Four Principles Leading to a Successful Divorce

Years of experience in the field of family law have helped me understand the key essentials of what a client needs to know when embarking upon their divorce journey. I hope you find the principles I’ve listed below of assistance as you take the next steps to change your life. 1. Perspective: This too shall […]

Five Divorce Myths

In answering questions for many clients considering divorce, I found there are a number of myths that need to be dispelled about the divorce process and the justifications for seeking a divorce. This article is an attempt to address some key divorce myths I regularly encounter: 1. It matters if they cheated. In California, infidelity […]

New Article: 5 Things You Need to Know About Child Visitation

Developing parenting plans, also know as child visitation orders, is an art and a science. You must create an order that is tailored to the complexities of your life as well as be technically enforceable by a judge. Read the full article at Child Custody in California.

Cohabitation with Another Person and Its Impact on Spousal Support

The supported party’s cohabitation with a person of the opposite sex gives rise to a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof of decreased need for spousal support. FC § 4323(a)(1). It has no impact on child support obligations, however. FC § 4323 states: (a)(1) Except as otherwise agreed to by the parties in writing, […]

Abusive Spouses May Lose Their Right to Receive Spousal Support

Family Code section 4325 permits a judge to deny a spousal support award to an abusive spouse. A recent appellate court case addressing the issue determined that this rule also apples to an abusive spouse who pleads no contest in a criminal case. The case in question In re Marriage of Priem [full text] (3/13/13) […]

California SB 1476: Can a child have more than two legally recognized parents?

In February 2012, State Sen. Mark Leno (D San Francisco) introduced SB 1476, a bill that would have permitted family court judges to recognize more than two legal parents in order to serve the best interests of the child. The bill was a reaction to a recent decision holding that a child cannot have more […]

Should a Child Have 3 or More Parents?

California’s Legislature Decides According to KQED News Fix: “A bill in the California Legislature would allow one child to have more than two parents.” The rationale behind the bill: to help address expanding definitions of family and parenthood brought on by same-sex marriage and advances in reproductive technologies. The bill, authored by state Sen. Mark […]