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Budget Cuts and Court Closures = Mediation

California is facing a financial crisis, which is resulting in court closures around the state and massive layoffs of court employees.  Although Family Law courts are likely the busiest courtrooms, court closures are already occurring. The State Treasurer, Bill Lockyer said:  “it’s going to get worse” next year.

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Marlo Van Oorschot’s Radio Interview on Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation, also known as targeting parenting, is often a significant issue in a parenting dispute.  The parent who is being alienated, or targeted, must take swift legal action to thwart such destructive parenting.  The parent engaging in such behavior must work to understand their role in the creation of a loyalty conflict for the child and the damage to the child as a result.  Most parents believe they are acting in the best interest of the child, but this is not always the case.  This program discusses the legal, emotional and mental health issues raised by this family dynamic and provides guidance to recognize when such behavior is occurring in the family.

You can listen to the entire interview (about one hour) by clicking on the play button below.

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Domestic Violence is Broadly Defined in California

Domestic Violence is broadly defined by Family Code section 6320 and a family law court can restrain and enjoin a person from “molesting, attacking, striking, stalking, threatening, sexually assaulting, battering, harassing, telephoning, including, but not limited to, annoying telephone calls as described in Section 653m of the Penal Code, destroying personal property, contacting, either directly or indirectly, by mail or otherwise, coming within a specified distance of, or disturbing the peace of the other party, and, in the discretion of the court, on a showing of good cause, of other named family or household members.”

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Validity of Foreign Same Sex Marriages in California

On January 1, 2010, a new California statute became law.  Family Code section 308 has been amended to state that California will recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered into outside the state of California (see post below “Where are Same Sex Marriages Legal?”) prior to November 5, 2008, which was the date same sex marriages in California were deemed unlawful by way of amendment to the California Constitution.

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Where are Same Sex Marriages Legal?

United States:  Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and District of Columbia.

Other Countries:  Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Mexico City, DF (effective 4/10) and Portugal (date to be determined, possibly 4/10)

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Same Sex Marriages Not Valid in California

The constitutional freedom for same-sex couples to marry in California was short lived. On November 4, 2008, the voters approved Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to add Section 7.5 which provides that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.  However, the State will recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered into before November 5, 2008.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Divorce

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3 Reasons to Consult a Family Law Attorney During the Economic Downturn

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Planning for Your Divorce . . . and Your Next Marriage

GPSolo, October/November, 2008, a publication of the American Bar Association.

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Things to Consider When Going Through a Custody Evaluation or Mediation

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