Overview of Child Support in California

Both parents are legally obligated to provide financial support for their children to cover a child’s living and medical expenses. This payment is called “child support.” Here is an overview of the factors a court considers when deciding a request to award or modify child support, the Department of Child Support Services’ role in the […]

What are the Steps for Prosecuting a Civil Action in California?

There are many steps to filing and prosecuting a civil lawsuit in California. This article provides an overview of those steps to help you better understand the process. Pre-Suit Considerations There are a several issues to consider before filing a lawsuit. One major consideration is whether you have a meritorious case, to be analyzed with […]

What Happens if a Will Beneficiary Dies Before the Maker of the Will?

What happens if a person leaves a beneficiary an inheritance by way of a will, but the beneficiary then dies before the person making the will? Are the beneficiary’s heirs entitled to the inheritance, or does the inheritance revert back to the will maker, to be distributed as residual assets of the estate? This article […]

Obtaining Summary Dissolution of a California Marriage

In California, there is a streamlined method of obtaining a divorce, called “summary dissolution.” This article will explain the requirements for taking advantage of this procedure to end a California marriage. What Is a Summary Dissolution? In California a divorce is called a “dissolution”. There are two ways for obtaining a dissolution in California – […]

Overview of Spousal Support in California

When a couple legally separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called “spousal support” for married couples, and commonly referred to as “alimony”. This article provides an overview of the spousal support award process, how to change or end […]

Using a 30 or 60-Day Notice to Terminate a Tenancy in California

The first step in the landlord’s decision to terminate a residential tenancy is to give written notice of termination. This article addresses termination of a residential tenancy with a 30 or 60 day notice. Failure to follow proper procedure typically results in the court’s denial of your request to have the tenant removed from the […]

How To Serve An Initial Eviction Notice In California

Typically, the first step in the eviction process is to “serve” a 3-day, 30-day, or 60-day notice on the tenant. The terms “serve” and “service” refer to procedures required by the law that are designed to increase the likelihood that the person to whom notice is given actually receives the notice. There are different ways […]

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