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Read the latest blog posts from legal professionals regarding divorce, child custody and property division.

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

Understanding How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

Social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives. If you survey your friends and family, chances are you’ll have a harder time identifying someone who does not use social media than identifying those who do. According to Read More>

Legal Protections for Growing Population of Cohabitating Couples

The American Dream is changing. Years ago, the American Dream looked something like this: go to school, get a job, fall in love, get married, buy a home, have children, retire. It was a common path and defined the lives Read More>

Transmutation Agreements in California

When you divorce in California you may wonder what happens to your property. Who gets the house? What about the car? Can you keep your entire baseball card collection that may be worth hundreds of dollars, or will you have Read More>

Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce

Most employers offer options for employees to participate in employee benefit programs as a way to reduce the amount(s) they pay in salaries each year. Many employee benefit plans offer great tax advantages for both employers and employees, so they Read More>

Top 5 Steps When Going Through a Divorce

If you’re marriage is ending and you’re not sure to do, we put together a list of the top 5 steps to take when going through a divorce. The steps include: 1. Organize Your Financial Records For example, make sure Read More>

How to Get an Annulment in California

If you’re recently gotten married but are trying to find a way to have the marriage dissolved, you may be able to get an annulment. In California, married individuals can dissolve a marriage through a divorce or by petitioning for Read More>

Summary Dissolution: An Alternative to Divorce in California

In some situations, you may want to seek an alternative way to dissolve a marriage. Divorces are often viewed in a negative light, and couples who want to split amicably may benefit from seeking a summary dissolution. In some situations, Read More>

What To Include in a Prenuptial Agreement

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shocked the world with news of their divorce enquiring minds seemed to want the inside scoop on one thing in particular – was there a prenup, and, if so, who gets what in the Read More>

Understanding Interim Orders In Divorce Cases

Shortly after the respondent receives formal notice of marriage dissolution proceedings through service of process, the judge normally holds a temporary hearing to make interim determinations about child custody, child support, property division, spousal support, and other matters. Needless to Read More>

Getting Things Started: Serving Divorce Papers in California

In just a few short years, social media has radically transformed the way we communicate with one another, so a New York judge may have sparked a national trend when he allowed a divorce petitioner to serve marriage dissolution papers Read More>

Modifying Family Law Orders In California

During their adult lifetimes, most people relocate about twelve times. Some people move to get away from family, be closer to friends, or to get a fresh start in life; many more people relocate because of a job change or Read More>

Agreed Property Divisions In Divorce Cases

With the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the National League Championship Series, the team is in the headlines because of its on-the-field performance. But a little over a year ago, the team was in the headlines because of what happened Read More>

Domestic Violence and Protective Orders

Domestic violence is an increasingly common issue here in California. Earlier this month, in California, Tom Sizemore, Darren Collison (an NBA player for the Sacramento Kings), and Campbell City Councilman Jeffrey Cristina, just to name a few, were all arrested Read More>

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