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Heath Newton Counselors at Law Share Three Essential Tips on How to Choose a California Prenuptial Agreement Attorney


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 08, 2012

Heath Newton Counselors at Law extends its accolades for being on the right path in San Francisco family law the path of information gathering. Many people enter marriage (which is a legal contract) without realizing that when the ceremony is over, they legally accept Californias Family Code as their own default prenup unless they opt out.

An attorney should let their client know what the law is, what theirr choices are, and the implication of both. Maybe the client wants to change how the Family Code applies to their marriage and maybe they dont. Its always wise to make informed decisions, and this process can only strengthen the marriage in the future.

Congratulations! If youre considering consulting with a California prenuptial agreement attorney, good things must be happening in your life and were very happy for you, said Felix Chen, marketing coordinator of Heath Newton LLP. We would like to get your marriage started on the right path and avoid as many conflicts down the line as possible.

Heath Newton Counselors at Law is sharing the top three qualities of a qualified prenuptial agreement attorney. When a premarital couples interviews potential lawyers, look for the lawyer who stands out by:

San Francisco Family Law Attorneys of Heath Newton LLP Offer Important Tips on Grandparents Visitation Rights


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

When it comes to the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren, San Francisco child custody attorneys of Heath Newton Counselors at Law explain there is still hope for visitation when family complications take a turn for the worst.

In California, its the parents who make the rules and determine who spends time with their children. Parents are entitled to make the lifestyle, general welfare, educational, religious, and medical decisions for their child, and the courts support this right. That usually includes whether or not the children get to see their grandparents.

The term grandparents rights is commonly misused in California, says Robert Kamin, associate attorney of Heath Newton. While California law does recognize that its sometimes in the best interests of grandchildren to have visits with their grandparents, there is no grandparent right to see their grandchildren, per se.

Kamin continues to explain that although these rights may not legally exist, often times grandparents are granted visitation under certain circumstances, even against parental wishes. In cases where the primary guardians have proven to be undesirable or unreliable, the grandparents are sometimes granted certain privileges to ensure the childs wellbeing.

In this scenario, a grandparent must overcome a difficult legal presumption that it is in the childs best interest to visit with the grandparent. In cases where no divorce or similar proceeding is established, a grandparent may not even have standing to petition the court for visitation rights.

In California, once a grandparent is before the court, two important elements will need to be demonstrated:

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San Francisco Family Law Specialists of Heath Newton Counselors at Law Answer Five FAQs About Alimony in California


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

The San Francisco divorce attorneys of Heath Newton LLP have recently discussed some of the most commonly asked questions regarding alimony cases in California on its family law blog at http://www.heathnewton.com/blog/.

Question 1: How is alimony calculated in California?

Answer: Typically during the initial stages of the divorce process in California, the most common formula is: 40% of the higher earning spouses income minus 50% of the lower earning spouses income equals the spousal support amount.

As the divorce course of action progresses, many other factors are taken into consideration including standards of living, duration of the marriage, earning potential on both sides and more.

Question 2: How long does alimony last in California?

Answer: Duration of spousal support is determined on a number of factors, mainly length of the marriage. If a marriage lasts for 10 years or more, it is considered a long-term marriage and spousal support is usually set for a fixed period of time, with a conditional termination date or indefinitely.

A marriage lasting less than 10 years is considered a short term marriage and the duration of spousal support typically lasts about half of the the marriage length. For example, an eight year marriage would garner 4 years of spousal support.

Question 3: Can California spousal support be modified?

Answer: Yes. Unless there was an agreement established barring modifications in the divorce proceedings, as life situations for either party changes, requests can certainly be made and fulfilled.

For example, if the payee of spousal support has a loss of income, a case can be made to reduce the amount of spousal support received by the other party.

Question 4: Does Alimony End if My Spouse Gets Remarried or Cohabitates?

Answer: In most cases, marital settlement agreements or court orders mandate that alimony responsibility ends upon death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving spouse.

Question 5: Can Alimony Be Paid in a Lump Sum, Instead of Monthly?

Yes. It is quite common that both parties want to end things with a clean break instead of having to keep up with monthly payments and add more stress to their day to day lives. If both parties come to an agreement on this, a lump sum is an easy and fair way to go.

To learn how California community property and marital law apply to your individual situation or if you want to learn more about prenuptial agreements, we invite you to consult with one of our qualified family law attorneys. Email info(at)heathnewton(dot)com or call (415) 398-1290. We look forward to hearing from you and, again, congratulations on your pending marriage we wish you, and the person you love, a happy future.

About Heath Newton LLP:

Heath-Newton LLP specializes in family law, asset protection and estate planning services. Based in San Francisco, their boutique firm has earned a reputation for managing their clients cases well, reaching successful resolutions and minimizing costs and disruption to their clients lives.

They have handled a long list of family-law cases, including a broad range of issues facing new families (such as domestic partnerships, premarital agreements, adoption and more), as well as divorce, asset division, child custody and child and spouse support. They also have extensive experience in San Francisco estate planning, wills, probate, mediation, living wills and trusts.

Collectively, their attorneys have thousands of hours of experience, allowing them to be both efficient and effective. They are guided by a practical approach that emphasizes avoiding litigation to minimize costs and disruption; however, they can and will be fierce litigators when all other strategies have proven ineffective. For more information visit their website at http://www.heathnewton.com. To discuss a situation with one of their attorneys, please call them at (415) 398-1290.







Heath Newton Attorney Pens Article Reflecting On The Steve Nash Child Custody Battle


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2013

Health Newton Attorney Alison K. Grcevich authored a piece reflecting on the Steve Nash child custody battle currently taking place in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) star is hoping to be absolved of paying child support for his three children.

Nashs lawyer argued that he pays for almost all the medical expenses, child care, school and activity costs for the children, while his ex-wife, Alejandra is already pulling in a hefty income to the tune of $ 30,000 per month, although it comes nowhere close to her famous ex-husbands haul. In addition, Alejandra also received around $ 5 million in the divorce settlement. That money should not play into a support decision, seeing how that money is strictly allocated for her, while support money (alimony) is supposed to be dedicated to the childrens well-being.

In addition, Alejandra is reportedly trying to move the children from Arizona to California, while Nash fights to block them.

California is known for having higher child support orders than many other states, says Alison K. Grcevich, an attorney with Bay-area family law firm Heath Newton. Because the cost of living in California is one of the highest in the nation, the result is higher child support orders than many other states, where living expenses are naturally lower.

To read the full article visit: http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/05/steve-nash-ducks-child-support-payments/.

About the Company:

At Heath-Newton LLP, they specialize in family law, asset protection and estate planning services. Based in San Francisco, their boutique firm has earned a reputation for managing their clients cases well, reaching successful resolutions, and minimizing costs and disruption to their clients lives.

They have handled a long list of family law cases, including a broad range of issues facing new families (such as domestic partnerships, premarital agreements, adoption and more), as well as divorce mediation, asset division, child custody and child and spouse support. They also have extensive experience in estate planning, wills, probate, mediation, living wills and trusts.

Collectively, their attorneys have thousands of hours of experience, allowing them to be both efficient and effective. They are guided by a practical approach that emphasizes avoiding litigation to minimize costs and disruption; however, they can and will be fierce litigators when all other strategies have proven ineffective. For more information on their divorce lawyers, please visit their website at http://www.heathnewton.com. To discuss a situation with one of their attorneys, please call them at (415) 398-1290.







Terrance C. Heath of Heath Newton LLP was a Guest on the Wealth Psychology Show


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2013

Heath Newton LLP family law attorney Terrance C. Heath was a recent guest on the Wealth Psychology Show with Emily Bouchard and Dr. Jamie Trager-Muney, Ph.D. The show is aired online on the Sylvia Global Media Network every Tuesday from 8-9 a.m. and focuses on redefining wealth and maximizing money potential for women.

Heath joined the show to discuss the emotional side of domestic partnerships. Heath explained the differences between a registered domestic partnership and a marriage. He answered questions about entering into a registered domestic partnership and whether or not there will be marriage equality in California and throughout the United States. Heaths experiences as a family lawyer allowed him to give advice to family and divorce attorneys as to what advice they can possibly offer to a couple thinking of marrying or registering.

For the audience, Heath wanted to make sure they received resources that could make a difference for them and support them in taking actions with the person they love.

Heath is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Boston College Law School and established his private practice in 2002. In January 2010, he founded Heath-Newton LLP, a family-law firm located in San Francisco. He is managing partner of the six-lawyer firm. His firm is unique among law practices in that it is established on an articulated set of core values and a strong business plan.

About the Company:

At Heath-Newton LLP, they specialize in family law, asset protection and estate planning services. Based in San Francisco, their boutique firm has earned a reputation for managing their clients cases well, reaching successful resolutions, and minimizing costs and disruption to their clients lives.

They have handled a long list of family law cases, including a broad range of issues facing new families (such as domestic partnerships, premarital agreements, adoption and more), as well as divorce mediation, asset division, child custody and child and spouse support. They also have extensive experience in estate planning, wills, probate, mediation, living wills and trusts.

Collectively, their attorneys have thousands of hours of experience, allowing them to be both efficient and effective. They are guided by a practical approach that emphasizes avoiding litigation to minimize costs and disruption; however, they can and will be fierce litigators when all other strategies have proven ineffective. For more information on their divorce lawyers, please visit their website at http://www.heathnewton.com. To discuss a situation with one of their attorneys, please call them at (415) 398-1290.