Family Law Attorney in Palmdale
Helping Californians with Family Law Issues
If your family is facing a legal complication involving divorce or another
family law matter, you will need to take immediate action by speaking
to our attorney from the Law Offices of John C. Bigler. With more than
20 years of experience, our Palmdale family lawyer assists clients with
various types of divorce issues. We remain up to date on new laws and
current legislation, such as the new laws concerning same-sex marriage
Family law is a state-specific area of the law, and our attorney has a
strong understanding on how these laws can affect your family. We have
extensive experience and are passionate about helping the families we
represent. Our firm fights on behalf of the client, and we do everything
in our power to ensure the best possible case result.
If you are facing any of the following family law issues, we can help with
In California, child custody is divided into two categories: legal custody
and physical custody. Legal custody is decision making power – the
right to decide where the child goes to school, receives medical care,
is old enough to drive and other decision related issues. Physical custody
is the amount of time each parent spends with the child. The Court often
awards the parents joint legal custody of their children but may not award
the parties joint physical custody of the parties.
The important point to remember is that the judge decides legal custody
and physical custody independently based upon the child’s best interest.
California law dictates that either parent can obtain custody of the child
or the parents can share custody. In either circumstance, the judge will
base his or her decision on the best interests of the child. In a child
custody case, money, emotions, and other issues can get in the way and
cause substantial disputes between all parties.
Child support refers to payments made from one parent to the other in a
case involving children. Child support issues can be found in divorce
case, paternity cases, and domestic violence cases. Child support is ordered
based upon an algebraic formula driven by two primary factors: the amount
of each parent's income and the amount of time the children spend
with each parent. These calculations are complex and calculated with a
court-certified software, referred to as "guideline" support
orders by the court.
Trial courts are required by law to follow the formula and judges may not
deviate from the formula. Litigation involving child support is usually
disputing the inputs into the software, rather than the formula itself.
In addition to the court ordered-support via the formula, the court also
has the authority to order parents to share the costs of child care, medical,
education, and other everyday expenses of the child.
Although some divorce cases only require settlement or mediation, many
cases require complicated litigation. We handle all types of cases, including
complex divorces. Some issues that can increase complexity in a case include
child custody, property division, and domestic violence issues.
If you need to have your rights protected during a divorce case, we can
take action to ensure that your goals are met. We have a clear understanding
of California's family laws, including the recent legislation on same-sex
marriages. We receive daily updates about recent family law decisions
that change the law. This process is time consuming and is not billable
to the client. We review new cases to ensure our clients receive the benefit
of the new court decisions. Our firm can guide you through the various
terms of divorce, such as child custody, alimony, child support, and property
division. Our firm handles divorce cases that take place in the courtroom
and those that are resolved through mediation and settlement.
At the Law Offices of John C. Bigler, we offer representation to victims
of domestic violence as well as people who are accused of committing domestic
violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence and are pursuing divorce,
we can ensure that your and your children's safety is made a top priority.
If you are accused of domestic violence during a divorce case, we can
protect your rights to child custody with aggressive representation.
When parents who are not married have a child together, a paternity case
is required to establish the couple's legal rights. Paternity cases
answer the question: Who are a child's legal parents? The issue of
paternity is one that can drastically impact your case. If you are a father
pursuing custody or a mother in need of child support from the child's
father, establishing paternity may be necessary. In paternity cases, the
court will issue an order to state who the child's legal parents are
and base various family law decisions on the paternity information.
Property in California is defined as anything that can be bought or sold.
California is considered a community-property state, which means that
any assets acquired during the marriage will be equally divided between
both spouses. Various factors will be assessed by the court to determine
how the community property should be divided.
Legal Guidance from Our Palmdale Family Attorney at the Law Offices of
John C. Bigler
If you are ready to move forward with your family law case, we can use
our resources and knowledge to carefully guide you through the family
court system. At our firm, the client is the decision maker. We can determine
an action plan based on the individual's or family's goals for
the case. Schedule a
case evaluation at your earliest convenience to determine the most profitable course of
action to most effectively protect your rights.
Contact the Law Offices of John C. Bigler today!