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  • What is a Child Custody Evaluation?

    Judges or the parties’ will request a Child Custody Evaluation, commonly referred to as a "730 Evaluation." This is intended to assist the court in establishment of custody orders and in move-away cas

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  • Going Through a Divorce without an Attorney

    Not having the funds to retain an attorney is a source of great anxiety for many family law litigants. Proceeding without an attorney can have negative economic consequences. How do you get an attorne

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  • Domestic Violence and Spousal Support

    "Documented evidence of any history of domestic violence, as defined in section 6211, between the parties, including but not limited to, consideration of emotional distress resulting from domestic vio

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  • Getting Child Support From Outside the Country or Vice Versa

    The U.S. government has negotiated federal- level reciprocity arrangements with several countries on behalf of U.S. jurisdictions. If a parent who owes child support lives in one of the 26 countries,

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  • Victim Impact Statements

    Victim impact statements are written or oral information from crime victims, in their own word about how a crime has affected them. All 50 states allow such statements to be introduced at some phase o

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  • Domestic Violence Allegations Surrounding Johnny Depp and its Impact, if any on the Divorce Proc.

    We all have read and seen pictures of what appears to be injuries to Johnny Depp’s spouse, Amber Heard. A petition for dissolution has been filed by Ms. Heard to terminate her marriage to Mr. Depp and

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  • D.U.I. and Sobriety Checkpoints

    With Memorial Day and the summer season coming soon, many should be aware of DUI checkpoints. Generally, probable cause to stop and question the driver-—observing a traffic violation, defect in the ve

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  • Why is it So Hard for Men to Get Spousal Support?

    In today’s two-income families and successful women "breadwinners," a Forbes magazine series on spousal support (alimony) concluded that of the 400,000 people in the United States receiving post-divor

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  • What is an Ex Parte Application in Family Law?

    Ex parte motions, or "emergency" motions, are common in divorce and custody cases. Ex parte relief is requested when it is impractical or impossible to wait the minimum statutory period for the court

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  • Enforcing Child and Spousal Support Orders

    A support order is a judgment and they are installment payment plans. Each installment is subject to a legal interest rate (California is 10%). I have had many clients inquire about how many missed pa

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