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How to Live Together During the Divorce Process

When a married couple realizes that a divorce is necessary, there may be a short period of time where one spouse stays in a hotel or with friends or family, while the other holds down the fort at home. However, this isn’t a long term solution. The reality is that most couples do not have […]

How an Unmarried Couple Can Legally Split Real Property

According to the Pew Research Center, in 1960, approximately 59% of adults aged 18 to 29 years old were married. By 2010, this figure had dropped to 20%. Fewer adults are getting married, and the average age for first marriages has increased as well. Unmarried cohabitation has increased, but many of the state laws governing […]

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 to Serve Papers to Someone You Can’t Locate

When you wish to face someone in court in the State of California for any sort of legal proceeding, such as a divorce or lawsuit, in most cases you have to serve them via “personal service.” This means that the person being filed against must be physically provided with a paper copy of your claim […]

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 […]

Getting a Judgment When a Petitioner Fails to Move the Case Forward

Legal cases generally involve a back and forth process between the petitioner—the person who files a legal petition—and the respondent, the person who is filed against. While most often it’s the respondent who isn’t amicable to the process, occasionally a petitioner begins the process, only to fail to follow through to the end. This is […]

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 […]