notice of your Grievance Rights.  Unless a criminal or dependency court has already found the allegations to be true, you have a right to a grievance […]