Family Law Attorney


A child custody order allows you to make important educational and medical decisions regarding your child as well as determines whether you will share in joint physical custody with your child’s other parent or if one parent will have sole physical custody custody of the child. A child custody order may provide a pathway for immigrant children to obtain special immigrant juvenile status who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both of their parents with whom reunification is not possible. In certain situations, a parent may obtain an “emergency” custody order. These emergency orders are called ex parte orders. However, the circumstances in which ex parte orders granting or modifying custody orders are limited. Under California Family Code §3064, the court is prohibited from both granting or modifying a custody order on an ex parte basis unless there has been a showing of an immediate harm to the child or an immediate risk that the child will be removed from the State of California. For the purposes of an ex parte child custody request, circumstances involving “immediate harm to the child” include both domestic violence and sexual abuse of the child.


A child custody visitation order puts a schedule in place allowing you and your child to have frequent and continuous contact with one another so that you may maintain and nourish your parent-child relationship.


Child support must be for the benefit of the child and allows the child to have the same standard of living while living in the homes of both parents as well as pays for the child’s necessary living expenses.


If you have experienced a significant change in circumstances, then you may request to modify your current custody, visitation or support order.


When a marriage or domestic partnership ends, the court may award spousal or domestic support long enough or until the supported party becomes self-supporting.


People can legally change their name for any number of reasons so long as the reason for doing so is not for purposes of committing fraud, hiding from law enforcement or another illegal reason.


Complimentary Consultation for Domestic Violence Restraining Order Matters

Castro Law Offices is currently providing complimentary 30-minute consultation for individuals with Domestic Violence Restraining Order matters in counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano*