Santa Barbara Family Law Attorney

I am a Santa Barbara family law attorney who can help with a variety of family law issues, including:

 

Child Custody & Visitation

Your family is my top priority. It is usually in a child's best interests to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Thus, even if a child does not spend equal time in each parent's home, it is important for the child to have regular access to both parents.

 

Child Support

Both parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their child. The amount is based on each parent’s income, and the amount of time the child spends with each parent. CA Courts utilize a computerized algebraic formula to calculate child support. The Court may also order parents to share equally in the cost of childcare and uncovered medical expenses.

 

Guardianships

This is a legal process where a person other than a parent is given authority over and custody of a child, or a child’s property. Significantly, parental rights are not terminated, affording a drug-addicted or alcoholic parent an opportunity to get their life back on track.


Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents often play many roles in a family. They can offer stability, emotional support and comfort, and impart family history. A Court has discretion to determine if grandparent visitation is in the best interests of a child.


Domestic Violence

There is a legal presumption that a parent who has been adjudicated guilty of domestic violence is an unfit parent. Since that will negatively impact custody rights, that parent should seek competent legal advice. Similarly, a party who believes they have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence should seek the advice of an attorney with experience in this area of law. In appropriate cases, the courts may issue permanent (3-5 year) restraining orders, and may order the abuser to vacate the family residence, whilst continuing to pay the mortgage or other community debts.

 

 

 

To learn more about your family law issue and what I can do to help, e-mail or call me at 805-259-3590 or toll free at 866-508-3961. My office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend appointments available upon request.