Tags: custody

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

You Can Lose Custody of Your Child for Disobeying Court Orders.

By: Deborah Jurgensen. The California Second Appellate District Court held, in January 2016, that a parent does not have to be present for the Juvenile Court to make custody orders essentially removing their children from their care, under certain circumstances....

February 21, 2016
Grandparents Visitation Rights

Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in California

According to California Family Code sections 3100 through 3105, a grandparent can ask the court for reasonable visitation with a grandchild. There is a twofold test grandparents must pass with the court to get reasonable visitation with a grandchild. First,...

October 17, 2015
Family Law

Legal Treatment of Frozen Embryos Upon Dissolution. Part 3 of 6.

Three primary legal theories have been employed by other states to deal with disposition of frozen embryos. Today's post is focussed on what our law clerk, R. Benjamin Vojtik, our Law Clerk has identified as the "Contractual Approach." How Are...

October 1, 2015
Family Law

Legal Treatment of Frozen Embryos upon Dissolution. Part 1 of 6.

We have been watching the development of several cases in our Family Law courts throughout the State of California, dealing with the question of whether frozen embryos should be treated as property, or as a potential human being. Even now,...

September 22, 2015
Think Before you Drink

Think Before You Drink.

The knee-jerk argument that a parent has a "constitutional right" to drink alcohol seems to appear on my event horizon about once every other month.  Most commonly, this is an affirmative assertion heard from opposing party as part of a...

August 8, 2015
Child Support Lawyers

What Happens if Two Parents Cannot Agree?

If two parents cannot agree on a parenting plan, even after child-centered mediation, then the parties are going to have to appear in front of the Judge.In non-recommending mediation counties, the Judge's practices vary.  Sometimes the Judge will make immediate...

May 12, 2015
Family Law

Just… Don’t Say This in Court.

We decided you'd perhaps like to have some more practical advice... and the best way to do that is to give you examples of flame-outs we have seen (or assisted) in court. ----- This occurred while I was sitting in...

February 10, 2015