Palmdale Family Law Attorney
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 25 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 in California.
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.
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.
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, spousal support, 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.
“Mr. Bigler, as well as his staff, have my best interests at heart.”- A. Sansfield