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This is a difficult time for you and your family. You deserve the best legal representation available.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 25px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h1″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Divorce Attorney Fighting for Parental Rights[/x_custom_headline][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Parental rights are the rights of a party in a parental or “quasi parental” relationship with a child related to custody and visitation. A party seeking child custody orders need not necessarily be the biological parent of the child. On the flip side, a party denying a parental relationship to a child, may not have the legal right to do so given the right circumstances. In fact, California family courts recognize parental rights and parental responsibilities in a variety of contexts.

In the State of California, according to current law, biological paternity (or maternity for that matter) is not absolutely controlling. In fact, there have been cases in California wherein the biological parent of a child is denied a custodial relationship with the child even after having proven paternity with a paternity test. The law provides certain timeframes during which a parental relationship must be asserted and requested from the Court or else the right to seek a relationship with the child in a legal context is forever waived.

On the other side of this issue is a scenario wherein a parent is barred from denying a legal relationship with a child because that “parent” has held the child out to be his own for a certain period of time. Even after later on discovering that the child is not biologically his, a father is the legal father of the child forever after the specified time period has passed. This includes the responsibility to pay child support.
Parental Rights Issues come up in divorces and non-marital paternity cases. With the law rapidly changing and the recent recognition of same sex marriage, we can be sure to see this area of family law continue to evolve and become even more complex.

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Meet Your Dedicated San Diego Family Attorneys
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS

Family Attorney, John N. Griffith, CFLS

John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

858-345-1720
john@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.
Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

San Diego family lawyer Catie Young has a wide range of litigation experience. She has worked in civil litigation. She has successfully represented clients in many areas of family law including child support, child custody, divorce and domestic violence. She has a unique approach to each child custody case, so clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases.

858-345-1720
catie@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.
Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Family Attorney, Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Amy Lass was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting and went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006. Amy takes a practical and cost considerate approach to the process while striving to balance the emotional needs and objectives of her clients.

858-345-1720
amy@gylfamilylaw.com

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The Typical Divorce Process in California
Discovery of Assets & Obligations (1-3 months)
1 Complaint for Divorce Filed Start of litigation
2 Complaint is Served Varies, but usually shortly after the complaint is filed
3 Answer to Complaint Due 30 days from the date of service
4 Mediation Anytime, but usually after initial discovery
5 Temporary Hearing Usually early in the process
6 Late Case Evaluation / Judicial Hosted Settlement Conference Usually near the end of the case
7 Trial (If Needed) The goal is to settle, but if your case goes to trial, it could take months after the start of litigation.
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I am beyond grateful for the entire staff at Griffith, Young, and Lass. I don't even call myself a client anymore, they are my friends that protected my family and fought with me, side by side.-Erik H., San Diego