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Carina Castaneda

Carina Castaneda’s Legal Guides

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  • Violating a Protective or Restraining Order is a Crime

    California Penal Code (PC) 273.6 makes it a crime to violate the conditions set forth in a restraining order (RO) and used sometimes interchangeably as a “protective order” (PO). This usually occurs w

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  • Domestic Violence in Family Court

    There are many types of abuse, and a family law court shall take all of them in consideration. There are generally eight types of domestic violence/abuse: physical, intimidation, child abuse, verbal a

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  • Who Owns the Client File?

    I have a client who came to me after being represented by a prior family attorney in his divorce case. After one year and having lost custody of his children, this client came in to my office asking m

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  • Children Testimony in Family Court Proceedings

    When parents get divorced and cannot agree who gets the children, it is up to the judge to make the ultimate decision. California Family Code Section (FC) 3042 When parents get divorced and cannot agr

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  • Sex Registration: the Law, Termination of Registration and Megan’s Law

    The general rule is that California Penal Code (PC) Section 290 requires everyone who pled no contest, guilty, or convicted of a sex-related offense to register with at least one local law enforcement

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  • Assembly Bill 2124: Deferral of sentencing on misdemeanor offenses

    AB 2124 authorizes a county (Los Angeles) to establish a pretrial diversion program for defendants who have been charged with a misdemeanor offense and authorizes diversion programs, including for def

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  • What is Family Court Services Mediation? (Conciliation Court)

    Many clients are confused why they have to attend mediation prior to a hearing involving child custody and/or visitation. The Family Court Services is part of the Superior court. Mediation is mandator

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  • Safeguarding Your Money if You Anticipate a Bitter Divorce

    If you think your divorce will be a fight, prepare to take the steps prior to the start of your divorce. Part of the divorce process is figuring out how you will pay for things until your divorce sett

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  • D.U.I. Checkpoints

    A new client just called me about being arrested for a DUI from a checkpoint. Yes, as we know the holidays mean festivities and parties more likely than not include alcoholic beverages. Checkpoints mu

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  • “Tis the Season To Be Jolly” But Beware of Drinking and Driving

    DUI cases constitute the largest group of misdemeanor violations in many counties. Notable legal enactments: the lowering of the unlawful blood alcohol level, the addition of a statute prohibiting DUI

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