Family Law | Filing for Divorce In Southern California

Filing for divorce is an emotional time in anyone’s life. If you have never been through this time, you may have many thoughts swirling through your mind and many questions. Below are three frequently asked questions that you may have about the divorce process in Southern California.

How Do I Know What County to File for Divorce in?

When filing for divorce, filing in the right county is a must. If you file for divorce in the wrong county, your divorce may be thrown out. In order to file for divorce, one of the spouses must have been a […]

2017-01-14T20:24:01+00:00 By |Family Law|

Family Law | Child Custody

Determining child custody regarding the issues of, legal custody and physical custody is a difficult and weighty matter. During a time of heated emotion, Stefan Pancer is the sound voice of reason. He will explain your parental rights under California law and help you determine how best to proceed for you and your family.

Primarily, child custody disputes involve disagreements over who will be the primary custodial parent; but there are many other issues to consider. As an example, who will make medical and educational decisions for the child? What about concerns over religious education? Are there any issues involving the […]

2017-01-14T20:19:25+00:00 By |Family Law|

Family Law | Making a Case for Child Custody

Dissolution of marriage can be an unpleasant experience, to say the least. It has been compared to the feelings of loss and guilt associated with the suffering of a death of a loved one. While that may be true, it should be said that the worst aspect of this undertaking is the fight, which sometimes follows – for custody over the children.

The emotional wreckage it can cause has the potential to leave all members of the family hurt and confused. How can you avoid such a catastrophe? Make your children’s welfare your number one (#1) PRIORITY.

Take yourself out […]

2017-01-14T20:18:18+00:00 By |Family Law|

Family Law | Spousal Support: Alimony and Maintenance

In the state of California, spousal support statues limit the ordering of spousal support payments (sometimes referred to as maintenance payments) based upon the length of marriage as well as the specific need of the receiving spouse and the ability to pay by the supporting spouse. Perhaps in other states, the terms for ordering payment of support may be very broad. California-based orders for support are generally (in short-term marriages) a measure, which help the receiving spouses re-establish some financial independence. In long-term marriages, the support order may be in place for an extended period of time.

Payments could be intended […]

2017-01-14T20:16:53+00:00 By |Family Law|

Family Law | About California Child Support Law & Payments

How is child support determined in California?

The Agnos Minimum Child Support Standards Act was enacted in 1984 by the California State Legislature to establish minimum levels of child support and to set guidelines which govern awards of support which fall above those statutory minimums. Known as the “Child Support Guideline” (amended July 1, 1992) it includes calculations for determining the minimum amount of support expected from the paying parent.

Family court judges use mathematical formulas and specialized computer programs to determine each parent’s total monthly gross (before taxes) income. Then the court looks at the percentage of time that the paying […]

2017-01-14T20:13:48+00:00 By |Family Law|

Family Law | What Can I do if My Ex is Getting Paid “Under the Table” and Not Paying Child Support?

In San Bernardino County, and throughout California, child support obligations must be divided amongst parents in a manner that aligns with income of both of the parties and the amount of overnight time a child spends with each of the parents. Simply put, a non-custodial parent, with a court order to pay child support, is required to contribute to a child’s well-being in proportion to that parent’s income and how much time that parent spends with the child.

For a variety of reasons, from perceived unfairness, to dissatisfaction with the Court, one party might attempt to avoid their […]

2017-01-14T20:10:50+00:00 By |Family Law|