Bay Area Family Law

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hayward Family Law

Hayward Family law is an area of the law. Hayward Family law deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including, but not limited to:

  • the nature of Hayward marriage, Hayward civil unions, and Hayward domestic partnerships;
  • the termination of the relationship and matters including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders (in the United States, child custody and visitation, child support awards).
  • issues arising during Hayward marriage, including spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, and child abduction

Usually, if you're searching for Hayward family law, you're going through a divorce, and you need help. We suggest that you fill out our contact form, and let us find someone to represent you.

This list above is by no means dispositive of the potential issues that come through the Hayward Family law court system. In many jurisdictions in the United States, the family courts see the most crowded dockets. Litigants representative of all social and economic classes are parties within the system. Because the Hayward Family law courts are notoriously underfunded and see a relatively large proportion of economically dependent litigants, a common criticism levied is that the Hayward Family law system inherently prejudices the needs of these disadvantaged parties.

Here is a list of Do's and Don'ts about Hayward family law. Hopefully it helps...


  • have huge, ugly, name-calling fights in front of the children.
  • let your child feel like he or she is being shuttled between parents.
  • prevent your ex-spouse's parents and other relatives from having access to the child.
  • allow issues of visitation or custody to become linked with those of alimony and child support.
  • say negative things about your ex-spouse?even if you feel strongly that they are true.
  • try to hurt your ex-spouse by discouraging visitation.
  • use the child for emotional support or as someone in whom you confide your deep, dark secrets.
  • use your child to deliver negative messages to your ex-spouse.
  • ask your child to choose whom he or she loves more or with whom he or she wants to live.


  • Establish positive patterns of child care from the beginning of the separation.
  • Continue to reassure your children that even though you and your spouse no longer love each other, you will always love and care for them.
  • Let your child continue being a child.
  • Inform your child's teachers about your divorce and about any accompanying changes in living arrangements.
  • Encourage the child to have a continued relationship with your ex-spouse.
  • Try to establish and maintain a calm atmosphere and a stable environment.
  • Try to establish and maintain regular patterns of visitation.
  • Make sure your children know (by specifically telling them) that you love them and that the divorce is not their fault.
  • Reassure your child that divorce is not a sign of personal failure or a cause for shame.
  • Try to include your spouse in important decisions and events in your child's life.

If you're thinking about getting a divorce, let us help. You have two general options:

Hayward Family Law Contested divorce

If you go down this road, here's what you can expect...

  • Meet With Your Hayward Family Law Attorney
  • Service of Your Hayward Family Law Petition on Your Spouse
  • Your Spouse Must Answer the Hayward Family Law Petition
  • You Will Have to Wait Before Proceeding
  • Discovery
  • Settlement
  • Trial
  • Post-Trial Motions (doesn't always happen)
  • Appeal (doesn't always happen)

Fill out our contact form. We can find a Hayward family law firm that can help you through this.

Hayward Family law Mediation - A More Simple Solution

What is Hayward Divorce Mediation?
Mediation is a process whereby a third party meets with a divorcing couple to help them reach a mutual and informed agreement for the terms of their separation, divorce or post-divorce dispute.

Mediation acknowledges that divorce is an emotional event as well as legal one. It therefore provides a safe setting for parties to communicate their needs and interests with each other while focusing on principled problem solving such as fairness, self-determination and the best interest of all family members.

What is the Time and Cost?
Hayward Family law Mediation Fees usually based on hourly rates and payable after each session. Hayward Family law Mediation takes significantly less time than litigation and because both parties pay one mediator instead of two advocates, the total cost will be substantially less than hiring separate lawyers in an adversarial process. A typical comprehensive mediated divorce takes 4-5 sessions, whereas a typical litigated divorce can take years.

Is Mediation Legally Binding?

Yes. Once all of the outstanding issues are resolved and a tentative agreement has been reached, that understanding will be memorialized into to a formal, written agreement. Once the parties sign that agreement, it will not only be binding as a legal contract, but it will also be accepted by the Courts should they later wish to finalize a divorce.


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