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.
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
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
For many people, having their day in court can bring relief and a sense of certainty. The family court judge can make orders regarding custody and visitation of the children, support, or can require the person with greater access to funds to help pay the other party’s attorney fees. But what happens when the court makes a formal order to … Continued
2014 is now over and we are about to look forward to new and interesting issues in family law, but before that happens, I thought it would be interesting to look back for a brief moment. Looking back on 2014, I’ve pulled a list of the top 14 most-read articles from Van Oorschot Law Group’s “Blawg.” It’s interesting to see … Continued
Holidays are tough in the best of circumstances, with lots of expectations and family pressures. Now, imagine if one or both spouses are unhappy in their marriage. Holiday pressures are amplified and can lead to a self-examination of the marriage and thoughts about planning for a divorce in the new year. If you are considering such a new year’s resolution, … Continued
Choosing to terminate a marriage through an annulment, (called a nullity proceeding in legal terminology), or through divorce (more formally, a dissolution proceeding), depends on an array of factors that must be carefully weighed and considered by either party seeking the marriage termination. Many people believe that an annulment is a fast-track method to end a marriage, especially when the … Continued
Reprinted from the Thursday, October 29, 2014 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Cara L. Boroda’s article titled “Annulments can get messy if you sponsored citizenship” explores the grounds of annulment and the crossover issue of immigration sponsorship by a spouse. Download this article (pdf).
If divorcing your spouse is not difficult enough, those who are not legally divorced by December 31 must begin thinking at this time of year about tax planning as “married” individuals. The issue of tax filing becomes an entirely separate negotiation between lawyers and their clients. While individual tax returns are not due until April 15, tis the season now for … Continued
Imagine a divorce which has been ongoing for several years. The experts essentially agree on the numbers for valuing the marital estate; the lawyers essentially agree on the options for resolution. Hours and hours have been spent working to settle the case, yet the case still does not settle. How can this be, given the time and hard work involved?