Category Archives: Family Law, Marriage, Divorce & Custody

Divorce Myths: Top 30 Misunderstood California Family Law Principles (Part Two)

By | June 8, 2012

In reviewing readers’ posts on Lawguru.com, I frequently come across questions and comments that reveal misconceptions about California family law legal principles. In an effort to set the record straight on how the state’s family law legal system works, I’ve compiled a list of the top 30 family law myths that I’ve encountered, along with responses I have formulated… Read More »

Divorce Myths: Top 30 Misunderstood California Family Law Principles (Part One)

By | May 3, 2012

In reviewing readers’ posts on Lawguru.com, I frequently come across questions and comments that reveal misconceptions about California family law legal principles. In an effort to set the record straight on how the state’s family law legal system works, I’ve compiled a list of the top 30 family law myths that I’ve encountered, along with responses I have formulated… Read More »

What You Must Know About Pet Custody After Divorce

By | February 27, 2012

When it comes to the big issues – the cars, the homes, even the kids – divorce is a messy thing. But you’d be surprised just how messy a divorce can be even when it comes down to fighting over something relatively simple, like who gets custody of which pets. In some cases, one spouse might be more… Read More »

The Ins and Outs of Alimony Payments After a Divorce

By | February 22, 2012

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But if you’re already at the point of having to pay alimony after a divorce, then you know that you can’t go back and change how much prevention you put into the divorce itself. So what’s the cure? Information. The better you arm… Read More »

Raising a Post-Relationship Child: 5 Steps That Will Help

By | February 10, 2012

Parenting relationships for divorced or separated couples can sometimes turn into never-ending battles between mom and dad. In my law practice I’ve encountered many parents who make it clear to me that they wish the other parent would just drop off the face of the earth. Here’s the problem: This wish would be the last thing a child… Read More »

Domestic Violence: Early Defensive Measures are a Must to Protect Yourself and Your Children

By | January 13, 2012

THE GROWING PROBLEM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE A  disturbing trend that unfolded in parts of the Bay Area in the past year was a surge in domestic killings. As reported by Mark Gomez and Sean Webby for the San Jose Mercury News, ten of Santa Clara County’s 55 homicides involved domestic violence, with an additional five related suicides.  This… Read More »

California Courts Redefining Who Counts as a Parent: Could this Change Grandparent and Partner Rights?

By | December 29, 2011

As the definition of family in America expands and shifts, California courts are trying to keep pace by redefining individuals whom the law regards as parents. Judges in recent California cases have moved beyond traditional notions of biology and adoption and have begun at times to assign parental rights to adults with no genetic or legal ties to… Read More »

When Is It Time to Hire a Divorce Lawyer?

By | December 23, 2011

If you’ve come to this article because of a troublesome relationship with a spouse, you know just how tough these situations can be. A marriage is a major investment – not only of money and time, but of your own emotions, your hopes for the future, and countless sacrifices. Talking about getting a divorce seems to erase all… Read More »

Parenting During the Holidays: Three Steps to Create the Best Experience

By | November 23, 2011

The end of the year holiday visitation schedule can either result In a peaceful, memorable time for parents and their children, or it can  become a painful  exercise in frustration. I have encountered many families and their parenting arrangements in  my decades as a family law attorney.  Needless to say, I’ve observed the best and worst examples of… Read More »

New CA Restraining Order Law – Will this Law Protect the Children?

By | November 4, 2011

Long Term Restraining Orders Granted as Part of a Criminal Domestic Violence Conviction The good news is that  domestic-violence victims throughout California will be able to obtain long-term protective orders the instant their assailants are criminally convicted, rather than endure a multistep process that can drag on for months. This new law will take effect January 1, 2012.… Read More »