A family law attorney, in addition to being a zealous, strong and compassionate advocate, must also be able to resolve community property and support issues that may involve tax returns, business balance sheets and a variety of financial asset statements. The content of these documents, which corporate lawyers work with regularly, can often reveal an interesting story which, when presented … Continued
While many of us are used to “swiping right” to choose the person with whom we may (or not) share an intimate relationship, the process of choosing the right family law attorney should be a carefully vetted process, and not necessarily one in which simple boxes (for example, gender and age) are checked.
A divorce, for most people, is a pivotal and life-changing experience. It is an event that can have dramatic ramifications on your future, both financially and emotionally. Yet, while you are in the throes of the divorce, it is important to remember that the way you conduct yourself in your divorce may have consequences after the divorce is final. Be … Continued
Marlo, an expert in Grey Divorce, wrote about late-in-life spousal support and the strategies to maximize one’s financial life after divorce in Family Advocate, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Winter 2017). © 2016 American Bar Association Download this article (PDF)
One of the most common complaints by and sources of frustration to clients during a divorce is connected to the issue of attorney’s fees: specifically, the attorney’s fees which the client does not incur by choice. Fees incurred “not by choice” usually are due to unscrupulous conduct and behavior of the other party which drive up the fees in the … Continued
After handling divorces, child support, custody and paternity matters for more than 20 years, I am well aware that not everyone has a happy and amicable relationship with their ex-spouse or ex-partner. I know that. But, what I also know (though not an easy task), are that words of thanks or appreciation can go a long way in those difficult … Continued
In the wake of the almost apocalyptic marital demise and subsequent divorce proceeding of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, an interesting legal discussion has been raised regarding custody of the six Jolie-Pitt children.
Even the simplest divorce – no kids, few assets, little hostility – can take a while, often surpassing California’s 6 month statutory waiting period before a divorce can be final and brought to judgment. Delays in a divorce proceeding can occur for a variety of reasons: for example, the parties may avoid dealing with paperwork needed to quickly move the … Continued
The engagement period is magical, probably one of the happiest times of anyone’s life. The engagement period is full of fun – parties, gifts, wedding planning, thinking about a home and life together. This is certainly how I felt when I was engaged to be married more than 17 years ago. But leaving the single life to become married is … Continued
Can a court order a parent to undergo indefinite testing for illegal or controlled substances as a requirement for visitation? The answer is yes, according to a recent California Court of Appeal case that originated in Los Angeles County. In this case, a mother lost custody of her young son after she was arrested and tested positive for controlled substances, … Continued