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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

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  • I am a photographer, will I get sued if I turn down a same sex wedding due to my religious beliefs?

    I'm concerned about the possibility of getting sued for denying to photograph a same sex wedding. I don't consider it discriminating but rather am choosing not to because of my religious beliefs. Please tell me what I can do as a MN resident to p...

    Richard’s Answer

    A.. You can say, politely, if faced with ANY potential customer whose job, and money you don't want, for ANY reason: "I don't think we're the right photographers for you. I understand what you're looking for, and I don't think you'd be happy with our work. Thanks for considering us. You might check with XXXXX [insert the name of a competitor here] who I think might be a better fit." Non-judgmental politeness generally goes a long way towards preventing lawsuits.

    B. You could simply take the work. You're not being asked to perform a wedding, you're photographing it. Do you inquire as to the religious beliefs and practices of your other customers? Does the scriptural source of your religious beliefs (you don't identify them) say anything about who you provide non-religious services to? Would you photograph a Muslim wedding? A Hindu wedding? A Wicca wedding? A wedding for someone who'd previously been divorced?

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  • Custody filing- California vs Missouri

    I have physical custody of our son in California and have now for a little over a year. It was a huge battle and I ended up paying her to let him come live with me. At the current time we are evaluating letting him go back to live with his moth...

    Richard’s Answer

    Has any court, anywhere, ever, made any sort of custody order about this child? If so, you'll either need to file in that state, or explain to California why that state no longer is the appropriate state to hear custody issues. You should speak to an EXPERIENCED family law attorney who has dealt with interstate custody issues before.

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  • Request for Order in Los Angeles regarding QDRO

    My divorce in Los Angeles was final 3 years ago with pension item left open. My ex husband did not supply info. regarding if he had a pension, which he did. He will not sign the QDRO forms after 3 attempts. The Qdro attorney suggested I file a ...

    Richard’s Answer

    Like many lawyering questions, the answer is "It depends on the details". Is there More than one pension? Hoiw complicated is the QDRO? Who prepared it?

    There MAY be a short hearing, if your ex files a response/objection to your request, and tells the court some VALID reason he had for not signing. Since there's possibly significant dollars at stake if this is done wrong, you should at least consult an EXPERIENCED family law attorney with all the details.

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  • How can I overturn a judge's move away judgement? What is a "stay?"

    My ex girlfriend took me to court to get a judge to grant her move away to Albany Oregon. She originally had sole physical custody and we both shared legal custody. The timeshare was a week with me and a week with her. Is it a waste of time and mo...

    Richard’s Answer

    You're entitled to a "stay" of 30 days on a move-away order, with the clock starting on the day of the order, IF you ask for one, which means that the order doesn't take effect for 30 days. Impossible, without more information, to say whether you could get a judge to change his mind, but it's pretty sure that you don't stand a chance of doing it without hiring an EXPERIENCED child custody litigation attorney.

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  • Is there any law ( State of CA or Federal ) that requires a parent to co-operate with co-parenting ?

    What would be the legal basis for a court to compel a parent to co-operate with the other parent on childrens matters such as schooling, health etc

    Richard’s Answer

    The legal basis in California is the portion of the Family Code which says a judge must consider, in making custody orders, which parent is more likely to facilitate contact between the child and the other parent, so the court can't make you "co-parent", but it can award custody to the other parent if you refuse to do so.

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  • Can I file for divorce in Stanley Mosk if I live in Glendale?

    I have lived in Glendale for about 2 years. I am filing for divorce. Can I file in Stanley Mosk (Downtown Los Angeles) or do I have to go to Pasadena?

    Richard’s Answer

    All Los Angeles County family law cases, at least for the moment, can be filed, optionally, at Mosk.

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  • How do I get my name cleared after successfully defending against a wrongful domestic violence accusation?

    I was wrongfully accused of domestic violence by an ex partner. Judge denied the TRO and filing party requested a hearing but then dropped the request and the motion was denied. Without contacting person that wrongfully accused me and having them ...

    Richard’s Answer

    Unfortunately, there's no way to get the case "stricken", and, incidentally, it's almost impossible to get the file sealed. The denial of the restraining order is the closest you'll get to being able to clear your name, unless this is a case in which you could have proven that there was no possibility that the allegations could have been true. (As in: the requesting party claimed to be living with you in a house in California on say, January 1, when the alleged event took place, and you can prove that (a) you NEVER lived in the same house as the accuser and (b) that you were in, say, Paris France on the day the alleged event happened) .

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  • Judicial Impropriaty?

    I filed a Domestic Violence petition against my soon-to-be ex-husband. The judge began the case by apologizing to Respondant for having granted me a continuance for a legitimate medical reason. Meanwhile, my ex was granted one for not being prepar...

    Richard’s Answer

    No, probably not. The judge is required by law to give the "restrained party" one continuance at his request.
    If A "PD Incident Report" is not admissible evidence to show anything other than that you called the police; the balance of it is inadmissible hearsay. It's impossible to tell, without a lot more information, whether the permanent restraining order should or shouldn't have been granted.

    Your best legal options are to get a full-fledged dissolution and custody case on file, prepare it with an experienced family law attorney, and go on from there.

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  • Witnesses listed in ex's affidavit to get DVRO against me didn't know, didn't show & admit they never saw abuse. Can I use them?

    Only evidence was her written accounts of abuse. She listed several mutual friends as witnesses. Attorney asked her why out of 8 names not a single one was present. Ex said they feared me. It's been over 6 months, the order was granted on the si...

    Richard’s Answer

    It's going to be an uphill battle to get the order set aside or modified, this long after the fact. Did you have an attorney at the original hearing? Did your attorney subpena these "witnesses" for the hearing? You'll need to confer with an experienced family law attorney in your area; a motion to vacate a restraining order is NOT a "do it yourself" project.

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  • What are easy spots to file contempt motions on the CP who has sole legal and sole physical ?

    When CP has full sole legal sole physical, the NCP may not have any rights. Are there any tactics that the NCP can identify to file contempt motion against CP ? Hopefully, this question does not injure anybodys brain.

    Richard’s Answer

    There are no "easy spots" to file a contempt motion in family law, ever. They're hard to do right, even for experienced attorneys, and sure aren't "do it yourself" projects.

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