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Riverside Family Law Attorney: Fighting to protect your rights.
Nothing is more important than family. The Custody & Visitation Rights Law Office of Heath L. Baker understands and will fight aggressively to protect you and your children.
Heath Baker understands that this is an extremely difficult and trying time for you and your family. Navigating divorce, child custody, prenuptial agreements, and other family law matters can be an emotionally draining process, and the Law Office of Heath L. Baker is committed to making the situation as painless as possible.
If you are dealing with issues of divorce, spousal support, child custody, or other family matters, contact the Law Office of Heath L. Baker. Mr. Baker is committed to pursuing you and your family’s best interests, and he will fight aggressively on your behalf. Call (951) 222-2228 or fill out an online inquiry to schedule your free consultation.
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Our Riverside custody attorney has extensive experience in all types of custody and visitation matters, including the following:
Divorce can be a very difficult process, but when there are irreconcilable issues in your relationship, it can lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. Divorce is different for every couple, and it is important to decide what type is best for you and your spouse. Annulments, no-fault divorces, uncontested divorces, and contested divorces are all appropriate under different circumstances.
Certain marriages, particularly ones in their first few months, can qualify for an annulment. For an annulment, a judge can declare your marriage null and void.
No-fault divorce is appropriate for couples who want to split on amicable terms and divide assets. No-fault divorces are often achieved through mediation, which involves both parties sitting down with a family law attorney to divide assets and property in a low-pressure arena. An uncontested divorce is similar in that it allows a couple to amicably divide assets and determine child custody.
A contested divorce is necessary when reconciliation is no longer an option. An experienced family law attorney like Heath Baker can fight for you and your children when tensions rise and divorce becomes complicated.
Spousal support can be a complicated procedure when two people have been pooling income and assets over the course of a marriage. The court takes a wide variety of factors into consideration when determining spousal support. These factors include the length of the marriage, the earnings and/or earning capacity of each partner, the age and health of each partner, debts, property, child custody, and a number of other considerations.
Child custody is best settled through a mediator when parents can come to an agreement. But if that is not possible, the court will become involved and award joint custody, physical and legal custody, or split custody. Different types of custody arrangements are appropriate for different family situations, and it is crucial to determine what is best for the child or children involved.
Child Support Modifications
Child support modifications often arise when one or both parents undergo a life change. If both parents come to an agreement about a change to a child support order, they can have the change approved by a judge. If parents cannot agree, a court hearing might be necessary to determine a new child support amount.
Visitation rights are based on child custody arrangements and require the creation of a visitation schedule. This visitation schedule should take the parents’ and children’s schedules into account, as well as the future (i.e. holidays, school vacations, birthdays, and unexpected days off from school).
Heath Baker is also well-versed in the visitation rights of grandparents, stepparents, and disabled parents.
Move Away Orders
Move away orders can be complicated, as not all states recognize a parent’s right to move out of state with a child. Parents are often required to give a certain amount of notice before moving, and the court will take several factors into consideration when considering the move. Reasons such as joining a new spouse or getting a better job are considered good-faith reasons for moving with the child and are generally allowed. Bad-faith reasons, such as moving to diminish contact between the child and the noncustodial parent, will usually lead the court to deny the move away request.
Grandparent Custody Rights
Grandparent custody rights are protected under California law. Grandparents can petition the court for partial custody, full custody, or visitation rights, as well as the legal right to make decisions like the child’s health care, religion, and education.
Legal Document Preparation
Legal document preparation can be a very complex and intimidating process. Consulting a qualified family law attorney is the best way to ensure your documents are prepared correctly the first time, and professional document preparation will help you avoid unnecessary delays in your case.
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Why Choose Heath Baker?
Attorney Heath L. Baker knows the ins and outs of the judicial system as only a former police officer and private investigator could.
Mr. Baker worked in the Riverside Police Department for years, so he has the unique ability to understand both sides of the courts, investigations, and judicial process. Mr. Baker understands the entire criminal prosecution process from the inside out, and he can use that experience to fight aggressively for you and your family.
After retiring from the police department, Mr. Baker worked as a licensed private investigator for both criminal and civil cases. For six years, he focused on family law and child support custody cases, conducting investigations and gathering information for other attorneys. Mr. Baker now uses those well-honed investigative skills to conduct investigations on behalf of his clients and their families.
As a Riverside native himself, Mr. Baker is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to southern California and California family law. He attended California Baptist University and California Southern Law School, and he is a member of the California State Bar, Riverside County Bar Association, San Bernardino County Bar Association, and U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.
Attorney Heath L. Baker has the investigative experience and “home team advantage” that you want on your side. Mr. Baker focuses exclusively on family law, so you can rest assured your case is in the best possible hands. During an emotionally trying time, you can count on Heath Baker to look out for you and your family’s best interests.
For any and all matters of family law, contact the Law Office of Heath L. Baker. Call (951) 222-2228 or fill out an online inquiry to schedule your free consultation today.
Service Area: Heath L Baker proudly serves Riverside County and the cities therein. Including but not limited to, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Corona, Murrieta, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, Indio, Hemet, Norco, Canyon Lake, Perris and Menifee as a Visitation Rights Lawyer and Child Custody Attorney.