Category Archives: Family Law, Marriage, Divorce & Custody

How To Get More Out of Your Divorce Case

By | July 29, 2011

If you’re just entering or in the middle of a divorce case, it can be a tough time to think about strategy. After all, a divorce case is full of emotional investment on both ends of the spectrum. Under the circumstances, it’s no surprise that it can be hard to think clearly. But that’s no reason you can’t… Read More »

Read These 5 Tips Before Filing for Divorce

By | July 22, 2011

There’s an old saying that states an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But this doesn’t apply only to the medical world; it applies to just about every aspect of our lives, including our relationships. If you’ve come reading this far, it means you’re thinking about a divorce – either you’re going to file it… Read More »

Hope for Better Access to the Courts/Family Code 2003 Revision (Jan. 2011)

By | June 27, 2011

Access to an Attorney and the Real Cost of Self Representation During my 33 years as an attorney practicing Divorce and Family Law in California, I’ve witnessed many changes in the rules controlling how our courts manage these cases. By far, one of the most important family law changes to date concerns getting court orders for attorney fees… Read More »

Collaborative Law – Divorce with Dignity

By | June 6, 2011

Television tends to glorify the divorce process as a modern day fight to the death. Every TV show dealing with divorce shows the ugly side. They break it into segments. First, one spouse does something terrible. Second, the other spouse finds out. Third, the lawyers scream and yell. Fourth, the plot twist appears. Fifth, they go to court… Read More »

The Blame Game – Strategies for an Amicable Divorce

By | May 23, 2011

Divorce can be an ugly word, particularly if the circumstances surrounding the separation are not entirely congenial.  An ugly divorce can turn into an ugly divorce proceeding, which in turn evolves into a number of legal hassles that a lot of people have to deal with – including lawyers who charge you by the hour.  Needless to say,… Read More »

Divorce, Children and the Holidays

By | December 13, 2010

Every parent should want to raise their children to lead happy, healthy lives as productive members of society. If possible, divorcing parents want their children to be free of the stress and strife caused by breakup of the family. Unfortunately, the holiday season has the potential to create hostility, turmoil, chaos, and stress. This can cause children to… Read More »

The Importance of Beneficiary Designations

By | December 10, 2010

When was the last time your reviewed the beneficiary designation form from your retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policies or annuities?  If your answer is typical, you don’t remember. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision should motivate some people to move this overlooked step higher on their priority list.  This particular ruling involved a 401(k) plan, but it… Read More »

Divorce and Its Effects Under Ethiopian Family Law

By | September 22, 2010

If you wonder to know how marriage dissolves in Ethiopia here is some brief note. In Ethiopia, there are three forms of marriage. i.e. Civil, Customary And Religious Marriages. But the effect of dissolution of all forms of marriage is the same. The Three Ways of Dissolution of Marriage There are three causes of dissolution of marriage in… Read More »

Top Ten Things To Look For In A Family Lawyer

By | July 27, 2010

I have found that when most people meet with me about their divorce, custody modification, or other related family law issues, they often ask whether the opposing attorney is tough, a fighter, or will tell me that they heard that their spouse’s attorney is a “real shark”, or worse. Everyone wants a family law attorney that can handle… Read More »

Why Every Couple Needs a Prenuptial Agreement

By | May 9, 2008

Are you preparing for marriage? Although many people frown upon prenuptial agreements, more and more couples today understand they are an important part of a responsible union. Prenuptial agreements present couples with an opportunity to discuss and put into written form their understanding of the bounds of their marriage in terms of assets and also debts.