Month: March 2019

Spousal Abuse

Dependent adults can be especially vulnerable to abuse

Adults who depend on caregivers in order to have a good quality of life can be physically dependent, emotionally dependent, or both. With dependence comes an intrinsic amount of vulnerability that can make adults at risk for abuse and neglect....

March 31, 2019
Domestic Violence

New Domestic Violence Statutes – Effect on Support, Custody & Property Rights, Part 2 of 3

As stated in the first installment on this topic, new laws went into effect in California on January 1, 2019, which constitute a significant reform of our domestic violence statutes. That reform continues the tendency of California's legislature to increasingly...

March 28, 2019
Expert Vitness in Divorce

Using an expert witness in divorce

Every divorce is as unique as the people involved. Some will be business-like with few areas of disagreement, while others will be highly emotional and litigated in court. In the latter case, expert witnesses are useful for providing insight when...

March 27, 2019
Family Law Issues

Legal Treatment of Frozen Embryos upon Dissolution. Part 2 of 6

Thanks to R. Benjamin Vojtik, asscoiate attorney, for his excellent research into the legal treatment of frozen embryos upon dissolution. The issue of disposition of frozen embryos and whether a custody right follows in vitro fertilization has had a series...

March 20, 2019

5 tips to break the divorce news to the kids

Telling the children about the divorce is the one thing that you dread. You know that it may upset them. You know that it will change their lives. While you and your spouse have talked it over and decided what...

March 16, 2019
Spousal Abuse

Johnny Depp sues ex-wife for $50M in defamation case

Actors Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard were married in a secret ceremony in 2015, but their 2016 separation grabbed countless headlines. As with many celebrity divorces, there were reports of salacious behavior and excess. The bad behavior of the...

March 15, 2019
reasons to terminate parental rights

Adoption and termination of parental rights

It is common for adoptive parents to secure the agreement and signature of the birthparent. By doing this, the birthparent gives up all parental rights, duties and responsibilities, which are then taken over by the adoptive parent. However, sometimes getting...

March 12, 2019
step parent adoption california

Courts are extending visitation rights to stepparents and extended family

Several years ago I had a client - who, of course, shall remain nameless. He considered himself the father of two girls. His eldest, as he called her, had been in his life since she was two years old. His...

March 8, 2019
Expert Vitness in Divorce

Confidentiality of mediation; an alternative to tradition

Mediation is an increasingly popular format for couples who wish to file for divorce. There are several benefits that stem from keeping the divorce out of court. Topping the list is a faster resolution process because clients are not at...

March 8, 2019
Pet Custody Attorney

Do you need to draft a custody agreement for your pet in divorce?

Many married couples facing divorce don't have children. However, that doesn't mean they don't have something precious in their lives that they both love. Whether it's a cat, a dog or some other exotic animal, companion animals can be very...

March 3, 2019