Indio Family Lawyer
Compassionate Legal Representation in Palm Desert
If you are going through a divorce or are involved in another family legal dispute, the Law Offices of Anastacio De La Cruz is here to help you through the process. Our Indio family law attorney can provide the counsel and support that you need during this time.
We invite you to discuss your situation during a free consultation. We will listen carefully to your circumstances and help you understand your legal options. If you choose to work with us, we will be by your side every step of the way. Our goal is to minimize your stress during this challenging time and work toward obtaining a favorable result for you and your family.
Our experienced legal team can assist you with any family law matter related to:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
Guiding You Through Your Divorce
The decision to end a marriage is often difficult and stressful, especially if there are children involved. Matters get even tougher when spouses cannot agree on certain terms of their divorce. At the Law Offices of Anastacio De La Cruz, we can work to make sure that you are treated fairly during your divorce and that your goals and needs are clearly expressed.
California is a no-fault divorce state. That means either spouse has the right to file for a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.
To begin the divorce process, you must meet the minimum residency requirement. This requires that before filing, either you or your spouse were a resident of the state for at least 6 months and of the county where you file for at least 3 months.
Protecting Your Child Custody Rights
In California, the courts make decisions regarding child custody based on the best interests of the child. In a custody trial, both parents begin with equal rights to custody, and a judge is prohibited from giving preference to either parent because of their gender.
To determine the child's best interest, a judge will consider several factors, including:
- Each parent's ability to look after the child
- Whether either parent has a criminal history
- Each parent's emotional and mental stability
- The current routine of the child and the impact of changing it
- The child's preferences, if he or she has reached maturity
- Whether either parent has a history of drug abuse
Regardless of the child custody matter you’re facing, our legal team will help present a strong case to present in front of the judge.
Who Pays Child Support?
Both parents are required by law to financially support their children until they turn 18 years of age. When parents are separated or divorced, a court may order one or both parents to pay a specific amount each month to cover the child's living expenses. This is commonly referred to as child support.
The amount of child support payments is based on several factors, including:
- The income of each parent
- How many children the parents have together
- The percentage of time that each parent spends with the children
Typically, the parent with whom the child lives will receive a child support payment every month from the other parent. Whether you are seeking or being required to pay child support, we can work toward obtaining a fair support amount that is in the best interests of your children.
When a couple undergoes a legal separation or divorce, the court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of money each month. The purpose of spousal support, or alimony, is to help make the transition from a two-income household to a one-income household less detrimental to the lower-earning spouse. The court seeks to ensure that both spouses come out of the marriage on balanced financial footing.
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