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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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  • The other parent filed a Request for Orders (RFO) asking for child custody and visitation orders. Can I make a request from the court if it is not a specific relief requested by the filing party?
    The other parent filed a Request for Orders (RFO) asking for child custody and visitation orders. Can I make a request from the court if it is not a specific relief requested by the filing party?

    No. By way of example, if Dad files an RFO requesting an alternate weekend visitation only, Mom cannot file a response to the RFO and request that the children get braces or request that Dad pay child ...

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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?

    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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  • Under What circumstances does the court typically appoint minor' counsel for my child?
    Under What circumstances does the court typically appoint minor' counsel for my child?

    Some of the factors that the court considers on whether or not to appoint minor' counsel are; a) Highly contested or protracted custody & visitation issues; b) Child is subjected to stress as a result ...

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