We Handle a Variety of Family Law Matters

Three in oneExperienced attorney Linda J. Claypool practices family law exclusively, and she is capable of providing diligent representation in all family law areas including:

Divorce and Legal Separation: We represent clients through all stages of a divorce or legal separation, from the decision to file through negotiations, litigation or trial. You can rely on our experience to guide you through your dissolution of marriage or legal separation, whether contested or uncontested. For more information on what typically happens in a dissolution of marriage action, please see our page on Divorce and What You Can Expect.

Annulment: We can also help you if you are seeking an annulment.

Property Division: Most people face disputes involving the division of property at the time of divorce or legal separation. Having extensive knowledge of California's community property laws from many years of experience in our local courts, we can effectively protect your rights to assets.

Modification of Existing Orders: We also handle post-judgment requests for modification of court orders.

Child Custody and Visitation: If you have children, then you are also faced with the issues of child custody and visitation. The court must look to what is in the 'best interests' of the child, but determining what exactly this means and demonstrating how valuable you are in your child's life can be very complicated. More than in any other area, having skilled and competent legal representation can have a huge impact on the outcome. Realize that it is crucial you have legal assistance from the very beginning. If you wait until you are unhappy with the outcome, even with the assistance of any attorney, correcting things can take far longer than doing it right the first time. Even if you and the other party are in agreement on child custody and visitation, it is important that the agreement be written up correctly so that you have an enforceable court order that fully protects your rights.

Child Support: We work strategically to help clients collect necessary support or defend against unmanageable obligations. Taking the time to inform you of your rights under California law and guidelines, we can help you determine how much the support should be, whether you're the one paying or seeking support from another party. We also handle support matters that are going through the Department of Child Support Services or State Disbursement Unit.

Spousal Support: If you are in need of financial assistance from your spouse, you may be entitled to spousal support. We can also help you if your husband or wife is coming after you for support, or sometimes known as alimony. Our office can explain to you what the Court looks to determine if spousal support should be awarded, and if so, how much you can expect it to be for. We can also explain to you how long you can expect the support to continue. Just give us a call to arrange a time to talk to the attorney, Linda J. Claypool.

Parentage Action: Paternity, also known as a parentage action, is necessary when the parents of a child are not married. Through this proceeding, you can establish paternity, request DNA testing to confirm or deny parentage, and obtain child custody and visitation orders, as well as child support orders. This action can also address the issues of medical expenses relating to the pregnancy, medical and dental expenses of the child, child care expenses and even attorney fees. Whether you want to establish parentage or defend against an allegation of paternity, we know how to protect your rights.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: Whether you are a victim or an alleged abuser, we can assist you in your family law restraining order matter. If you are facing a dispute involving domestic violence, or allegations of abuse, we are experienced and qualified to help you. This includes preparing and filing all necessary documents, as well as representing you as your advocate in all court hearings and proceedings.

Department of Child Support Services: The DCSS is set up to recover child support payments made by government agencies. We can help represent you in all DCSS matters.

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Talk to Our Seasoned Divorce Lawyer in Riverside County

If you have a family law need, contact us online, or call us at 951-787-8700 for a free initial consultation.

Our family law firm is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

We accept Visa and MasterCard and offer payment plans to qualified clients.

Law Offices of Linda J. Claypool

6841 Magnolia Avenue, Suite B
Riverside, CA 92506
Local: 951-787-8700

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