The family law attorneys of the Thomas Hogan Law Office have been assisting clients across California with assistance and advice on family law issues for over 25 years. California family law is vast. You will need the assistance of an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate the complex maze of California family law statutes, rules and procedures.

To learn more about family law and find out how the Fresno family law attorneys of the Thomas Hogan Law Office can help you call us at (559) 421-9577.


California family law allows minors who are at least 14 years old to apply for emancipation. An emancipated minor is an adult for all legal purposes. The minor’s parents no longer have an obligation to provide for the minor. However emancipation does not prevent the parents from providing for the minor out of their love and affection for him or her. The parents however cannot prevent the emancipated minor from leaving the home and staying alone or with others. The minor applying for emancipation must prove that emancipation is in his or her best interest. The parents must consent to the emancipation. A notice of the emancipation proceedings must be given to the parents. The parents can appear in the court and oppose the emancipation.


If you want to adopt a child, you must following the procedures laid down by California law. The adoption must be approved by the court. Adoption law is complex. Seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney to help you with the legal procedures associated with the adoption. Whether you opt for an agency adoption or an independent adoption, having an experienced family law attorney by your side will ensure that the entire adoption process goes through smoothly. The last thing you want in an adoption is the court to declare the adoption invalid because you failed to comply with the rules. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact Thomas Hogan Law Office in Fresno, California.

Grandparents and Stepparents

Grandparents have a legal right to visit their grandchildren after the parents divorce. Visitation by grandparents used to be decided by the custodial parent. But now every state has legislation authorizing grandparent visitation. In each case, the court’s decision to allow grandparent visitation is guided by the best interests of the child. Stepparents have parental rights over a stepchild only if they’ve agreed to assume certain parental obligations. Accepting legal responsibility for a stepchild usually gives a stepparent legal rights similar to parental rights. The extent of those rights would depend on the responsibilities assumed. A typical example of an assumed obligation might be an agreement to provide for a young stepson or stepdaughter. Sometimes, former stepparents have certain legal rights. Courts occasionally grant visitation rights to former stepparents after determining that visitation would be in the child’s best interests. Let our Fresno family attorneys assist you in these types of situation.

Minor vs. Parents

A minor can sue his or her parents certain wrongdoings. Today almost every state permits minors to sue their parents for certain torts. The most common is a suit for personal injuries resulting from a parent’s negligent driving. The child’s representative in this type of suit is often an insurance company. Also, almost every state permits minors to sue one or both parents for personal injuries intentionally inflicted. A minor can sue an aunt, uncle, grandparent, or other relative. These individuals have the same status as unrelated persons. The Thomas Hogan Law Office has a team of expert family law attorneys who can assist you in these types of cases. Visit or call our Fresno location.

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