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Step-Parent and Independent Relative Adoptions

Hello everyone. My name is Frances Gutierrez. I'm an attorney here at the firm. I have been talking about adoptions, step-parent adoptions and independent relative adoptions. In both types of adoptions, the court here in Ventura county can order that...

November 20, 2020

Venue in Family Law Proceedings

Hi, I'm Ben Vojtik, and I'm here to talk to you about venue in family law proceedings. In California, venue concerns itself with which county’s superior court is going to hear the matter going forward. Now the different types of...

November 19, 2020

Independent Relative Adoptions

Hello everyone. My name is Frances Gutierrez. I'm an attorney here at the firm. I want to talk about independent relative adoptions. We receive a lot of cases where the relative of a minor child seeks to adopt them as...

November 10, 2020

Personal Jurisdiction In Family Law Cases

Hi, I'm Ben Vojtik. I'm here to talk to you about personal jurisdiction in family law cases. Now, personal jurisdiction is required for a court to make orders affecting your person. Can the court order you to pay child support?...

November 4, 2020

Hague Convention Cases

For parents seeking to establish or enforce child custody and visitation rights in other countries, or to have an abducted child returned to his or her country of habitual residence, the Hague Abduction Convention (HAC) may provide an effective remedy....

November 3, 2020

The Adoption Process

Hello, my name is Frances Gutierrez. I'm an attorney here at the firm. I am going to talk about adoptions. We often receive clients who want to proceed with step-parent adoption. That often arises when a parent leaves the child...

October 30, 2020

Subject Matter Jurisdiction In Cases Involving Child Custody & Visitation

Hi, I'm Ben and I'm here to talk to you about Subject Matter Jurisdiction in cases involving child custody and visitation. Now, subject matter jurisdiction in civil cases typically concerns itself with whether the case should be heard in federal...

October 29, 2020

Community Opportunity Doctrine

Hello, Carla Hartley here. I am discussing today the Community Opportunity Doctrine. The Community Opportunity Doctrine is unique in California to the family code cases that come before it and within the family court cases that we have, it is...

October 26, 2020

Is It Spousal Support, or Isn’t It?

I am sitting in the courtroom today listening to two parties litigate an issue raised by - frankly - sloppy lawyering at the time the parties entered into a judgment of divorce by means of a settlement agreement. The agreement...

August 12, 2020
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A Hard Lesson for a Young Attorney

I don’t know why, but this morning I am remembering a case that made me really doubt my desire to be a Family Law attorney. This was many years ago, very early in my career as an attorney, but the...

June 30, 2020