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Divorce and Family Law

The process of a divorce begins with the issuance of a summons (Judicial Council Form FL 110) by the court and the filing of a petition for dissolution (Judicial Council Form FL 100). If minor children are involved, a declaration under UCCJEA (Judicial Council Form FL 105) must also accompany the petition for dissolution. Once the other party is served, he or she will have 30 days to file and serve his/her response (Judicial Council Form FL 120) to the petition, along with the declaration under UCCJEA if appropriate.

From the time the petition is filed until the time the divorce decree is entered, either party may request the court issue temporary orders regarding child custody, child visitation, child support, and spousal support (also known as alimony) by filing a request for order (Judicial Council Form FL 300). If domestic violence is involved, the court may also issue restraining orders protecting one party from the other; and protecting the minor children from the abusive spouse if necessary. In a situation involving domestic violence, the court may also order the abusive spouse to move out of the family home.

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From the time the petition is filed until the time the divorce decree is entered, either party may request the court issue temporary orders regarding child custody, child visitation, child support, and spousal support (also known as alimony) by filing a request for order (Judicial Council Form FL 300). If domestic violence is involved, the court may also issue restraining orders protecting one party from the other; and protecting the minor children from the abusive spouse if necessary. In a situation involving domestic violence, the court may also order the abusive spouse to move out of the family home.

Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is the process of resolving legal disputes concerning civil matters through the court system. Individuals and business entities may need to bring or defend lawsuits in court in order to enforce and protect their legal rights. A civil case begins with a complaint which sets forth the facts and legal theories on the basis on which the plaintiff (the initiating party) is suing the defendant. A plaintiff may seek money to compensate for his or her injury, or may ask the court to order the defendant to stop the conduct that is causing the harm. After the plaintiff serves the complaint on the defendant, the defendant has a limited amount of time to file an answer with the court. Shortly after the complaint and the answer have been filed, the parties engage in discovery through various methods in order to obtain information and evidence regarding the case. Based on the information and evidence obtained, parties engage in settlement negotiations in order to avoid the delay and expense of going to trial. Courts also encourage the use of mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) designed to produce an early resolution of a dispute without the need for trial or other court proceedings.

Whether you have been sued or want to sue someone, the Law Office of Kaveh Mirshafiei can help you . The Law Office of Kaveh Mirshafiei provides full-service legal counsel in a variety of civil litigation areas, including business and commercial disputes, contract disputes, and landlord tenant law.

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