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Steven E. Springer

Common Misconceptions About Divorce & Family Law

Many people believe family law only encompasses issues linked to divorce, such as child custody and alimony. In reality, family law includes many more legal processes than just divorce. It includes any area of the law involving family relationships, such as paternity, emancipation, adoption, foster care, and eldercare.

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Steven E. Springer

Understanding California's Adoption Process

Families and individuals adopt children for all sorts of reasons. Some are unable to have children of their own. Some are single men and women or same-sex couples. Some want to give a child a good home when biological parents cannot or will not raise their child.

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Steven E. Springer

Domestic Violence Orders vs. Restraining Orders

Hundreds of thousands of Californians are victims of domestic violence every year, enduring physical, sexual, or emotional abuse at the hands of someone close to them. If you or a loved one is in an abusive domestic relationship, we can help, starting with obtaining a domestic violence order or restraining order to force your abuser to stay at a safe distance.

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Steven E. Springer

Domestic Violence in California: What to Do First

In 2019, more than 161,000 domestic violence-related calls for assistance were made in California by people frightened by the physical, sexual, or emotional abuse inflicted by a family member or loved one. Those who can find the courage to stand up to their abuser can use the law to help protect themselves.

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Steven E. Springer

Understanding Visitation Rights in California

In the state of California, courts try to ensure that each parent is involved in the lives of their children as much as possible. However, the primary focus will always be on what’s in the best interest of the child. As such, issues can arise that affect visitation rights. For this reason, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney in San Jose, California.

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Steven E. Springer

Can I Get Custody If I Cheated?

When it comes to child custody in a divorce case, there are no explicit legal consequences of committing adultery in California. As such, a custody battle can become complex, involving a wide range of considerations, none of which have to do with cheating.

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Steven E. Springer

Stepparent Adoptions in California

Adopting a stepchild can be an emotionally charged situation. Deciding what is best for the child or children can prove to be a difficult task. On one hand, a non-custodial biological parent may be in communication with the child, and may not want to relinquish their parental rights. However, a stepparent adoption may create a more stable environment for the child, which would prove to be a better choice. Yet, a stepparent and a non-custodial biological parent may still both have loyalties of the child, and that may create a source of confusion and frustration. Generally speaking, the less involved a biological parent is, the easier the decision will be. Ultimately, it is something that will need to be decided by all parties involved.

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Steven E. Springer

What are the legal effects of marriage?

There are many federal and state laws that benefit married couples. Some examples include the right to file joint income tax returns, create a family limited partnership (FLP) under federal tax laws, create a marital life estate trust, receive survivor benefits, receive a share of your deceased spouse’s estate under intestate succession laws and claim the estate tax marital deduction.

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Steven E. Springer

Congressman Publicly Supports His Transgendered Grandchild

Congressman Mike Honda recently used Twitter to show his support for his transgender grandchild. The tweet read, "As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied." The message has been shared and retweeted thousands of times. The Congressman has injected himself into this issue to encourage acceptance and education about transgender rights.

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Steven E. Springer

Domestic Partnerships: Springer Law Firm Attorney's Can Help

The domestic partnership laws of the California Family Code confer virtually every right and responsibility of traditional marriage on couples who register with the state as domestic partners. Because these rights and responsibilities are far reaching and are meant to be permanent, anyone who considers entering a domestic partnership should seek a thorough explanation of the law and its consequences for their unique circumstances. The Springer Law Firm Can Help You Navigate through this process, give us a call today.

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