Family law is a vast area of law. You will need the assistance of an experienced Elk Grove family law attorney to help you navigate the complex maze of California family law. If you need advice on family law, contact the Thomas Hogan Law Office. Our family law attorneys can assist you and advice you on child custody, child support, emancipation, grand parent rights, adoption and other aspects of family law.

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Elk Grove Family Law: Child Custody

The courts in California consider many factors when deciding on which parent should be given custody of the children. Parental suitability of the spouse is one of the factors. In case of older children, the court will consider the wishes of the children. The non-custodial parent is generally given visitation rights. The non-custodial parent can file a petition in court to change the child custody order, if in the future, there is a substantial change in the circumstances such as the custodial parent becoming a drug addict or being convicted for a criminal offense which would require him or her to be imprisoned. If the custodial parent prevents the non-custodial parent from having exercising his or her visitation rights, the non-custodial parent can seek the assistance of the local police to enforce his or her rights. Denying visitation rights can result in a charge of contempt. An experienced Elk Grove family law attorney can assist you with your child custody and visitation battle. Contact the Thomas Hogan Law Office.

Elk Grove Family Law: Child Support

If you are given custody of the children, the court will ask your spouse to pay child support to you. Child support will continue until the child completes 18 years of age. At anytime you can ask the court to increase the amount of child custody. However,you must show that there is a considerable change in the circumstances. What is a considerable change in circumstances will depend on the circumstances of your case. If you are the paying spouse, you can apply to the court to decrease the amount of child support if you loose your job or there is a significant change in the circumstances. Don’t rely on the ready to use child support forms available on line. You will need the services of an experienced family law attorney.


Emancipation is the legal process by which a minor is considered an adult for all legal purposes. If you want to be emancipated, you must apply to the court. You must file the appropriate forms. Merely filing the forms will not suffice. You must demonstrate that emancipation is in your best interest and that you can take care of yourself. Once the court pass an order for emancipation, you will be considered an adult for all purposes. Your parents will no longer be required to provide for you. They may however continue to do so out of their love for you but they are not obliged to do so. Speak to an experienced family law attorney to know more about emancipation.


California adoption rules are complex. Don’t rely only on the various forms and guides available on the net. Each adoption is different. Your circumstances will be different from the circumstances of other adoptive parents. Having an experienced family law attorney by your side can make the adoption process less mentally exhausting. Our experienced family lawyers can help you with the procedures and ensure that the adoption follows the required procedures. Nothing can be more heart breaking than have a court declare an adoption void for failure to follow the procedure. Don’t let this happen to you. Consult an experienced Elk Grove family law attorney from the Thomas Hogan Law Office.

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