Los Angeles, CA Family Law Firm
Law Office of Randi Susan Klein
811 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90017
Phone (213) 680-4353
Law Office of Randi Susan Klein Overview
The Law Office of Randi Susan Klein is a family law firm conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles that serves clients throughout Southern California. Practice areas consist of divorce (including no-fault divorce), separation/annulment, custody/visitation rights, paternity law, and pre/postnuptial agreements as well as domestic violence and abuse. Additionally, Ms. Klein has prior experience in the field of juvenile dependency and works to help many families avoid being split up.
Practicing family law for nearly 30 years, Attorney Klein works to resolve cases as peacefully as possible so that all parties involved – particularly children – can emerge with as few adverse effects to their lives as possible. Should a case end up going past mediation and negotiations and into trial, Ms. Klein assertively pursues each client’s best interests with highly knowledgeable legal counsel and representation.
Year this Office was Established: 2000
Languages: Italian, English
Law Office of Randi Susan Klein Areas of Law
- Domestic Violence
- Child Custody & Visitation
- Child Support
Additional Areas of Law: Victims of Domestic Violence; Spousal Support; Paternity; Juvenile Dependency; Legal Separation; Division of Assets; Modification of Child Support Orders; Modification of Custody Orders; Move Away Cases; Legal Guardianship; Probate Guardianship; Civil Harassment Restraining Orders; Limited Scope Legal Representation.
Law Office of Randi Susan Klein Areas of Law Description
The Law Office of Randi Susan Klein represents clients for their family law concerns in the following areas:
California is a “no-fault” divorce state. That means that if one spouse wants to terminate the marriage, the other spouse cannot prevent him or her from doing so. It also means that when a judge decides the underlying issues, his or her determination will not be based on who s/he believes to have caused the break-up, or, put differently, whose conduct the judge believes to have been more culpable.
– Legal Separation
Depending upon the circumstances, a party may opt to file for legal separation until s/he meets the California residency requirement. When parties are legally separated, their property is divided and support issues are determined. Also, property acquired by either party, after they’ve been legally separated, will not be classified as community property.
– Division of Assets
California is a Community Property State. That means that absent certain exceptions, all property that is acquired or improved during a marriage will be divided equally amongst the parties when the marriage is dissolved. Property that was inherited or acquired before marriage will continue to be the separate property of the acquiring spouse.
– Child Custody
There are two types of child custody in California: Legal and Physical Custody.
* Legal Custody
Legal custody is governed by California Family Code section 3003. It involves the right of the parents to make decisions regarding their children’s health, education and welfare. These decisions include the selection of the children’s doctors, the schools they attend, their religious instruction, their after-school activities, and basically, any major decision involving their life.
* Physical Custody
Physical custody refers to the living arrangement of the children and is governed by California Family Code section 3004. Unlike legal custody, it is not uncommon for there to be an unequal division of physical custody. Thus, if the children spend the majority of their time with one of the parents, that parent will be deemed to have primary physical custody.
* Modification of Custody Orders
Court-ordered custody arrangements may always be modified by a showing of changed circumstances. Examples of changed circumstances include a change in parent’s work schedule, a change in jobs, obligations to a new family, and relocation. A court will modify an order based on the children’s best interests.
– Child Support
Child support orders are based on two primary factors: 1) the income of both parties, and, 2) the amount of time each party spends with the children. Generally, the non-custodial parent, or the parent whose income is the highest, pay support to the other parent for the time period that the children are not in his or her custody.
– Spousal Support
In addition to Child Support, a California court may order that one spouse pay support to the other, both during the dissolution proceeding in order to maintain the status quo, and after the final judgment of dissolution has been entered. The duration of court-ordered spousal support will depend upon the length of the marriage.
– Domestic Violence
A party who has been found to have engaged in domestic violence is presumed to be an unfit parent. Therefore, a finding of domestic violence can negatively affect a parent’s custody rights. A party who is a victim of domestic violence should seek intervention from the police and the courts.
Paternity actions are filed in situations where parties who are parents together, never married, and one of the parents is seeking support, custody, or a determination of parentage. Party, the mother or the father, may file a Petition to Establish Paternity.
– Juvenile Dependency
Juvenile dependency proceedings are initiated when it is believed that the children have been abused or neglected. The office of the County Council files a petition to make these children wards of the court. These proceedings are governed by California Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 et, seq.
|Ms. Randi Susan Klein
Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Law
Law Office of Randi Susan Klein Affiliations
- Los Angeles Jewish Bar Association
- Beverly Hills Bar Association
- Italian American Lawyers Association
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association