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Family law issues are complex and often involve a combination of assets, emotions and long-term consequences that will affect family members throughout their lives. Family law is a practice that primarily focuses on issues that involve family relationships that include divorce, adoption, child custody, spousal and child support, paternity and parental rights and more. The best way to resolve these delicate matters is to work with an experienced and compassionate Sacramento family law attorney – our team at Gale, Angelo, Johnson & Pruett P.C., can assist in a variety of family law matters and offer the guidance and support you need through the process. Our team will be by your side and ensure you and your loved ones are properly represented and protected throughout any legal proceedings.
Divorce & Alimony
Divorce can be a stressful, emotional and overwhelming process, but our lawyers take the time to carefully prepare for every aspect of your case and handle the procedure delicately from start to finish. When filing for divorce in California at least one of the spouses must be a California resident for at least six months. While the process of filing for divorce in California is pretty straightforward, there is a mandatory six-month waiting period after the paperwork is submitted before it is finalized. Spousal support, or alimony, and child support are an additional topic to be discussed and negotiated during divorce proceedings. These are monthly payments made by one spouse to the other following a court decision or settlement.
When parents get divorced, the divorce decree will dictate with whom the children will live. Often times parents are able to work out these arrangements between themselves or with the assistance of an attorney. If parents are unable to come to an agreement, then the court may intervene and make a decision based on the child’s best interests. There are different types of custody arrangements:
- Physical custody is awarded to the parent that the child will live with most of the time. Legal custody is shared and includes the right to make decisions about the child’s religion, health care, education, and other concerns.
- Joint custody means the child spends an equal amount of time with both parents.
- Split custody is when parents have more than one child and each parent has physical custody of at least one child. Courts typically don’t like to separate siblings, and this isn’t a popular option.
Determining child custody is never easy, but our team can help you navigate the process for the most satisfactory outcome.
The decision to adopt a child is very rewarding but can also be very complicated. The key to successful adoption is to do your research and be prepared ahead of time. Welcoming a new family member home is an exciting time, but there are legal issues and processes that need to take place first, which can take a long time – patience is key.
If you are in need of a Sacramento family law attorney, please fill out the inquiry form below to contact our team for a personalized consultation.
Consumer protection laws provide safeguards for consumers with respect to credit agreements, defective products, unfulfilled services and ultimately help to prevent business fraud, unfair practices and shield individuals from scams and thieves. It is the job of the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau to enforce consumer protection laws, but when consumer protection laws in Sacramento fail, individuals will need to work with an experienced Sacramento consumer litigation lawyer to help recover damages and ensure the business is disciplined for their actions. There are many different areas of consumer litigation, including identity theft, fraud and more. The attorneys at Gale, Angelo, Johnson & Pruett P.C. specialize in two main areas of consumer protection – protecting consumer rights under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act was passed in 1991 and it outlines rules and regulations to help reduce the number of nuisance and solicitation calls. Common violations of the TCPA include calls received before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m., calls to individuals who are listed on the national do-not-call registry and prerecorded robocalls. In general, any automated dialing, telemarketing calls, text messages, unsolicited faxes, and any other unwanted communication via phone devices are a violation of the TCPA and anyone who receives these types of calls has a case they can bring to a local state court or small claims court. The TCPA is also an important piece of legislation that helps protect people who owe money or are in debt from harassment and illegal debt collection practices.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that helps to regulate the collection of credit information from consumers and access to credit reports. The rules outlined in this piece of legislation govern how credit information can be obtained, how long it can be kept for and how it is to be shared with others. The three major credit reporting bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, collect and sell information on consumer financial history. Businesses can ask to check consumer credit reports for various purposes – the main reason being in regard to a loan, especially when it comes to buying a house, renting a property, buying a car, etc. The FCRA also gives consumers specific rights, including the right to access their own free credit reports and to have inaccurate information removed. The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are the main federal agencies in charge of overseeing and enforcing this law. As a consumer, you have the right to sue a credit reporting agency for not properly investigating a dispute as well as those who access your credit reports without permission, like debt collectors.
If you have experienced nuisance calls from debt collectors or have been a victim of improper credit reporting, please connect with our team of consumer litigation lawyers. Our diligent and experienced attorneys will help you understand your rights under the TCPA and FCRA, guide you through the process of restoring your credit, protect you from future trouble and ensure you receive the monetary damages you are owed.
Give us a call at 916-290-7778 for help with your family law concerns or fill out the inquiry form below to schedule a thorough case evaluation with our team.