Requesting a Psychological Evaluation in Your Child Custody Matter

Today, 1 in 5 adults is affected by a mental health condition. Many times, the effects of these mental health issues can be minimized with medication, therapy, and self-care. There are times, however, when a mental health or psychological issue can pose a threat to the safety and well-being of others. If you are divorced or getting divorced, and believe that your child’s other parent is not mentally fit to…

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Requesting a Drug Test in Your Child Custody Case

Rampant alcohol and drug use can pose a serious threat to the safety of your family. It is not uncommon for parents, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to abuse or neglect their children. When you are married, you have some control over a potentially dangerous situation. When you get divorced, however, you may have limited control over the safety of your children if both spouses are awarded custody….

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Understanding the Custody of Pets in a Los Angeles Divorce

When some couples get divorced the first question that they are asked is “who gets custody of the kids?” Today, it seems as though couples are waiting longer to have children. In many cases, couples get divorced before they even have kids. This makes the question of custody a moot point. However, an increasing number of married couples are diving into pet adoption. Pets allow young couples a bit of freedom…

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Allegations of Sexual Assault Could Impact Harvey Weinstein Divorce

The entertainment community, and Los Angeles in particular, is reeling after dozens of reports of sexual harassment involving a top industry player surfaced earlier this month. More than 30 women have come out and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. Weinstein, the owner of one of the most powerful entertainment companies in the country, has already lost his job as a result of these accusations. It now…

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Getting a Kick Out Order During a California Divorce

Domestic violence is a very real issue for many Californians. Domestic violence can often lead to separation, divorce, and the dissolution of a marriage. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, or fear that your spouse may become violent during a divorce, you may be able to seek protection from the state. California allows spouses to petition a court for protective orders during divorce proceedings. These orders can…

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Child Custody in California Divorces

One year ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shocked the world by filing for divorce in California. The power couple had been together for more than 11 years before deciding to end their marriage. During that 11 years, the couple became parents – both biological and adoptive – to six children. The children range in age from 9 to 16. When Jolie filed the petition for divorce, she requested sole…

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Violating a Restraining Order During a Family Law Matter

A divorce, separation, or child custody battle can cause tensions and emotions to run high. In some cases, these emotions have the potential to create a dangerous situation. When one spouse or parent feels threatened they may ask the court to issue a restraining order. Restraining orders can be temporary or permanent and are intended to protect one person from a reasonable threat of imminent harm. When a court issues…

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Does California Recognize Common Law Marriage?

Some couples do not want to go through the process of having their relationship formally recognized by the government. Some cohabitate for so long that the government recognizes a de facto marriage between the couple. Some states permit and acknowledge these de facto marriages – often referred to as common law marriages. If you live in California, however, you will be out of luck if you’re waiting for the state…

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