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San Jose California Domestic Violence Restraining Order Attorney.jpgGoing through domestic violence is a terrible experience that can seriously injure or even kill the person or people affected by such abuse. Domestic violence can also leave major emotional scars on its victims. There are always red flags to look and steps you can take if you or a loved one is going through domestic violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as abuse or threats of abuse by a significant other, spouse, or close family member. Domestic violence can include the following:


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San Jose paternity rights lawyerWhen parents have a child while they are married, paternity is automatically established for the father. However, if a child is born outside of marriage, the process to establish paternity is longer and more complex. 

Declaration of Paternity

When a child is born out of wedlock, both the mother and the father can sign a Declaration of Paternity at the hospital, with both names listed on the child’s birth certificate. In these cases, the birth mother will not need to prove the father’s paternity to a court. If the Declaration of Paternity is signed later, a new birth certificate can be issued with the father’s name listed. The document must be signed at one of the following agencies:


California divorce lawyerPeople do not typically wake up one day and just decide that they want a divorce. Instead, they contemplate it, sometimes for months or years. They go through the stages of grief – denial, and anger, and then they reach acceptance. It is about this time that one might wonder when and how to tell their spouse about their plans to divorce. These are the beginning stages of the process. Learn more about them, including how to break the news to your spouse, with help from the following.

When Only One Party Wants a Divorce

While divorce can be a mutual decision, it often starts out as one-sided – meaning one party decides they want a divorce but the other is oblivious (and may not even be aware that their partner is unhappy). In these situations, the party that is desiring the divorce should speak clearly and plainly – and preferably as soon as possible. Waiting only hinders the divorce process, and may even cause unnecessary delay.


California divorce lawyersThousands of couples divorce each year, and many of them have children. While most of them know they can turn to an attorney or mediator for assistance, few realize that their pediatrician can help as well. Their role, though different, can be just as valuable to parents and their children. Learn more about why, when, and how to talk to your pediatrician about your divorce, and discover where you can also find quality legal assistance with the process.

Why Speak to Your Child’s Pediatrician?

Pediatricians are child advocates, almost by nature. They monitor a child’s growth and development, looking for any possible signs of illness, trauma, or delay. They also educate parents on how to best keep their children happy and healthy. Since divorce can mentally, physically, or emotionally hinder a child’s health or development, it only makes sense to talk to your child’s pediatrician about an impending divorce – but that is not the only reason to do so.


San Jose family law attorneysAlthough some couples may be fairly certain that divorce is the next step in their marriage, others may continue to struggle with the decision. They may have hope that their marriage can be salvaged, if given the time apart they need to work on it. For others, though, divorce may not be considered an option. In either situation, a legal separation may be the solution. Learn more about the differences between these two legal processes, including how you can decide which option may be most appropriate for your situation.

Divorce versus Legal Separation

On the surface, legal separation and divorce may seem rather similar. Both typically involve the physical separation of married parties. One can also request alimony and child support during a legal separation, just as they would in divorce. However, there are some notable differences that should be considered before making a final decision.

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