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Twitter chat: Family Law questions with Amanda

Recently we hosted a Live Twitter Q&A with Amanda Gordon, one of our On-Call Attorney and a family law expert, in case that you missed it, we put together this recap:

  1. Can grandparents get custody of a child?

In order for grandparents to be awarded custody of their grandchildren, the case must be made in court that residing with the grandparents is in the best interest of the children.

  1. My fiancé has a lot of debt, should we get a prenup?

A prenup can protect both parties from an unfair outcome in any financial situation, and especially when finances are unbalanced.

  1. What should I ask my divorce lawyer in our first talk?

When meeting with a divorce lawyer, discuss the big topics (custody, child & spousal support, property), and the lawyer’s fees.

  1. Who determines how assets are divided in a divorce?

California is a community property state, which means that assets acquired during marriage belong equally to both parties. Some couples are able to agree on how to divide all property and debts, in a Marital Settlement Agreement. Couples who do not agree on how to divide assets and debts go to court, and ask a judge for a decision

  1. What’s joint custody and how does it work?

There are two kinds of custody, legal and physical. Legal and physical custody can each either be sole or joint. Joint legal custody means that both parents share the authority to make decisions for their children. Joint physical custody means the child spends substantial & frequent time with both parents (not necessarily equal time)

  1. What’s the difference between a divorce and an annulment?

Divorce ends a legally valid marriage; annulment treats it as if it never existed and declares it null and void.

  1. How does a post nuptial agreement work?

A postnup is a written agreement executed after marriage that settles assets & debts in the event of separation or divorce.

  1. I’m single and I want to adopt, do I need a lawyer?

Adoption can be a long and complex process; consulting a lawyer can help you navigate it and make sure you are prepared.

Do you have more questions? Let us know on Twitter, use #LegalQA and we will find you some answers. Are you in a hurry? Go directly to the source with Ask a Lawyer.

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