Disability and Child Support in California

If you have recently divorced or separated, you may be concerned about how you’re going to make ends meet — especially if your child has special needs or a disability requiring costly medical care, medication, and special education. Importantly, both parents have a financial responsibility to support their children and California courts take disability into […]

Tips for Choosing the Right California Divorce Attorney

If you’re facing divorce, it’s essential to have an attorney by your side to protect your rights and guide you through the legal process. However, with many divorce attorneys to choose from, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to knowing how to select the right one. Although it may take some time and effort, […]

Sole Legal Custody: Pros & Cons

Most people are familiar with the term “child custody.” However, if you’re going through a divorce or separation, it’s essential to understand that there are different types of custody arrangements — and you can tailor any custody agreement to meet the specific needs of your children. Although the first concern for parents is generally where […]

What is Child Emancipation?

There may be many reasons a young adult might wish to live separate and apart from their parents. Although the age of majority is 18 in California, a child can legally be considered an adult by becoming emancipated. However, child emancipation is a step that the minor must take for themselves. Parents cannot seek to […]

California Postnuptial Agreements

People don’t usually think about the possibility of their marriage ending when they’re tying the knot. However, since divorce is not uncommon, more couples are considering taking certain precautions to protect their assets and property in the event that they end up parting ways. While most people are familiar with prenuptial agreements, there’s another type […]

Choosing a Co-Parenting App

If you and your spouse or partner have decided to part ways, your priority should be the best interests of your children. However, emotions can run high when you’re going through a divorce or separation, and it’s not unusual for co-parents to face challenges when it comes to communicating — or trying to keep track […]

How Has COVID-19 Affected Parenting Time?

COVID-19 has had a major impact on divorced families in California and across the country. For even the most amicable co-parents, quarantine, social distancing, and health concerns have created various hurdles to maintaining a cooperative co-parenting relationship that they haven’t had to face before. Despite the pandemic, California parenting time guidelines have remained the same […]

Annulment vs. Divorce in California

Most people are familiar with the divorce process. However, there’s another way a marriage can legally be ended in California — by an annulment. While the result is the same, in that the marital ties are severed, the legal effects of an annulment vs. divorce are very different. Although both a divorce and an annulment […]

Foster Parent Adoptions

Foster parent adoption can be a complex process that requires following strict administrative and legal processes while still giving your child the best care possible. We can help you make a way through the system and adopt your child as quickly as possible. Call Law Offices of Rick D. Banks today at (559) 222-4891 for […]

Adoption By a Family Member

Adopting a family member is common when birth parents are not able to care for their children or when a step parent steps up to take on a legal parental role. In fact, the court will often seek out family members to serve as foster and adoptive parents as an alternative to putting children into […]