Blog Categories: Domestic Violence

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

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

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
Domestic Violence

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

By Carla Hartley of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, March 28, 2019. As stated in the first installment on this topic, new laws went into effect in California on January 1,...

March 28, 2019
Spousal Abuse

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

On behalf of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, March 15, 2019. Actors Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard were married in a secret ceremony in 2015, but their 2016 separation grabbed...

March 15, 2019
Domestic Violence

Federal government changes definition of domestic violence

  On behalf of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, January 25, 2019. The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women quietly made changes to its definition of domestic violence last...

January 25, 2019
Family Law

Restraining orders will impact divorce negotiations

On behalf of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Monday, December 17, 2018. There are few things that impact a divorce more than a restraining order. In many situations involving divorce, the two...

December 17, 2018
Family Law

Domestic Violence and Its Legacy

By Carla Hartley of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Monday, November 19, 2018. Written by Carla Hartley, Managing Partner, HARTLEY, MAXWELL, CASTELLANO & LAMAS I had a rather heartbreaking meeting earlier this...

November 19, 2018
Family Law

Wife and daughter fight over care of actor Tim Conway

On behalf of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Actor Tim Conway is famous for his offbeat comedy roles and particularly as a cast member of the Carol Burnett...

September 12, 2018
Domestic Violence

Judge of Stanford rape case ousted

On behalf of Hartley, Maxwell & Castellano - Attorneys at Law posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The people of California have spoken loudly in the June 5 mid-term elections, recalling a sitting California judge for the...

June 12, 2018