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When to Ask for Emergency Orders for Divorce and Child Custody

The vast majority of divorce and child custody orders, hearings, and motions involve the parties representing both sides of a matter appearing before a judge. This is in line with one of the basic tenets of the court system—that both sides must have the opportunity to plead their case. However, there are times when ensuring […]

How People v. Sanchez Affects Use of Expert Testimony in Family Law

Family law cases, including divorces and child custody cases, often involve the use of an expert witness. Usually, this is in the form of a psychologist rendering an opinion on the various involved parties based upon interviews with them, or from review of materials and information gathered in preparation for the case. However, the use […]

Family Law: How to Get the Other Party to Pay Your Lawyer’s Fees

The legal process for settling divorces and child custody disputes can be extremely messy and complex. In order for the California Family Code to be applied as intended, both sides of a court case need to have access to competent legal representation. However, it’s common for one spouse or parent to have better financial resources […]

How a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Affects Divorce & Custody

Divorce is a stressful process, and is sometimes instigated by dangerous behavior by a spouse that necessitates filing for a DVRO, or domestic violence restraining order. The details of a DVRO can vary. At their most basic, DVROs require the accused abuser to not engage in abusive or intimidating behavior, but may also require the […]

When a Private Family Law Evaluation is Necessary

When a judge hears a divorce or child custody hearing, much of the evidence presented consists of a “he-said, she-said” exchange. This is part of the reason why California family courts require both parties to meet with a mediator before custody is changed, with the mediator making recommendations to the court based upon this meeting. […]

Child Support: Seek Work Orders & Imputed Income

Within marriages, couples typically work to find a structure of responsibility that works best for both parties. One parent may be primarily tasked with bringing in income, while the other may focus on keeping up the household and raising children, only working part-time or not at all. But other structures are possible: both parents may […]

Preserving Your Parental Rights When You Aren’t the Biological Father

“You aren’t the father.” These are some of the most unimaginably difficult words that a father can ever hear. You watched your child come into the world, got up in the middle of the night when they cried, took them to the doctor, fed them, clothed them, bathed them… loved them. And one day, you […]

Legally Protecting Yourself During a Difficult Divorce

Divorce can be an incredibly stressful process. While some couples manage to have amicable divorces, there are some divorces that just go bad, either due to hard feelings on both sides, or because of a difficult spouse who refuses to engage in a productive manner. If you’re struggling with a difficult divorce, here are some […]

What If You Don’t Agree With The Judge?

Whether you disagree with a judge about a single minor matter in a court case, or you disagree with the ruling in a court case, contradicting a judge can be extremely intimidating. After all, judges are the deciders in court cases where a jury isn’t involved. And even when your fate is in the jury’s […]

How the Department of Child Support Services Can Help You

Many parents don’t realize that the State of California has a robust system for assisting parents in collecting child support: the Department of Child Support Services. Every county has its own branch, including Sacramento. The easiest way to find your local branch is to simply do a Google search for “[your county] DCSS.” It needs […]