I’ve presented these articles which I have written because I feel they offer good information for my clients. Reading them at your leisure will help you better understand your situation. If you have any questions regarding what you’ve read here, especially how it may relate to your own family law issue, please feel free to contact my office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss all your questions.

The Roles They Play

Spouses, either consciously or unconsciously, take on certain roles in marriages, whether by choice, by default or by virtue of a personality trait.  Common examples are the roles of the breadwinner and caretaker of the children. Another illustration involves the financial dealings for the family: one spouse may handle them all, while the other spouse chooses to not be involved … Continued

How to value a small business when getting a divorce

Reprinted from the Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Marlo Van Oorschot’s article titled “How to value a small business when getting a divorce” explores why a small business may have value in a divorce despite the possibility of having no future value if the operating spouse left the business. Download this article (pdf)

Is Your Spouse Underemployed (Not Unemployed, but Underemployed)?

He’s making a living, working 9 to 5, but now his wife believes he could be making more. He’s a smart man, with a Master’s degree, and 18 years of experience in his field. However, he earns under $75,000 a year, and with the possibility of a spousal support order in the distant future, his wife believes her soon-to-be ex-husband … Continued

Why Does Divorce Cost so Much Money?

When a couple gets divorced, one of the first things either person worries about is the cost.  While managing the cost is a reasonable concern, the reality is….here is the honest answer….divorce is expensive.  Unless there are no children, virtually no assets, each person is self-supporting and there is no issue of domestic violence, divorce is going to be costly.  … Continued

High Risk Investment Strategies Could Bring an End to Spousal Support

The receipt of spousal support and a share of the community property in a divorce does not relieve the spouse who is being financially supported from being accountable for his or her financial future.  Just when one thinks they are free from scrutiny, they are not. Supported spouses (in other words, a divorced spouse who receives support payments as part … Continued

Child Custody and Visitation: The Grounds For Emergency Relief

In a family law proceeding, one of the most sensitive and emotionally charged areas –for both the family law attorney and the client- typically concerns issues surrounding custody and visitation of the children. Because the two parents are now adversaries, seemingly innocuous issues (for example, the completion of the child’s homework) may be blown out of proportion.  This can lead … Continued

Wonder How To Talk to Your Kids About Divorce or Separation?

Parenting is hard work.  For most people, parenting is even harder work after separation or divorce.  One of the added challenges of parenting after separation or divorce is answering the multitude of questions children have about what has happened, including questions about where they will spend their time, about their feelings, about changes to the family, about what the law … Continued

Domestic Violence: A Renewed and Visible Conversation

In the wake of the infamous domestic abuse charges against Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back accused of a violent assault on his then-fiancée, and the subsequent media attention concerning how the NFL handled the charges, there appears to be an ever stronger campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Two Questions Most Often Asked by New Clients

Every January and February, family law attorneys meet a lot of prospective new clients.  It is my opinion that the New Year brings about the desire for action and change.   January has even been dubbed as “Divorce Month.”  Whatever is the reason and regardless of the time of year, people who face divorce or custody disputes have many questions, … Continued

There Are No Secrets in Divorce: the Duty to Disclose

The decision to end a marriage can be one that is both deeply personal and highly complex. However, deciding to commence the divorce as a formal legal proceeding, also known as a dissolution of marriage proceeding, is often a process full of unknown steps and sometimes, unexpected surprises for many people. One of the biggest surprises is the duty to … Continued