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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Courts take serious their responsibility to protect children. A parent who neglects or abuses a child is almost always seen as unfit to have custody and may even be limited or restricted in visiting with the child. CHILD CUSTODY Any behavior that is detrimental to the health or welfare of the child by those seeking custody will be… Read More »
It is getting to the point that almost every week a tragic attack concerning a child custody or divorce dispute appears in the news. A spouse disputing property and finances falls victim to an assault by the other party. Children are abducted and have been killed by a parent seeking revenge on the other parent.
Unless you were on a remote island for the last two years, you’ve suffered daily inundations of bad news about the state of the economy. California’ s overall unemployment remains over 10% and housing values crushed by the weakened real estate market continues its downward slide. In these hard economic times it can sometimes make good sense to… Read More »
When most people enter divorce proceedings, they often make one crucial mistake: they assume that they know better than their divorce attorney. I’m the one who’s living this situation, they rationalize. My divorce attorney might have experience but that doesn’t mean they know what I’m going through.
In all the years I’ve served my family law clients, rarely have I heard a client voice pleasure over the end of a marriage. Even clients getting out of abusive relationships confided to me that no matter how relieved they were to get away from the harmful, or even downright dangerous marriage, they felt real loss over the… Read More »