Can a father of a child get custody when he has never been married to the mother of the child?

By: Wallin & Klarich

There are a couple of ways that an unwed father can establish legal paternity to get custody and visitation of his child through the court system. Even when there is no dispute as to biological paternity, legal paternity must be established. When an unmarried woman gives birth to a child the woman and the man …

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Divorce: A Sentence (or Lottery) of Lifetime Spousal Support?

By: Wallin & Klarich

The California Family Code differentiates marriages that last for ten years or longer and marriages that last for less than ten years. Many Californians believe that this distinction means that, if a marriage lasts for ten years or longer, then the payer of spousal support (called the supporting party) must continue paying spousal support for …

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Child Custody – Clearing up the Confusion

By: Wallin & Klarich

There has recently been a great deal of confusion concerning physical and legal custody of children upon divorce. At the conclusion of a divorce proceeding, parties commonly come to a stipulation or agreement where they will share both physical and legal custody of children, but rarely do they know what they are exactly getting into. …

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