• The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) is a division of the American Institute of Legal Counsel. It is designed to provide clients with a list of the highest rated law firms in each state. Our firm has been named in the 10 Best Law Firm list of 2017 for our commitment to legal excellence and dedication to client satisfaction. We are excited to accept this accomplishment, and look ...
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  • The Hunter Law Group Now 10 Best Lawyers for Family Law in 2016

    || 20-Apr-2016

    Attorney Daniel C. Hunter is proud to announce his recent admission to the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as this year’s 10 Best lawyers. Each year, the AIOFLA names top 10 lists of best attorneys by area of practice per state. Created in 2014, the AIOFLA aims to provide potential clients with an impartial third-party rating system that allows for clients to make an educated ...
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  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    || 23-Jul-2015

    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling in favor of nationwide same-sex marriages. In what is considered a victory for the gay rights movement, the court’s decision states that to deny same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional. As a result, all 50 states, including the 14 states that previously held bans, must now grant and recognize these marriages as ...
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  • What are the grounds for an annulment?

    || 29-Apr-2015

    When a court approves an annulment in California, the marriage is declared invalid, as if the marriage had not taken place at all. The state does not have any minimum or maximum time stipulation for filing for annulment; however, there are certain grounds for a marriage to meet to be eligible to be annulled. The couple seeking an annulment needs to be able to prove at least one of the grounds for ...
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  • What is the Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce?

    || 5-Mar-2015

    Uncontested divorce is just as it sounds—a divorce in which both spouses arrive at decisions as to the terms of the divorce without needing to go to trial. Truly uncontested divorces are rare in that disagreements are common, the key being that spouses do not require a court to agree on the specific terms of their divorce. Each divorce hinges on the couples deciding on the following issues: ...
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  • Understanding The Best Interest of the Child

    || 2-Sep-2014

    Are you in the midst of a child custody or child support battle as the result of a recent divorce? When negotiating a plan for sharing parenting time or custody of your children, the state will primarily consider the best interests of any children involved. This standard of putting their best interests first is used when deciding custody issues in the state of California. At The Hunter Law Group, ...
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  • Attorney Hunter Named to The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers

    || 26-Aug-2014

    Attorney Daniel C. Hunter IV, founding attorney of Hunter Law Group, has been named one of The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers. This invitation-only award entails recognition for outstanding legal work in family and matrimonial law, and encompasses the top 100 lawyers in each state. Before selection as a Top 100 lawyer, The National Advocates take into account various elements of an ...
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  • Can Your Divorce Affect Your Credit?

    || 25-Aug-2014

    Will your credit will be affected by your divorce? In short, it can. In marriage, couples oftentimes open individual and joint checking accounts in order to best manage their family's finances. This belongs solely to the individual. To the creditor, it is only the credit history of the person that opened the account that is considered. If the person does not have a strong financial history, an ...
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  • What Happens to Property When You get Divorced?

    || 8-Aug-2014

    When obtaining a divorce, one of the biggest issues is making sure that all property can be divided in the best interests of both parties. Due to the nature of divorce, it becomes necessary to involve the court in property division. In California, property obtained during marriage can be divided into separate property or community property. In the case of a divorce, separate property remains in ...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Legal Separation and a Divorce?

    || 31-Jul-2014

    There may be a time when a couple must decide whether a legal separation or a divorce best serves the needs of their future. While the two may seem similar, there are differences that should be considered before contacting a divorce attorney. A divorce is the legal status obtained when a couple decides to end their marriage. There are many reasons a couple may choose to end their marriage, whether ...
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  • Preparing for Your Uncontested Divorce Hearing

    || 13-Jun-2014

    Uncontested divorces are proceedings in which both parties have reached a mutual agreement of how to resolve the issues at hand, such as division of property and child support. These proceedings can be done through mediation. The uncontested divorce is far less time-consuming and expensive than the contested divorce—and more importantly, it can be less stressful. In order to prepare for your ...
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  • After taking part in a national radio broadcast regarding various divorce topics, Attorney Daniel C. Hunter, IV received an invitation to co-author a book titled, A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Divorce Attorneys in the United States. This book is being published in an effort to raise funds for children and many deserving families throughout the world, with 100% of the proceeds donated through ...
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  • Can I Change My Child Custody Agreement?

    || 16-Apr-2014

    As a parent, there are many reasons why you may feel the need to change an already existing child custody agreement. It could be perhaps that your original custody agreement was not as favorable as it should have been, or that you were persuaded into accepting terms during divorce proceedings which weren't in yours or your child's best interests. Whatever the reason, our firm is here to ...
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  • How is Child Support Calculated?

    || 4-Apr-2014

    When a married couple with children makes the decision to file for divorce, one of the most important aspects of their divorce will be focused around the care and upbringing of their children. Once it has been determine which parent will retain custody of the children, or whether both parents will have equal and shared custody, the next step will be to determine child support. Our state has one of ...
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  • What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?

    || 12-Feb-2014

    For those looking for an alternative to a contested divorce, a mediated divorce could be the way to go. A neutral third party, the mediator, can help a couple negotiate their own divorce settlement. This process affords a divorcing couple the chance to split up amicably, as both spouses have to agree to the process and have to be willing to agree to some compromises. If this sounds like a ...
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  • How Can I File for a Summary Dissolution in California?

    || 7-Feb-2014

    In California, some couples can get an expedited dissolution of marriage, or a quick way in which to end a domestic partnership. If you are interested in filing for this simpler divorce, you will need to first understand how a summary dissolution works, and which couples qualify for this. Who Can File? First things first: do you qualify for a summary dissolution? Only couples in very specific ...
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  • Changing Your Alimony Agreement

    || 2-Jan-2014

    As circumstances change, individuals may need to make modifications to their spousal support (alimony) agreements. For example, someone receiving alimony may no longer need this financial support due to the fact that he or she became self-sufficient or has remarried. Or, an individual paying spousal support might no longer be able make payments due to changes in his or her income level or ...
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  • Common Questions About Supervised Visitation

    || 24-Dec-2013

    There are some cases in which a parent may be ordered to supervised visitation. When this happens, the non-custodial parent is able to visit with his or her child, but only with a court-approved, neutral third party present. The role of this party is to ensure that the child is safe during the visit. Here are questions and answers concerning supervised visitation, as explained by the Orange County ...
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  • When Can a Man Be Presumed the Legal Father?

    || 16-Dec-2013

    In the state of California, there are multiple scenarios in which a man will be considered the presumed father. This includes a man who is considered the legal father even when he is not the biological father. Here are the scenarios, according to information available on the California Courts website : The man was married to the mother of the child at the time that the child was born or conceived. ...
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  • Attorney Hunter Talks Family Law on The Business Leader Spotlight Show

    || 22-Nov-2013

    Daniel Hunter, our law firm's Mission Viejo divorce attorney, recently had the honor of being featured on The Business Leader Spotlight Show, where he talked about a wide array of topics relating to divorce and family law within the state of California. The Business Leader Spotlight Show is a radio show that conducts interviews with successful business leaders from all over the country so that ...
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  • Common Divorce Questions

    || 20-Sep-2013

    Choosing to file for a divorce is a big decision for any person to make. Whether you are in an extremely unhappy marriage or you are simply ready to move on, the aspects of property division, child custody matters, and the like can be extremely overwhelming. It is for this reason that hiring a Mission Viejo divorce lawyer you can trust is so important. Here are a few common questions that people ...
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  • Important Factors to Consider When Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

    || 13-Sep-2013

    In the event that you are considering filing for a divorce from your spouse, hiring a trusted and experienced Mission Viejo divorce attorney is in your best interest. Here are a few simple, yet very important, things that you must consider when choosing what lawyer will represent you in the process. The attorneys experience is one of the most important things that you will want to research before ...
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  • Think Twice Before Doing a DIY Divorce

    || 6-Sep-2013

    While it may seem like a smart idea, "do it yourself" divorces are not going to give you the end results you want. In fact, you should really think twice before ever seeking to go through a divorce without the help of a skilled and experienced divorce attorney who can guide you every step of the way. There are a number of divorce ploys online that are trying to entice people to DIY ...
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  • Mediation: Avoiding Court during Your Divorce

    || 26-Aug-2013

    Many couples who are considering a divorce may be fearful of the whole court process, not just the time and extra efforts that are put into it, but also the fact that it can cause even greater tension. If you is you, you may not realize that your divorce doesn’t have to be a process of litigation, but rather can be one that consists of two peaceable individuals who desire to make this ...
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  • War of the Worlds: Avoiding the Battlefields of Divorce

    || 26-Aug-2013

    Television today often portrays divorce as this dramatic experience which involves a lot of screaming and arguing, often followed by throwing of objects in the home. Divorce is seen as being this terrifying experience in which families are tragically broken, children hurt, and parents leave one another feeling distraught and hopeless. While this may be the sad outcome for some families who are ...
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