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Family law can be complicated. If you are facing a divorce or any other family law dispute, you probably have lots of questions. At Fenchel Family Law, our experience focuses on helping clients get the answers and results they need. Our San Francisco family law attorneys are knowledgeable and equipped to help you find the information you require quickly and efficiently.

As you begin your quest for reliable information about your case, discover the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:How Do I Start a Divorce in California?

    A:If you have the appropriate grounds and meet the requirements to file for a divorce, you may initiate a divorce by submitting a petition for the dissolution of marriage. You will then need to serve the petition to your spouse.

  • Q:Where Will the Children Live after Divorce?

    A:In California, each parent has the right to spend equal time with his or her child. That said, the court’s focus regarding all decisions related to children is the best interests of the child. Often, a child will live with one parent during the week and visit the other parent on the weekends. However, a variety of factors play into determining custody and visitation schedules.

  • Q:Who Pays Child Support in California?

    A:California law states that each parent is legally responsible for the financial support of their child. A court can order one or both parents to pay every month for the expense of raising a child. The child support payment will be determined based on both parents’ incomes and the amount of time that each parent physically spends with the child. Generally, the noncustodial parent will make payments to the custodial parent.

  • Q:What Is Mediation?

    A:When many people think of divorce, they think of a courtroom. Mediation provides a way for couples going through separation or divorce to work out agreements on their own with the help of a neutral third party. Among the top advantages are that it saves significant time and money.

  • Q:How Can the Law Protect Me from Domestic Violence?

    A:Those who have been threatened or abused by someone in their household have the right to protect themselves from future abuse. The law protects victims of domestic violence through court-issued restraining orders. These restraining orders can ensure that the abuser does not contact you, does not go near you, and stays away from your home or work.

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