ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW
JOHN A. BLEDSOE, JD, MBA
John A. Bledsoe is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over twenty-three years of experience practicing Family Law in California. Mr. Bledsoe has written and spoken widely on family law. He specializes in divorce, child custody, paternity, domestic violence, father’s rights, child support, spousal support and guardianships.
In addition to his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Bledsoe has earned a Master in Business Administration in Finance. Mr. Bledsoe is married to his wife of thirty-one years and is the father of six children
Practice Areas in Family Law
Divorce is known as the dissolution of marriage. In California, a person who has been a resident of the State for at least six months may file for dissolution of their marriage in a county where they have resided for at least six months. In California, the documents needed to start a marital dissolution are the Summons (Family Law) and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Where minor children are involved a Declaration Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act is also required. It is important that the Petition is filled out with the assistance of an attorney as the failure to request the required relief properly will prevent the court from granting that relief at a later stage of the case. The date of separation stated on the Petition also has significant implications for a the outcome of the case.
When a person files for divorce in California, the Court acquires jurisdiction (the power to make rulings) over their personal conduct, minor children and property. When the opposing spouse is properly served with the Summons and Petition that spouse also becomes subject to the jurisdiction of the Court…More
Keep Your Kids
Parents that separate will need to have a plan for deciding how they will share and divide their parenting responsibilities. This plan can be called a parenting plan, a time-share plan, or an agreement (“stipulation”) regarding child custody and visitation. Any plan must be in writing and signed by both parents and a judge. In California, either parent can have custody, or the parents can share custody. The judge makes the final decision but usually will approve the arrangement both parents agree upon. If the parents can’t agree, the judge will make a decision at a court hearing. The judge will usually not make a decision about custody/visitation until after the parents have met with a mediator. Parents can also hire a private mediator. If mediation doesn’t work, the judge will make a decision at a hearing. In some courts, the mediator will make a recommendation to the judge about custody/visitation orders. Ask the mediator how the process works in your local court…More
Get What You Deserve
Natural and adoptive parents must support their children until age 18. Stepparents are not normally required to provide support for their stepchildren. However, if a stepfather agrees to be listed as the father on a child’s birth certificate he may, under certain circumstances, have to pay support for that child. (You should contact a private attorney for help with spousal support, temporary alimony and permanent alimony).
Child support normally consists of a monthly cash payment to the parent who has the children living with him or her most of the time. However, the non-custodial parent may also be required to pay a proportional share of the child care expenses so the custodial parent can work or get training, and a proportional share of medical costs for the children that are not paid by insurance…More
That We Have Mastered
We offer a wide variety of legal services, with emphasis on matters related to the following areas of law:
- CHILD SUPPORT
If you are in need of assistance in any of these areas, we are you answer. After all, our firm doesn’t practice family law, we’ve mastered it…More
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