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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
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Domestic Violence: What May Keep Victims From Leaving Their Abuser

In previous pieces, we've discussed domestic violence and how much it has increased. We talked a bit about some of the most common reasons why victims of domestic abuse do not leave their abusers. Things like the fear of homelessness,...

May 14, 2020
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Domestic Violence: Why Victims May Be Afraid to Come Forward

As of the beginning of May, we see some significant improvements in operations. We just learned the courts here in Ventura County are preparing to open up. That means they are taking pleadings and some electronic filings for criminal cases...

May 12, 2020
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Domestic Violence: Changes to Statutes and Obtaining Restraining Orders

Working from home has been a valued opportunity for some of us, including me, Carla Hartley. I've been lucky enough to be able to work at home in a safe environment, but that's not what happens to other people. That's...

May 8, 2020
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COVID-19 Update Ventura County Stay-Well-At-Home Order and Superior Court Partial Closure Extended

One of the things you learn in the Marine Corps is that if you have work to do and don't like the orders, there's no benefit in fighting it. You get the work done. That's a good motto to have...

May 5, 2020
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COVID-19 Update: Administrative Order 20-09 and Transparency Between Homes

In the times we are living, there’s a great deal of change – rules and laws are changing rapidly. It’s critical to stay up to date. There are a few new rules to consider, including those related to custodial orders....

April 29, 2020
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Emergency Rule 13: Modifying Support Orders

For those who have support orders, a new rule, called Rule 13, is going to play a role in the outcome of many situations. The rule, which is likely to come down from the Superior Court of California and will...

April 23, 2020
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You Think That’s Love, But That Ain’t Love to Me

We’ve seen a rash of cases recently involving parties who signed post-nuptial agreements which were very much to their detriment. Almost invariably the story is that they were “so in love,” it was just “so s/he would know I wasn’t...

January 14, 2020
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Do We Need Truncated Discovery Rules for Family Law Cases?

I was speaking with a colleague, who raised an issue that I think could warrant further exploration. His thought is that many Family Law clients cannot afford to go through the whole discovery process and that often the financially advantaged...

January 8, 2020