Family Law, Divorce, Child Support Lawyer in California

Chino, Upland, and Moreno Valley

Divorce, child custody, child support and family law become complicated by heightened emotions. Hedtke Law Group can help you develop optimal solutions.

Effective and Affordable Divorce Solutions

Taking the time to select the right attorney can seem like a daunting task. When the pressure of divorce is added to the decision, it can quickly become emotionally overwhelming. It is wise to retain a skilled family law lawyer to navigate you through these difficulties. Neil R. Hedtke is known for providing personal attention, thorough preparation and an in-depth knowledge of family law issues. Michael and Cynthia, valued and trusted assistants, strive to remove as much stress and worry from clients’ lives as possible. We recognize that this is an emotional time for our clients and their children. Divorce can be one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. We work with our clients so they have realistic expectations, an understanding of the legal process and a firm grasp on the challenges they might face as the case proceeds.

We will walk you through the procedures for initiating divorce or pursuing a formal legal separation in California. We will explain all steps in the divorce process so that you can prepare yourself and make informed decisions at each stage. Our attorneys are well-versed in all divorce situations and collateral issues, including:

  • The role of mediation, even in complex and high-conflict divorce
  • Temporary orders for custody, support, and marital property
  • All facets of property division and community property disputes
  • All matters of custody, visitation, and child support
  • Alimony (married couples) and Marvin actions (unmarried couples)
  • LGBT matters, including same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships
  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements (creating or litigating)
  • Domestic violence restraining orders
  • Bankruptcy in the context of divorce
  • Post-divorce modifications of court orders
  • Appeals of family court (or civil court) orders
  • Domestic torts (transmission of STDs, invasion of privacy, etc.)

We handle your personal and financial matters with the foresight and attention to detail necessary to ensure that your unique circumstances are given proper consideration, that your marital and parental rights are protected, and that your marital estate is justly divided. We will conduct discovery in accordance with the needs of your matter and we will address the complex financial issues that arise out of the division of businesses, pensions and retirement plans, stock portfolios, stock options, and real estate.

Child Custody Attorney

One of the most adversarial aspects of any divorce involving children is the determination of child custody & visitation. These disputes can be resolved through mediation and negotiation, but it takes a skilled attorney to guide the parties through a dispute to a successful conclusion. Neil R. Hedtke understands child custody law and mediation. Hedtke Law Group has guided many clients through these difficult and emotionally charged disputes with care and understanding. Our clients appreciate our attentiveness, responsiveness and ability to meld their goals with the best interests of their children in the eyes of the court. Child custody, or visitation, can take many forms, including: Sole Legal Custody (in which one parent is entitled to make important decisions in a child’s life), Joint Legal Custody (in which both parents are entitled to make major decisions concerning the child’s education, religious upbringing and medical care), Joint Physical Custody (in which each parent shares time with the child. Physical custody usually coincides with joint legal custody. Decisions regarding education, religion and medical care will typically be made by both parents), and Primary Physical Custody (in which the children reside primarily with one parent). In many situations, there is a vast divide between what the court sees as the best interest of the child and what each parent might want to see in the parenting plan. It is Neil’s job, as your attorney, to work through this tension and help establish a plan that will benefit the child’s growth and development. Trust us to work diligently toward a satisfactory resolution of all the issues in your divorce.

  • In legal separation and dissolution proceedings, as well as in post-judgment matters, disputes often arise over the amount of child support payable by one parent to the other. California has adopted statutory guidelines for determining child support. These guidelines require consideration of factors including the incomes of both parents, the number of children for which support is required, the cost of health insurance paid by the parents, and the amount of time the children spend with each parent. A comprehensive understanding of these factors is necessary to ensure that the amount of child support proscribed by the guidelines accurately reflects the true income and expenses of the parents. At the Hedtke Law Group, we diligently work on behalf of our clients in the Inland Empire to obtain accurate information to substantiate income and expenses, including discovery of hidden or non-traditional sources of income, to ensure that the amount of child support is an accurate reflection of the incomes of the parties in an effort to protect the best interests of the children for whom the support is ordered. We will counsel you as to the factors that affect the amount of child support payable, and gather all the financial information necessary to ensure that a child support order is entered which properly applies the child support guidelines within the particular circumstances of your case.

To schedule a free consultation, please call Hedtke Law Firm today at our Upland office at: 909 579-2233 or Chino office: 909 457 0183 or Moreno Valley office at: 951 746 1722.