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Aug 05

How to Prepare for Your Child Custody Hearing

Going to a child custody hearing can be unsettling and downright frightening. If this is your first experience with something of this…

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Jul 06

“Full Custody” & What That Means in a California Divorce

Many parents come into our law office with the request that they get “full custody” of their children in a divorce. In our…

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Apr 14

Parental Alienation in California: What It Is & How to Prove It

No parent wants to see their relationship with their children suddenly begin to dissolve—especially if it’s for no apparent reason. It may…

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Feb 16

Court Reconsiders Mother’s Argument for Beneficial Parental Relationship

In this case, the Sixth District reversed and remanded a Monterey County juvenile court’s order after a 366.26 hearing “with directions that…

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Jan 13

Divorced Parents Find It Difficult to Resolve Problems in Isolation

For months of the pandemic, courts were closed, which left co-parents with difficult choices: would they have to mediate and resolve problems…

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Jan 06

Amendment to Family Law Code Targets “Coercive Control”

On September 29, SB 1141 was chaptered. It does the following: 1) Provides that disturbing the peace of the other party includes…

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Dec 16

Mother Wins Custody on Appeal Due to Lower Court’s Mistake

In this case, the Second District reversed a Los Angeles County juvenile court’s summary denial of M’s petition under W&I Code §§388…

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Nov 25

Father’s Decision-Making Power Over Daughter’s Healthcare Reinstated

In this case, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County juvenile court judge’s order terminating jurisdiction over the child, but vacated…

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Nov 04

Father’s Parental Rights Restored After Loss Due to “Poverty”

In this case, the Fourth District reversed a Riverside County juvenile court judge’s order terminating a father’s parental rights. “This appeal poses…

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Oct 01

Grandmother Retains Custody Despite Out-of-State Father’s Request

In this case, filed on August 7 but certified for publication on August 28, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County…

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Sep 28

CA Supreme Court Rules with Autistic Claimant Against Conservatorship

O.B. is an adult with autism spectrum disorder whose mother and older sister were appointed conservators of her estate in a limited…

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Sep 24

Mother Granted Custody of Her Child After Year of Foster Care

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed an Orange County juvenile court’s order granting M’s section 388 petition returning three-year-old I.B. to…

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Sep 21

Mother Wins Reunification After Reversal of Earlier Ruling

In this case, filed on May 29 but certified for publication on June 17, the second Division reversed a Los Angeles County…

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Sep 10

Second District Court Denies Father Custody on Appeal

In this case, the Second District Court affirmed a Los Angeles County juvenile court’s order removing two children from a father’s custody.…

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Sep 07

Mother Challenges Juvenile Court Order Terminating Reunification

In this case, the Fourth District granted M’s petition for a writ challenging an Orange County juvenile court’s order terminating reunification services…

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Aug 31

Can Juvenile Courts Rule on Family Law Cases?

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed a San Bernardino County juvenile court judge’s orders at a combined jurisdictional and disposition hearing.…

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Aug 17

How California Courts Decide a Parent Is Unfit

In California and across the country, family courts operate to protect the best interests of children in divorces, custody disputes, and other family law matters. Most of…

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Feb 12

At What Age Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With?

If you’re divorcing and you have children, then you’re facing a challenging situation: which parent will your child or children live with? This is…

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Nov 25

Who has UCCJEA jurisdiction?

This issue often comes up. Which court will have jurisdiction to modify existing court orders. In this case, the 2nd district correctly determines…

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Jul 26

How Does Child Custody Work When One Parent Moves Abroad?

Moving Out of Country with Child Custody Child custody is one of the many complex issues parents have to discuss when going…

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Jun 22

Handling the Challenges of Child Custody During Back to School Season

Back to school is just around the corner, and for many parents, it means more child custody issues. Back to school season…

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Dec 13

How Does Domestic Abuse Affect Child Custody?

If you have been accused or were a victim of domestic violence, there is a high chance that it will affect your child custody situation.…

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Nov 12

What is domestic violence? A look at the battered woman (Part 18)

The Battered Woman Unfortunately the unpredictability of the battered woman also manifests in what exactly causes her to leave. Many women leave…

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Oct 28

What makes a Person Abusive? (Part 15)

What makes a person abusive? Last time we brought up the idea that abusers are able to tap into multiple personalities and…

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Oct 23

What Makes a Person Abusive? (Part 14)

What makes a person abusive?      In addition to the study done by the two researchers which identified two main groups…

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Oct 12

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 13) What Makes A Person Abusive?

What makes a person abusive?      As we have seen so far multiple factors play into a person becoming abusive, and…

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Oct 10

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 12) What makes a person abusive?

What makes a person abusive?      Although many abusers grow up in homes that are abusive, Dr. Bradley insists that coming…

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Oct 07

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 11) What makes a person abusive?

What Makes A Person Abusive?      Dr. Bradley starts this chapter off by identifying what she and other experts have seen…

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Oct 04

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 10) Learned Helplessness

   Another complex taking place within an abusive relationship is what Dr. Seligman, currently a Psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, identified…

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Sep 25

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 9) The Cycle of Violence

The Cycle of Violence      The question that most people ask themselves when working with domestic violence is "why"? Our society…

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Sep 21

Same-Sex Marriage Custody Issues

A same-sex marriage divorce is a challenging process—especially when children are involved. Since same-sex marriage and custodial laws are new and constantly…

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Sep 19

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 8) Dynamics of the Abusive Relationship

Dynamics of the Abusive Relationship Just as it's impossible to make progress while working with sweeping generalization in any other area of…

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Sep 08

Reliability of Juvenile Witnessess

  Recently, I was discussing the holding in In Re I.C with our juvenile dependency attorney Nicole Anderson. Nicole has been practicing…

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Sep 01

Recent ruling on domestic violence and restraining orders

Spousal Abuse In Fischer v Fischer. (March 18, 2018) In affirmance, First District holds wife did not intentionally or recklessly cause husband…

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Aug 30

Child Visitation

In Ed H. v. Ashley C. (August 24, 2017) In affirmance, Fourth District holds that great-grandparents lack standing to seek visitation with great-grandchildren…

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Aug 24

Child Support

In County of Orange v. Cole (August 15, 2017) In affirmance, Fourth District holds that sperm donor whose paternity cannot be established under…

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Aug 23

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 7) The Psychology of Domestic Violence

The Psychology of Domestic Violence In this lengthy chapter, Bradley attempts to articulate the problem of domestic violence from a psychological standpoint,…

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Aug 21

What is domestic violence? A series on Dr. Bradley’s sourcebook (part 6) The History of Domestic Violence P.2

The History of Domestic Violence pt 2 Although in the first portion of this topic we covered how domestic violence has been…

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Aug 11

Personal Jurisdiction

In Hogue vs Hogue (September 29, 2017) Third District finds that husband’s sending video of his mock suicide from Georgia to wife in…

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Aug 08

High Wage Earners & When Courts Deviate from the Child Support Guidelines

In a reversal, the Second District held that the trial court must, per Fam C §4056, state on the record its reasons…

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Jul 10

4 Co-Parenting Tips from a Southern California Family Lawyer

What Exactly Is Co-Parenting? Co-parenting happens when both parents playing an active and crucial role in the child’s life after divorce (barring any dangerous…

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Oct 20

How to Handle the Pitfalls in Child Visitation After Divorce

Even when divorce is the best option for you and your ex, it's not always easy to navigate child visitation. After all,…

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Sep 19

How to Keep Your Child Custody Arrangement Civil

When you have children and are facing divorce, a major milestone in the whole process is coming to an agreement regarding child custody.…

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Sep 13

Helping Children Through Socially Awkward Situations After Your Divorce

Divorce can lead to awkward social situations for adults, but it doesn't stop there. It can cause children to feel socially awkward,…

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Jul 31

The Long and Winding Road of a Custody Battle

Father comes to our office after having difficulty with the mother of the child. Mother had filed a request for a temporary restraining…

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May 18

Trial Topic this week: Where should we do the child custody exchange?

Many people going through a custody case in court are often considering where they should do the child custody exchange. One might think that…

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Apr 28

Successful Trial: Is it a Move Away?

We had a successful trial. Immediately after separation Mother moves to LA County away from Father in Riverside with their young son.…

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Mar 23

How Can I Rebut the Presumption of Detriment for Domestic Violence?

An individual in the middle of a divorce or custody battle should avoid an allegation of domestic violence. When a former partner has made…

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Mar 08

What to Know About Restraining Orders During a Child Custody Case

Whether a former couple was married or not, child custody cases can cause just as much heartbreak and tension as any divorce proceeding. In fact, cases…

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Mar 04

Can I Request a New Custody Order?

If you have a child custody agreement in place, can you request a new agreement? The short answer is yes, it is…

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