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Family Law

Stereotypes about men can potentially affect aspects of divorce proceedings, including child support and property division.

The lawyers at The Dadvocates work with men all over California, helping males receive fair consideration in all family law matters.

Our family law attorneys can work with men going through a divorce in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and other parts of the state.

Why You Need a Family Law Attorney

Knowledge of California Family Law Statutes

Divorce laws are complicated. If you don't have a background in law, navigating the California Family Code can be frustrating. A divorce attorney understands the state's statutes and can help you avoid costly mistakes and meet filing deadlines.

Protect Your Rights as a Father

Fathers can face an uphill fight when it comes to custody and visitation rights. An attorney can help emphasize your importance in your child's life and help advocate for your right to see your child and maintain a nurturing relationship.

Ensure Your Financial Stability

California is a community property state, which means that all earnings during a marriage are divided equally between spouses. An attorney can help you retain the assets that matter most to you, helping you remain financially independent.

Modify Your Support Obligations

Job loss, a medical emergency, or other changes in circumstances could affect your ability to make child support or alimony payments. An attorney can help you seek modification of your child or spousal support obligations to help ensure fairness.

Legal Help for Men All Over the Golden State

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Dads and ex-husbands need legal help to protect their assets and ensure their children have a nurturing and supportive father in their lives. Our lawyers can assist men throughout California.

We proudly serve the following communities and beyond:

  • Bakersfield
  • Berkeley
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey
  • Oakland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Rosa

Contact The Dadvocates Today Speak with a Family Law Attorney

Whether you live in Silicon Valley, Southern California, or Sacramento County, The Dadvocates are here to offer legal guidance. Our lawyers provide invaluable insight to men fighting for child custody and fair visitation schedules. We can also help men address allegations of domestic violence and abuse that can affect divorce proceedings.

Our family law attorneys will help you retain your assets and maintain your relationship with your child.

To speak with skilled attorneys about your family law issue, contact our law firm online. You can also request a consultation by giving us a call.

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818-824-5800

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The Dadvocates represent men all over the state of California.

California Divorce Attorneys Who Fight for Men

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FRANK Garcilaso

2021

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I heard of The Dadvocates on the radio so they were one of my first calls when I needed a attorney for my case. Zachary Reibstein, was the the attorney that was appointed to me I knew after my (FREE) consolation with Zachary, the Dadvocates lined me up with the best attorney for my case. Zachary worked all the in and outs to get my case (FULLY DISMISSED) I could not be happier with the Dadvocates law firm. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a attorney in a criminal or family law matter. Thank you Dadvocates and Mr. Reibstein. Frank.

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Marj Aceves

2019

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I thank you! I can't put into words how grateful I am to Kaitlin Wright. We didn't know what to expect, and Kaitlin not only explained every detail, but listened to every detail as well. She made sure that we understood every aspect before a decision was made and helped guide us to decisions that were made according to the best possible outcome, and not emotion. To add the cherry on top, we walked out of the court feeling as though we are in the best possible hands---and we were. My family will always be grateful. Thank you!

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Same-Sex Divorces

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If you had a same-sex marriage in California and now reside in a state that will not dissolve your marriage, you can file for a divorce in California regardless of residency requirements. However, the divorce must be filed in the same California county in which you were married.

Military Divorce

If you or your spouse are members of the armed forces, your divorce will involve additional complexities that differ from those of non-service members. In addition to serving divorce papers to an active-duty spouse deployed overseas, couples may encounter challenges when it comes to dividing military compensation and benefits and determining custody of children.

The Dadvocates are well-aware of these unique considerations for military service members and their spouses. Our attorneys can walk you through your divorce case so you can avoid mistakes and headaches.

Division of Property

Community Property

While most states provide an equitable distribution of property during a divorce, California is a community property state. That means that all earnings and assets acquired during a marriage belong to both spouses. In a divorce, each spouse gets an equal amount of the marital property, regardless of their financial contribution during the marriage.

Separate Property

Property owned by one spouse before marriage or after a divorce is filed is considered separate property. However, separate property can commingle and become a marital asset. For example, one spouse may have a bank account before marriage, but it becomes marital property if a spouse is able to withdraw from and make deposits into that account.

Retirement Accounts

Retirement accounts can be contentious. Contributions before marriage are considered separate property, while contributions made during a marriage are marital property. Whether it's a 401(k) or IRA, the marital assets can be divided by providing a spouse with a percentage of each pension check or a cash-out of the community share of the account.

Dividing Debts

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Any debts accrued during a marriage similarly belong to both spouses. When dividing marital assets, debts can be used to help ensure the total value of divided assets is equal between the spouses.

Protect Your Assets in a Divorce The Dadvocates Are Here to Help

If you need help keeping your assets during a divorce, our family law attorneys can help. Our lawyers can aid you in retaining complex and high-value assets, ensuring your financial independence after your marriage ends. To get legal advice about keeping your separate property, contact our divorce lawyers online. You can also reach The Dadvocates by phone.

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"Kaitlyn, Samera, and their team are truly amazing. They will fight hard for what is right, and the firm truly is experts in high conflict cases. My case lasted over a year and their team was always very attentive to my questions and concerns. If you want what is best for your child, or have an ex who is trying to take advantage of you,  trust that you will be in great hands with the Dadvocates. During trial they were very well organized and they did all they could to fight for what was fair. They are very professional and courteous. Divorce/custody was the most stressful event in my life, the firm did all they could to take the weight off my shoulders and put my mind at ease. Truly thank you all for all your efforts in this case!" Ron Morales, 2020, 5-Star Review

Child Custody Laws

Whenever possible, the state of California encourages couples with children to share joint legal custody and physical custody. In some cases, a parent may be granted sole custody of their child if they can provide a safer and more nurturing environment.

Legal Custody

Legal custody refers to the ability to make major decisions about your child's upbringing. This includes a child's education, religious upbringing, and medical health decisions. Sole legal custody may be granted if the other parent is incapable of making responsible decisions about their child's welfare.

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to where a child will live. If a child lives primarily with one parent, that parent is known as the custodial parent; the other parent is the noncustodial parent. A parent may be granted sole physical custody if the other parent cannot provide a safe environment for the child.

Supporting Fathers All Over California

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The Dadvocates work tirelessly to protect the bond between children and their fathers. Our family law team proudly fights for dads from SoCal to NorCal.

Our legal team can work with fathers throughout the Golden State, including dads located in:

  • Alameda County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Marin County
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • Santa Clara County
  • San Diego County
  • San Francisco County

Child Visitation Laws

How Visitation Works

If a parent has sole physical custody of a child, the noncustodial parent may be granted visitation rights. A visitation schedule can be created that allows a child and their noncustodial parent to maintain a relationship. If the noncustodial parent has a history of violent or harmful behavior, no visitation may be granted. Courts can also award supervised parenting time. This means that an observer must be present when the noncustodial parent is with their child.

Modifying Visitation Orders

Circumstances may change in a parent's life that requires modification to existing visitation orders. For instance, a visitation schedule may need to be changed to accommodate a parent's work schedule. In addition, a parent may try to seek parenting time without a court-assigned visitation supervisor present. Parents can come to an agreement together about changes to existing visitation and custody orders, or they can go to court to have their case reviewed.

Your Child's Best Interests

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Whenever decisions are made regarding custody or visitation, courts always consider the best interests of a child. This phrase means that judges take a child's health and safety into account before making any ruling. Courts will note if a parent has a history of physical abuse, chemical dependency, or other behaviors that put a child's welfare in jeopardy.

Child Relocation

If you or your former spouse decide to move to a different part of California or out of state, you will likely need to modify your existing child custody and child visitation arrangements. Some former couples are able to work this out together amicably. However, it's not uncommon for disputes to arise over relocation and the impact that has on time spent with the kids.

An attorney can help with mediation out of court when modification disputes arise. Should these negotiations break down, a lawyer can help represent your case before the court, always emphasizing the best interests of your child.

Protect Your Parental Rights Contact the Dadvocates

Your child deserves to have a loving father in their life. Whether you're based in Silicon Valley, Southern California, or Northern California, you can count on The Dadvocates for strong representation. Our lawyers can even help address domestic violence or abuse allegations that jeopardize access to your child. To speak with our family law attorneys about your situation, contact us online. You can also reach our lawyers by phone.

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818-824-5800

Attorneys Who Stand with Fathers

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Jason Schweikert

2018

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Samira is kind, attentive, understanding, tough, and brilliant! I was referred to her by a legal professional who associates with some of the finest Family Law attorneys in the state, and she was everything he said she was. If you are involved with a divorce or custody case, you definitely need to call her!

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Gabe Mendez

2018

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They are absolutely amazing ! I couldn't ask for a better experience, the communication and professionalism demonstrated was second to none. during stressful life changing domestic and family related issues that require representation there is no better firm or legal team than SH Law. You need them in your corner.

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Spousal Support (Alimony)

Spousal support is paid by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse after a divorce is finalized.

Rehabilitative support payments are intended to ease the financial transition for the lower-earning spouse at the end of the marriage. Temporary spousal support may also be granted to cover the lower-earning spouse's expenses during proceedings until the divorce is finalized. In rare cases, a court may grant permanent spousal support for marriages that lasted 10 years or longer.

Like child support, alimony payments can be modified following a change in circumstances. In some cases, a former spouse can end their support obligation. The attorneys at The Dadvocates can help you seek a new court order to address changes in your situation.

Domestic Violence and Divorce Cases

California law prevents a convicted perpetrator of domestic violence from collecting spousal support. In addition, domestic violence can also affect how attorney fees are paid for during the divorce case, how much the survivor of domestic violence can collect from their former spouse's retirement accounts, and a parent's child custody and visitation rights.

Whether you've been accused of domestic violence or are a man who's experienced domestic violence during your marriage, The Dadvocates are here to help you with your family law case.

"Danielle Rattray represented me from The Dadvocates during my divorce.    Going trough a divorce is hard and Danielle made it the best it could possibly be.  In fact, I would have written this review a little bit ago but since Danielle represented me and my divorce was finalized, my life became exponentially better, busy and full!  I lost everything to the disease of addiction and Danielle helped me get back what was most important.  Fatherhood.  I was honest with Danielle, gave her my best effort and stayed clean.  She did everything in her power to help me.  She made me feel like I was her only client.  Her attention to detail was incredible and her knowledge of family law is superior.  Thank you, Danielle.  I will always be grateful for you and your work.  I would strongly recommend her to anyone needing help in family law." Bob Borchardt, 2020, 5-Star Review
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The Dadvocates

The Dadvocates are the only lawyers exclusively focused on protecting the rights of fathers. Our attorneys have received awards and prestigious recognitions from Super Lawyers, Avvo, and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. We assist dads in a variety of legal matters, including:

You can request a consultation with our firm by filling out our online form or calling (720) 749-2876.

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