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Tags: Visitation

step parent adoption california

Courts are extending visitation rights to stepparents and extended family

Several years ago I had a client - who, of course, shall remain nameless. He considered himself the father of two girls. His eldest, as he called her, had been in his life since she was two years old. His...

March 8, 2019
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
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 5 of 6.

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, for his hard work and excellent research on this topic....

October 8, 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
Grandparents Visitation Rights

Is Mediation with Family Court Services Required?

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 Family Court Services?Family Court Services (FCS) provides mediation to help...

May 2, 2015
Family Law

Types of Child Custody

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 as "full custody."  This post, and the next couple of...

April 16, 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