Year: 2016

Family Law

How social media could hurt your child custody case

Social media has become a place for everyone to talk about the goings on in their life and the lives of others. Without considering consequence, we 'like' certain pages, engage with articles that peak an interest, give into discussions with...

December 19, 2016
Family Law

Dependent Adult Abuse

Who is a dependent adult? At law in the State of California, a dependent adult is someone between 18 and 64 that has certain mental or physical disabilities that keep him or her from being able to do normal activities...

June 12, 2016
Family Law

An Incredible Arrogance

I have been giving a great deal of thought to some words of purported wisdom that I heard from another attorney a few weeks ago. She in her turn claimed that these words of "wisdom" came from her father, an...

June 5, 2016
Family Law

A Letter from My Father

My Dad is opposed to using the internet to communicate; he also refuses to own a smart phone, and considers texting a part of the internet.  We do, however, communicate the old-fashioned way, via pen, paper, and the U.S. Postal...

May 22, 2016
Grandparents Visitation Rights

What Not to Wear… to Court.

I am often appalled by the outfits I see women wearing to various courthouses in Southern California. Not just to pay a bill at the traffic window, but to actually attend mediation or to appear in front of a judge.Don't...

May 6, 2016
Family Law

Punishing the Victim.

One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing law is helping people who need and deserve assistance. At times, however, our legal system can feel more like a barrier than a refuge. This can especially be true when victims of...

April 24, 2016
Family Law

No More Drinking, No More Drugs…

It is always good to remind ourselves that the words we use in pleadings filed with the Court are very, very important. What you tell your Family Court Services mediator tends to be pretty important, too, as she (generally "she")...

April 2, 2016
Family Law

Who’s the Daddy? Part 5.

A man unrelated by blood or marriage to a child can assert a claim of paternity to that child under certain circumstances. In Family Code Section 7611(d) we find a mechanism by which someone who is not related to the...

March 26, 2016
Family Law

Who’s the Daddy? Part 4.

We've looked at the primary three scenarios for establishing paternity, or parentage, of a child when the child is conceived, as we termed it, "the old fashioned way."Now we will look at establishing paternity, or parentage, of a child when...

March 19, 2016
Family Law

Who’s The Daddy? Part 3.

We've dealt with the parentage scenario in which a woman was involved with a man to whom she was not married, but with whom she was living, while involved with a second man at the time of conception.Today's post deals...

March 12, 2016