Punishing the Victim.

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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…

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No More Drinking, No More Drugs…

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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…

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Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in California

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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…

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Legal Treatment of Frozen Embryos Upon Dissolution. Part 5 of 6.

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For further information, please see Parts 1-4 for definitions, context, and discussions of the contractual and contemporaneous mutual consent approaches.   Again, our thanks to our law clerk, R. Benjamin Vojtik,…

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Think Before You Drink.

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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…

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What Happens if Two Parents Cannot Agree?

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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,…

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Is Mediation with Family Court Services Required?

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California requires child-centered custodial mediation with Family Court Services for all cases in which the parties do not agree on a custodial plan for their own children. What is mediation with…

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Types of Child Custody

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Many people come into my office, and I overhear them in court, stating that he/she wants "full custody" of the children.  At law in California, there is no such thing…

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Just… Don’t Say This in Court.

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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)…

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