Orange County Family Law Firm - Hughes and Hughes


The emotional and financial implications involved in paternity issues can be extremely complex and inflammatory, often occurring at a time in your life when your focus needs to be on Paternityyour child and family. Hughes & Hughes legal experts are an ideal choice for both mothers and fathers seeking to establish paternity, as well as those interested in refuting paternity claims.

We understand the full range of paternity issues that arise in today's society. These may include establishing paternity, securing child support, custody or visitation, same sex relationships, and the rights of unwed fathers. We will help guide you through the discovery process (including DNA testing when applicable), all legal proceedings, and the documentation process.

The Hughes & Hughes team also has the capability of following up effectively with the parental rights issues that arise once paternity is established. We have the personal and professional skills to be responsive to your needs and the needs of your children during an extraordinarily sensitive and trying time.

Custody, Visitation & Paternity Resources

About Child Custody Mediation
A resource to answer all your questions about child custody mediation.

California Department of Child Support Services
Establishing paternity.

Child Support Handbook
A guide covering the areas of child support and paternity, published by the California Department of Child Support Services.

Law Help California
Self help resources and court program locator regarding issues of custody and visitation.

Law Help California
Self help resources and court program locator regarding issues of paternity.

List of supervised visitation agencies
Contact information for nonprofit organizations that can provide you access to visitation.

What Should I Know About Divorce and Custody?
A State Bar of California pamphlet.


Latest News

 Bruce and Lisa Hughes worked with Senator Moorlach for the past year (July 2015-July 2016) on Senate Bill 1255. This bill was important to the citizens of the State of California and ultimately became California Family Code Section 70. This new provision resolved an issue raised by the Supreme Court on the Date of Separation between divorcing parties. The Date of Separationis vitally important as it determines when the marriage ended. This date is used to determine the legnth of marriage for Spousal Support purposes; it is used to calculate the community share of various financial instruments such as bonuses, stock options and retirement accounts. We were very pleased to have initiated this effort and monitored and revised the bill throughout its progress in cooperation with Senator's staff.

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