Family Law Services - Breakdown of legal divorce paralegal terms

What Is A Contested Divorce?

A Contested Divorce is a type of divorce in which neither spouse can come to an agreement, whether it's about the divorce itself (second thoughts), division of assets, child support/custody, or even spousal support/alimony.

We help prepare the documents for your contested divorce and file them with your local court, or court of choosing.

What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

An Uncontested Divorce is a type of divorce in which the spouses agree on everything about the divorce, such as: division of assets, custody, alimony, etc.

We help prepare the documents for your uncontested divorce and file them with your local court, or court of choosing.

What Is Spousal Support? (Alimony)

Spousal Support is a series of payments made to a ex-spouse according to a separation agreement or divorce decree.

The reason for spousal support is to provide financial support for a spouse that has been financially dependent on the other for most of the marriage.

What Is Garneshment Of Wages? Why Might I Need It?

A Garnishment of wages is when a court orders a portion of the spouses earnings to be withheld from their employer to then pay back the debt they owe the opposite spouse. 

If your spouse is not paying spousal support awarded to you, by the court, you may be able to garnish their wages.

What Is Child Support?

Child Support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by one spouse to the other for the financial benefit of the child following the end of a divorce. Child support can be a mutually agreed upon amount or it can be a specific amount that is demanded by the court. 

You can visit California Department of Child Support Services website to utilize their Guideline Calculator to determine how much child support you should be paying: http://www.childsup.ca.gov/resources/calculatechildsupport/tabid/114/default.aspx

Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody

Sole Custody is when one spouse has exclusive physical and legal custody of the shared spouses child. With Sole Custody the other spouse can not have any responsibility over the child.


Joint Custody is when an agreement for shared custody between spouses over said child has been made whether it be between spouses or court ordered. This agreement allows both parents to share custody and have time and legal responsibility over said child.

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Paralegal Vs. Legal Document Assistant

Paralegal

A Paralegal is someone who works for and is supervised by an attorney. By law a paralegal cannot be contracted by someone other than an attorney, this includes the general public.

Legal Document Assistant (LDA)

A Legal Document Assistant (LDA)  is someone who can be contracted by the general public and consumers to prepare legal documents. Every LDA should be registered and bonded in the county they live in.

Differences and Similarities

Legal Document Assistants prepare legal documents and handle court filings just the same as paralegals. However neither are attorneys and cannot represent you in court.

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