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All too often, children are the biggest victims of divorce. Their wants and desires are not always addressed and, sadly, they often fall to the wayside during the divorce, custody, and visitation processes. In California, however, courts are now appointing “Minor’s Counsels” to represent the child’s best interest and provide the courts with an outline of their desires.
We believe helping our clients understand the laws that affect them and their situations will help them to make more informed and rational decisions. Thus, we walk each of our clients step-by-step through the legalities involved in their individual cases. With compassionate, aggressive legal representation, our San Bernardino divorce lawyers ensure our clients and their children get the best possible outcome.
For more information on how the Law Office of Michael R. Young can assist with your child custody or support case, call (909) 315-4588!
What Is a Minor’s Counsel?
Minor’s counsel is a specially-trained individual whose primary responsibility is to “investigate the interests of the child and his/her preferences.”
The child’s age and maturity level generally dictate how much weight such preferences will be given. For instance, if a child is 14 years of age or older and assessed to be competent, his or her desires will be given more weight. If a child is younger than 14 years of age, but is quite mature and competent to form and express a meaningful preference, then weight will also be given to that child’s wishes.
- The minor’s counsel typically will make recommendations to the court regarding family law related issues such as the following:
- Health Matters
Children who are too young or who have emotional problems or a mental defect may be interviewed by the minor’s counsel to find out their preferences, but most often, the minor’s counsel will make the final determination as to what should be recommended to the courts with regard to their best interests.
Why Choose the Law Office of Michael R. Young?
Need a San Bernardino family law attorney for a case involving minor’s counsel? The Law Office of Michael R. Young serves clients throughout Southern California, including Riverside and San Bernardino.
- Attorney Young can help with any of the following:
- A messy divorce
- Legal separation
- Property distribution
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Domestic violence issues
We stay current on laws in California with ongoing education. We also maintain memberships in a number of professional and legal organizations, ensuring our advocates are on top of any changes in family law. With 40+ years of combined experience, we are capable of handling even the most complex family law cases, caringly walking our clients through each step of the legal process. We have been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, hold a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating, and earned an A+ BBB rating.
Have any questions or need further information about minor’s counsel? Contact the Law Office of Michael R. Young today. We can be reached at (909) 315-4588.
- Thinking about filing for divorce
- Concerned about custody of your children
- Worried about the division of your property
What is a contested divorce
When spouses don’t agree on an issue, whether it involves child custody or spousal support, a divorce is considered contested. It is the most complicated type of divorce, as a couple will need to go through numerous steps to finalize their divorce. Since contested divorces often go to divorce court with a judge, having legal representation during the trial is crucial.
How is spousal support or alimony calculated
There are numerous factors considered when a judge is determining how much and how long alimony should be paid. Some of those factors include the earning capacity of each spouse, how long the marriage lasted, the standard of living during the marriage, each spouse’s health and age, marital debts and property, and the sacrifices each spouse made during the marriage (such as staying at home with the children so the other spouse could work).
Who pays child support and how is child support determined
The noncustodial parent will be responsible for child support if the court determines it is necessary or parents come to an agreement to be approved by the court. The factors used to determined child support include the income / earning capacity of each parent, the number of children shared, each parent’s expenses, child care expenses, and other related issues.
How is property divided
California is a community property state. That means each spouse is given 50% ownership of the property accumulated during the marriage. This can include homes, vehicles, art, checking accounts, retirement / pension funds, small businesses, and other valuables. Items, accounts, or valuables that were kept separate throughout the entire marriage may be considered separate property and are therefore not subject to property division laws.
How long does it take for a divorce to be final
This can depend on a number of factors, such as whether it is a contested or uncontested divorce. Even if a divorce is uncontested, there is a six-month waiting period in California for the judge to grant a divorce. Likewise, those seeking contested divorces must wait six months for a trial to be ordered. How quickly a divorce is finalized will also depend heavily on how easily spouses agree on matters such as child support, property division, alimony, child custody, and other important matters.
Why should I hire a family law and divorce attorney
Going through a divorce or family law dispute can be complicated, confusing, and emotional. Regardless of whether spouses or family members think they are on the same page, having an attorney who is looking out for the best interests of the client can be invaluable. When you hire an attorney, you can have peace of mind knowing your rights and interests will be protected throughout the process. It can also take a great burden off your shoulders during a volatile or emotionally challenging time.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, our divorce and family lawyers are compassionate, caring professionals.
e understand how challenging family law disputes can be, whether involving a heated child custody battle or a complex divorce. As a firm with an AV Preeminent® rating and a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating, we are committed to maintaining a standard of excellence in our representation. Why? Because we know that your family and your future is on the line. When you retain us, you are getting understanding, knowledgeable advocates on your side.
With over four decades of collective insight, we are well-versed on handling even the most complex family law issues in California, from grandparents’ rights to domestic violence and restraining orders. When you need a compassionate family law attorney that you can trust to have your best interests in mind every step of the way, turn to our firm.
Our legal team strives to secure a favorable resolution as quickly as possible—whether in or out of court. Call us now at (909) 315-4588 to schedule your free consult.
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