Articles Posted in Family Law

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This is the seventh and final entry in my seven-part blog series entitled “California Court’s Consideration in Making Custody Awards.”  As stated in Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6,  I am writing this series due to the number of emails and calls I receive in my California Family Law Practice on a weekly basis from concerned parents regarding their California custody cases. It’s my hope to help shed a little light on this issue so that my reader is better able to navigate his/her way in the California legal system regarding their custody case.  Part 7 focuses on issues relating to existing restraining orders—a look at this issue from the court’s perspective. This issue, and many others, are factors a California judge will look at when making a determining on custody. Continue reading →

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In my California family-law practice, I am constantly asked if it’s okay for a parent to waive child support. When asked, the reasons for considering waiving child support are as follows: Mom doesn’t want Father to seek custody and visitation; 2) Father asks Mother to not seek child support in consideration of Father not seeking custody or visitation; 3) Mother is afraid Father will not pay spousal support if Mother seeks child support. These are but a few examples of why one or both parents may not ask or seek child support. The purpose of this blog post is to shed light on what the law says regarding child support, to include whether or not a parent is allowed to waive child support. Continue reading →

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As a California family-law attorney, I take for granted that the law related to family law is simple. For reasons that I need to keep reminding myself, it is important that I remember that not everyone knows the basics of the legal issues surrounding a California divorce. Knowing at least the basics about California law on divorces, is an important first step to understanding your divorce. Continue reading →

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As a California, family-law attorney, I can’t tell you how many times I am asked, “How Much Is It Going to Cost Me to Get My California Divorce?  My response is always, “You tell me!”  This response always surprises my prospective clients.  While I can tell my prospective client how much the filing fee is ($410 for 2012), I cannot, in all honesty, tell them anything else about the matter.  Here’s why: Continue reading →

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Taken straight from today’s headlines:  “Could Conditions in Octomom’s  House Cause Her to Lose custody to her 14 kids?” Believe it or not, this article identifies issues taking place every day amongst private citizens throughout the U.S. The article identifies issues that are  common-place for single parents and  couple’s dealing with custody issues, vis-à-vis, at what point would a parent’s “parenting” terminate their custodial and/or visitation rights? Continue reading →

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Introductions

I am a family-based, California-licensed attorney. A family-based attorney is not the same as a “family-law attorney.” A family-based attorney seeks to address and assist the family with any legal issues that surround a typical family. Typical legal issues that touch an average family include financial and consumer issues (consumer law and probate law), probate and estate-planning issues (probate law) and, of course, family-law issues (family law). In my years of experience, I have learned that a typical family deals with many issues as a family; for instance, a person going through divorce, needing to consider bankruptcy in wake of their impending divorce and/or needing to consider short-sale or foreclosure for the family residence because they can no longer afford to keep up with payments. In other instances, a family having concerns regarding their elderly parents (Conservatorship law and/or probate law). I feel it important to have cross-over knowledge and experience of these additional legal issues in order to properly counsel my clients. Continue reading →