Legal Assistance Alternatives
A private attorney can provide personalized services to parents. They can give as much time to a case as is necessary to do an effective job. The biggest drawback is expense. A private attorney will charge for the time required for personal and telephone interviews, legal research, court appearances, and the preparation of pleadings. The custodial party may request the court to order the noncustodial parent to pay the custodial party`s reasonable attorney fees and court costs. However, it is up to the judge to decide how much, if any, of the legal fees the noncustodial parent may be ordered to pay.
Services offered by a legal clinic may cost less than those provided by a private attorney. Legal clinics may charge for services based on the actual time spent on a case or on a contingency fee basis.
Family law facilitators` offices
These offices are located in the local court and there is no charge for these services. The core mandated duties of the facilitator include providing educational materials to parents, distributing voluntary declarations of paternity and other court forms, providing assistance in completing forms, preparing support schedules based on statutory guidelines, and providing referrals to the district attorney, family court services, and other community agencies that provide services to families. Local courts may create additional duties for the facilitator. You may contact the facilitator`s office at your local court to find out how the facilitator can help you.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Family Law Articles
- California Family Law: An Overview
- What Is Community Property?
- How Is Community Property Divided?
- What Are The Grounds For Divorce In The State Of California?
- Are There Any Residency Requirements For Filing A Divorce?
- What Is An Annulment?
- How Do The Courts Handle Educational Degrees And Professional Licenses Acquired During The Marriage?
- Can I Get Part Of My Spouse's Pension And Employment Benefits?
- How Do Courts Award The Family Residence?
- Establishing A Support Order
- Statement Of Nondiscrimination
- Your Legal Relationship With The Family Support Division
- Family Violence Indicator
- I Want The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency To Enforce My Court Order. Is The Information I Provide Open To The Public?
- Calworks Cases
- Medically Needy Only Cases
- I Am Applying For Calworks And/Or Medi-Cal. Do I Have To Personally Ask The Other Parent For Child Support?
- What Does It Mean To Cooperate With The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency?
- What Happens During An Interview With The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency?
- What Does It Mean To Assign My Support Rights?
- What Information Must The Other Parent Or I Provide To The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency?
- Legal Representation
- If An Answer Is Filed
- Locating The Non-Custodial Parent
- My Child's Father Is In The Military, But I Don't Know Where He Is Stationed. Can The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency Find Him
- How Paternity Is Established
- What Happens If The Father Leaves The State Before Paternity Is Established?
- Why Should Paternity Be Established If The Father Has No Money To Support The Child?
- Paternity Opportunity Program (Pop)
- Is There An Age Limit For The Genetic Tests To Be Done On A Child?
- Notice To Custodial Parties
- Medical Support
- How Child Support And Medical Support Are Distributed
- Modifying Support Orders
- Notice Of The Right To Request A Review
- My Ex-Spouse Has Remarried And Has Another Family To Support. How Will This Affect The Support That My Children Are Due?
- Can The Other Parent Be Required To Include Our Child(Ren) Under The Group Health Insurance Available Where He/She Works?
- Mandatory Wage Withholding
- Health Insurance Coverage Assignment
- Personal Property Lien
- Real Property Lien
- Franchise Tax Board (Ftb) Child Support Collection Program
- Other Enforcement Techniques
- Collecting Child Support From Out-Of State Parents
- As Soon As The Other Parent Is Notified About Enforcement, He/She Moves. How Will I Ever Be Able To Collect Child Support?
- Can Paternity Be Established For My Child If The Father Lives In Another State?
- What Should I Do If I Am Planning To Move To Another State?
- My Children And I Need Financial Assistance Now. The Non-Custodial Parent Left Us 10 Years Ago. Will The Fsd Or Local Child Support Help?
- If The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency Cannot Find The Non-Custodial Parent, Does That Mean I Cannot Get Calworks Or Medi-Cal?
- My Child's Father Is In The Military, But I Don't Know Where He Is Stationed. Can The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency Find Him?
- My Spouse And I Are Working Out A Joint Custody Agreement. How Would The Court Decide The Amount Of Child Support For Each Of Us?