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2016 Amendments to California Family Code

The New Year brings new changes to many laws including California’s Family Code. Some of these changes or amendments to California’s Family Code include:

AB 1407 (which creates a new Section 6347 of the Code), which becomes effective on July 1, 2016 boosts protections for victims of domestic violence. This new addition to the California Family Code will allow victims of domestic violence to ask the Family Court to order cell phone and wireless telephone providers to transfer accounts held and/or controlled by those accused of domestic violence. The aim of this new addition is to protect lines of communication for victims of domestic violence and allows for the transfer of billing and account information to the party seeking the protection order in Family Court. It also allows the Court to keep confidential the telephone number of the party requesting the court order.

AB 1014 (effective January 1, 2016) allows for firearms and handguns to be taken by the state if a judge determines an individual is “at risk for violence”. Under AB 1014, family members and law enforcement officials will be able to seek a specialized restraining order which can remain in place for up to one (1) year.

Changes to California’s Family Code concerning factors to be considered in ordering spousal support were effective January 1, 2016 and current bills working through the California legislature seek to change or better define the “date of separation” during a divorce proceeding. The date of separation is essential to determine appropriate marital and personal assets of a couple and in calculating spousal support. The Law Offices of Steven M. Bishop will be monitoring developments in the ever-changing legal landscape across California.

The Law Office of Steven M. Bishop has been providing the best family law representation to San Diego area residents for over 4 decades. Attorney Bishop ensures your rights and your assets are respected throughout the divorce process. For more than 40 years, the Law Office of Steven M. Bishop has built a solid reputation based on our knowledge of the law and our expert legal representation. 2016 brings many changes to the California Family Code and California law and we go to great lengths to stay up-to-date on all changes to the law so you are protected and advocated for when you need us most. Call today to learn more and to speak with one of our legal professionals.

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