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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m getting a divorce. Do I have to hire an attorney?

No, but it you are well advised to seek the counsel of a family law firm in San Francisco –particularly when you have home ownership, child custody and major finance issues at stake.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

It varies based on your individual circumstances. Some divorces take under a month, while others are extremely drawn out.

If I have been victimized by domestic violence, what should I do?

Immediately speak with a skilled San Francisco family attorney to help you obtain a restraining order to protect yourself and your family.

Do women always receive child custody?

About 20 years ago, the answer was “almost always.” Nowadays though, courts have recognized that children need their mothers just as much as their fathers. They now base decisions on multiple factors that all boil down to what will help the child the most.

Can children have a say in their own custody?

Yes. When the child is mature enough to have a say, the court will take their views into consideration. All children over 16 are considered mature enough, but many courts begin to listen to children at 13.

What is supervised visitation?

This is where a non-custodial parent is not allowed to spend time alone with their child.

What can I do if the other parent refuses visitation rights or child support?

Speak with a San Francisco family lawyer. We can help you receive a court order demanding that you are permitted visitation rights or support payments. If the other parent still ignores this, they may be held in contempt of court.

Can custody or support agreements be changed after a divorce?

Yes. Your San Francisco family attorney can help you file for a post divorce modification decision to change things to suit your new circumstances.

Can I afford child support?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes because the court will always take into consideration your income when considering how much child support should be given.

Does the man always have to pay alimony?

No. Sometimes no spousal support is issued in a divorce, other times the woman will need to provide the man with support. It all depends on the specific circumstances during your marriage.

I need an attorney, but I don’t think I can afford one. What can I do?

If the court believes you need assistance to pay your San Francisco family lawyer, they may order your spouse to pay all or part of these fees.

If you have any other unanswered questions, contact The Law Offices of Randall A. Richmond. We look forward to helping you in any way possible.






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San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-701-8300