When a man is listed on a child’s birth certificate as the father but later learns that he is not the biological father, he may want to contest paternity. In California, specific steps must be taken to do this. If you are considering contesting paternity, it is essential to understand the process and what will […]
About David Patton
David Patton is a Family Law Specialist as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, limiting his practice to family law exclusively. He heads the firm’s family law practice.
Mr. Patton has 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, spending his early years focusing on insurance defense and plaintiff’s personal injury cases. After co-founding Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri in 1994, Mr. Patton developed the firm’s family law practice. Since then, he has become one of Silicon Valley’s top family law attorneys. Mr. Patton is a certified family law specialist. Only attorneys certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization may represent themselves as such.
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Divorce is a difficult process under the best of circumstances. The process can become even more complicated and contentious when spouses can’t agree on anything. The term “bifurcate” means to split something into two separate pieces. Therefore, in a bifurcated divorce, the court grants the divorce itself before resolving other issues in the case. What […]
When two people fall in love and decide to get married, everyone tends to focus only on the exciting events to follow. While marriage is definitely something to celebrate, it is nothing to be taken lightly. It is a lifelong commitment that unfortunately is becoming increasingly likely to end in divorce. A prenuptial agreement can […]
When two people get divorced, one of the most challenging and important decisions that must be made is who will have custody of the children. Judges must consider various factors in making this determination to ensure they are making a judgment that is in the child’s best interests. Judges often evaluate factors including each parent’s […]
No one gets married thinking that it will end in divorce, but the unfortunate reality is that it does happen. When it does, couples who have a prenuptial agreement in place are far better off than those who do not. A prenuptial agreement may protect both parties in the event of a divorce and ensure […]
In 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized federally in the United States, which meant that same-sex marriages were finally recognized in all states. This decision ensured that same-sex couples could receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including legal privileges such as medical insurance, tax benefits, and employee benefits for spouses. Since the ruling, same-sex couples […]
One of the most challenging things about going through a divorce when you have children is planning out a custody schedule that works for both parents. It’s difficult when there’s already animosity and resentment involved to come up with something that is fair and beneficial to both parents. Working with a child custody lawyer and […]
For same-sex couples, the right to marry comes with the right to divorce. Though no one enters a marriage intending to divorce, it is a necessary process for married couples who understand that marriage is no longer the best fit for them. While many aspects of divorce proceedings in California are the same for same-sex […]
Domestic violence restraining orders are incredibly helpful when you find yourself in a dangerous and abusive situation with some close to you. The court will grant these orders to you after an evaluation of the events leading up to you asking for a DVRO. There are various kinds of restraining orders – Emergency protective orders(EPO), […]
Most people understand what a prenup is, but what is a postnuptial agreement? This is an agreement many couples entering into marriage may not know about, but they should. How can a postnuptial agreement help you and your partner? What Is A Postnuptial Agreement? A postnuptial agreement is very similar to a prenuptial agreement. The […]