San Diego, CA (San Diego County) Divorce Lawyers & Family Law Attorneys

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12526 High Bluff Dr.
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San Diego, CA 92130

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San Diego Divorce Attorneys: Our San Diego County Family Law Practice

At Kaspar & Lugay LLP, we understand that family law is stressful for everyone, especially when money is involved. We can help you protect yourself, your interests, and your children. You deserve to work with a team of family law professionals who have the experience to guide you through the legal process.

Let the team at our brand new San Diego office help you get the best possible outcome from your family law case. Whether you want to navigate negotiation, mediation, or litigation, our hardworking, skilled attorneys can help you maximize your outcome. Get in touch to talk about any type of family law case, like:

  • Divorce
  • Asset division
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Paternity

At Kaspar & Lugay LLP, our San Diego family lawyers are dedicated to meeting your needs and expectations regarding your case.

Divorce in San Diego, California

In California, there’s no need to place blame for a divorce. The court does not punish either partner for wrongdoing during the marriage during the divorce process. That’s because California is a “no-fault” divorce state. All couples file for divorce in San Diego file on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.”

After filing for divorce, spouses face a six-month waiting period before the court will grant the separation. During this time, the couple is still legally married and must continue filing taxes jointly.

California will only grant divorces to couples if at least one spouse has lived in the state for at least six months. The divorce papers must be filed in the county where one spouse has lived for at least three months. If spouses are living in different counties, either party may file for divorce in their own county.

California law grants one crucial exception to their divorce laws. If a same-sex couple has moved out of state to a location where same-sex marriage is not recognized, they can file for divorce in the county where they married.

California Paternity Laws

California does not automatically assume that the second parent on a child’s birth certificate is the biological father unless they are married to the mother. For unmarried fathers to have legal rights and responsibilities toward a child, they need to establish that child’s paternity.

There are two methods by which paternity can be established. First, a parent can voluntarily sign a declaration of parentage for the child. Second, a court can determine paternity during a parentage case. Either way, the parent then takes on the rights and responsibilities of parenthood, from custody to financial support.

To order and enforce child support payments, San Diego courts need to make a parentage finding. Similarly, unmarried fathers can pursue a parentage finding to gain custody and visitation rights.

San Diego County, CA Divorce Information

California Child Custody Laws

California courts are required to make all child custody decisions with the child’s best interests in mind. That means that they need to consider both parents’ ability to care for the child, along with elements like:

  • The child’s age;
  • The child’s health;
  • The bond between the child and their parents;
  • The bonds between the child and their school, home, and neighborhood;
  • Any history of violence or substance abuse by either parent

The court uses these factors to decide what custody arrangement will help the child grow up healthy, happy, and successful.

The court determines two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is the location where the child lives. Legal custody is the right to make decisions about the child’s health, education, and religion.

Parental gender is not considered when judges make custody decisions. Furthermore, judges may not make decisions based on marital status, physical disability, sexual orientation, religion, or lifestyle.

San Diego, California Child Support Cases

All legally recognized parents are obligated to support their children until they can self-support, whether that is due to reaching the age of majority or being emancipated.

Child support orders ensure that a parent supports their child and keeps their lifestyle from changing due to a divorce or separation. Child support covers the needs of the child, such as:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Health costs
  • School costs
  • Clothing
  • Extracurriculars

In California, child support is paid through wage assignments every month unless both parents agree otherwise. Each month, the payment will be taken out of the paying parent’s check automatically. The state can handle this process to avoid the need for parent-to-parent communication.

Schedule Your Meeting with the San Diego Family Law Professionals at Kaspar & Lugay LLP

At Kaspar & Lugay LLP, our team of experienced and committed attorneys is here to help you. We are prepared to help get the best possible outcome in your family law issue. Our dedicated professionals have the industry knowledge to resolve the confusion and complexities presented by most family law cases.

Our top priority is your satisfaction. We will fight to win the results you want and provide you with the information, attention, and communication you deserve from your legal team.

Call us or get in touch online to schedule your free initial consultation with our expert attorneys today.

San Diego County Courthouse Location

The San Diego County Courthouse is where family law hearings will be held. If you need to go to a hearing or need to stop by the courthouse for any other reason, the addresses for the courthouses are below.

San Diego Family Law Court

Court Location Business Office Location Office Hour s(excluding holidays) Ex Parte Hours *Telephone
Central Courthouse 1100 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101 Fourth Floor Business office opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check-in directly in the courtroom. Monday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Family Law (619) 844-2777 Calendar Department (619) 844-2770 Family Court Services (619) 844-2888 Domestic Violence (619) 844-2575
East County Regional Center 250 East Main St. El Cajon, CA 92020 First floor, east side of building Business office opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check-in directly in the courtroom. Monday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Family Law (619) 456-4100 Family Court Services (619) 456-4181
North County Regional Center 325 South Melrose Vista, CA 92081 First floor, south side of building Business office opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check-in directly in the courtroom. Monday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Family Law (760) 201-8600 x140 Family Court Services (760) 201-8300
South County Regional Center 500 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 Third floor Business office opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check-in directly in the courtroom. Monday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Family Law (619) 746-6200 Family Court Services (619) 746-6097

San Diego Landmarks

San Diego is full of historic landmarks that are worthy of mention. Here are a few of the more common iconic San Diego attractions.

  • San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge
  • San Diego Zoo
  • The California Tower
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • Mount Soledad
  • San Diego Beaches
  • The Mormon Temple
  • The Trolley
  • Balboa Park

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Brent Kaspar Family Law Attorney at Kaspar & Lugay

Brent Karl Kaspar​

Founder, Managing Partner

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Arvin Cero Lugay Family Law Attorney at Kaspar & Lugay

Arvin Cero Lugay

Partner, Founder

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Dana Rueckert

Lead Counsel, Family Law - San Diego

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Ramon Montijo Jr. Family Law Attorney at Kaspar & Lugay

Ramon Montijo, Jr.

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Robert Sullivan

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Christina Gregson Family Law Attorney at Kaspar & Lugay

Christine Gregson

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