Contra Costa County
Divorce Roadmap: https://www.cc-courts.org/family/divorce-roadmap.aspx
Divorce, Separation & Annulment: http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/pages.aspx/Divorce-Separation-Annulment
Family Law Court: https://www.solano.courts.ca.gov/Courts/FamilyLaw.html
San Francisco County
Legal separation is an option for couples that do not wish to divorce but want to separate their finances and property.
The grounds for legal separation are the same as those for divorce. To file for legal separation, one party must reside in the county where the papers are filed at the time the case is started; however, there is no required length of residency. Our Walnut Creek legal separation lawyers can guide you through all the ins and outs of the process.
- of force, fraud, or physical or mental incapacity;
- one of the spouses was legally too young to marry or enter a domestic partnership; or
- one of the spouses was already married or in a domestic partnership.
More information about the grounds for an annulment, as well as time limits for filing for an annulment, are available from the California Family Code, sections 2210 et seq. Annulments are very uncommon. If you ask to have your marriage or domestic partnership annulled, you will have to go to hearing with a judge. To file for an annulment, one party must reside in the county where the papers are filed at the time the case is started. Again, there is no required length of residency.
My daughter and her wife had the hardest time getting pregnant. They went through 1 inseminations, none of which led to a viable pregnancy. Then, they went through in vitro fertilization, daily shots that left excruciatingly painful marks, hormonal influxes to kill an elephant, followed by the implantation procedure.
Lucky for us all, that this implantation took, and what seemed like ten months later, my daughter delivered a healthy baby. My daughter and her wife went through all of the pain, agony, and finally joy together.
When my grandchild was born, immediately, however, I was appalled to learn that my daughter-in-law, who had been married to my daughter all the time they were trying to get pregnant, who shared in the phenomenal expenses of this new birth, was not even considered by California law to be the child’s parent. The law presumes that a married man is the father of a newborn; there is no such presumption with same-sex married persons.
Immediately, I prepared the paperwork for my daughter and her wife to take to court for my daughter-in-law to be the adoptive parent of my grandson.
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We are also experienced in step-parent adoptions, including the adoption of adults. What better way is there to show that special someone, a former child that you parented, that you love them dearly than by adoption. Yes, adults can be adopted too!
Whether you are or were the foster parent, the step-parent, or the grandparent, Mendes Weed, LLP would love to help you adopt.