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Overview of the Divorce & Family Law Process in California

February 9, 2015

Generally, California has made the divorce process straight forward.  The problem becomes most of the areas have subtle and sometimes complex rules and legal analysis.  It is always my strong recommendation that you consult with an attorney.  A few years ago, California enacted laws that now permits an attorney to represent you, and charge you, […]

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3 Things You Must Know If You Are Served With Legal Papers Regarding A Family Law Case

January 2, 2015

3 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW IF YOU ARE SERVED WITH LEGAL PAPERS REGARDING A FAMILY LAW CASE OR CONTEMPLATING YOUR OWN FAMILY LAW CASE Family Law is a generic term used to describe cases that are handled by the Family Law Department of the California Superior Court.  They include divorces, paternity cases, most domestic violence […]

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When Your Spouse is Being Accused of Child Abuse

February 11, 2014


What should you do if your spouse is accused of child abuse?  What if you don’t know who to believe, your child or your spouse?  A situation like this can be stressful, emotionally draining and overwhelming.  It is important for the client to consider what is in his or her best interest and then proceed. […]

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Attorney Client Privilege Prevents Us From Responding To A Bad Internet Review

January 30, 2014

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This story has been modified to protect the confidentiality of the client.  Seems like a few years ago, I met with a client, and some of her family. She had just been bailed out of jail by the family; and had been charged with a very serious and embarrassing crime.   She was facing 25 years […]

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How To Talk To Social Workers

January 30, 2014


I always get nervous when a client has to speak to a social worker.  Below are some of the tips that I tell my clients to prepare them for any contact with a social worker. Never Criticize A Social Worker In my experience social workers are hard to get a hold off and sometimes slow […]

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How Does The Court Calculate Child Support

January 21, 2014

Many clients are confused about how child support is calculated and what factors are considered, the following is a brief explanation. Child Support is Calculated Using A Computer Program   Attorneys and judges use a computer program to calculate child support and spousal support.  The most common are Dissomaster or Ex-spouse.  The Department of Child […]

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What Not To Say In A Custody Battle

January 16, 2014

If you are currently going through a custody battle, the following blog will identify what NOT to say.   Do Not Focus on The Other Sides Weaknesses I often encounter clients who think they can win a custody battle, by slinging mud on the other side.  They want me to write declarations that focus on […]

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What To Do Before You File Divorce

January 9, 2014

If you are contemplating getting a divorce but haven’t started the process, this blog will tell you what steps you should take now to make sure you are prepared to file divorce. Document Control First and foremost, start making copies of tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, car titles, property deeds, trust documents etc.  […]

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Lawyers Reported Increasing DAMNING Evidence From Facebook

March 9, 2011

Facebook a top cause of Relationship Trouble, say US lawyers COURTESY: Guardian, UK Social networking site becoming primary source of evidence in divorce proceedings and custody battles, lawyers say… When Facebook gets involved, relationships can quickly fall apart – as Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi have discovered. But dictatorships are not the only ties being dissolved […]

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I’m in a World of Hurt! – I’ve Been Served Papers!

February 10, 2011

Being Served Legal Papers Can be Traumatic If you are fortunate enough to make it through life without ever being served legal papers, you are doing something right!  There was a bumper sticker craze years ago – the stickers read: “S__t Happens.”  Well, from a Lawyer’s vantage point:  “Life Happens!” People are served papers every […]

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