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  • Why do I have to attend mediation with the other parent in my California family law case when we are so far apart in our respective positions from our paperwork?
    Why do I have to attend mediation with the other parent in my California family law case when we are so far apart in our respective positions from our paperwork?

    In all family law cases in California, the parties are required to attend mediation prior to the court marking and orders on child custody and visitation. This requirement is imposed irrespective of ...

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  • I suspect the other parent may leave the state with our child. How can I bring this matter to the court's immediate attention?
    I suspect the other parent may leave the state with our child. How can I bring this matter to the court's immediate attention?

    The Court may enter an Ex Parte order either granting or modifying custody unless there has been a showing of immediate harm to the child or immediate risk that the child will be removed from the ...

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  • I suspect the other parent may leave the state with our child. How can I bring this matter to the court's immediate attention?
    I suspect the other parent may leave the state with our child. How can I bring this matter to the court's immediate attention?

    The Court may enter an Ex Parte order either granting or modifying custody unless there has been a showing of immediate harm to the child or immediate risk that the child will be removed from the ...

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  • The other parent already left the state before I could serve them with the Summons and Petition. Do the ATROs apply and can I serve the other parent with the Summons and Petition to make them return the child?
    The other parent already left the state before I could serve them with the Summons and Petition. Do the ATROs apply and can I serve the other parent with the Summons and Petition to make them return the child?

    ATROs do not apply if the child is already out of the state of California when the Petition is filed, nor does mandatory restraining orders in the Summons require that the child be returned to ...

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  • What are automatic temporary restraining orders (ATROs) as it pertains to child custody and visitation?
    What are automatic temporary restraining orders (ATROs) as it pertains to child custody and visitation?

    When a parent files a dissolution or paternity action, ATROs are written on both sets of forms that are binding on the party that files the pleadings with the court. ATROs restrict the parties from ...

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  • The minor' counsel appointed by the court appears not to like me. Can I have them removed?
    The minor' counsel appointed by the court appears not to like me. Can I have them removed?

    There is a very limited circumstances for which the Court can remove minor's counsel from a case. Keep in mind that the Court may have had significant input or appointed the particular minor's counsel ...

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