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WHAT DOES ‘PERSONALIZED SERVICE’ MEAN?

Most people have never had to hire an attorney, for divorce or anything else.  But when you do, you should hire an attorney who is 100% dedicated to serving you, the client.  You may have heard the term “team of attorneys” or “army of lawyers.”  Those may be helpful in massive litigation, but in family […]

STEPPARENT ADOPTION AND TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

When attempting to get an absent parent to pay child support seems like more trouble than it is worth, there is another option when a parent has remarried.  That is stepparent adoption, which confers upon the stepparent all the rights and obligations of parenthood.  An action to terminate the rights of the deadbeat parent must […]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: MORE THAN JUST PHYSICAL ASSAULT

When people hear the term “domestic violence,” they often think of one spouse physically assaulting the other.  This is also often associated with a dominating relationship in which a spouse is afraid to leave for fear of future domestic violence. In family law, however, the definition of “domestic violence” is much wider than the term […]

WHY IS DIVORCE SO EXPENSIVE?

You may have heard the question answered sarcastically, “Because it’s worth it.”  There is a grain of truth in that, but it is hard to deny the fact that divorce is unnecessarily expensive. Undoubtedly, divorce lawyers are expensive to begin with, charging hundreds of dollars an hour, and billing many hours.  This alone is not […]

MOVE AWAYS: WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

MOVE AWAYS:  WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS? If you or your coparent wants to relocate, what do you do?  Move aways can cause a hardship to one parent or the other.  They can also make the current child custody arrangement impossible to maintain. A parent may move away due to a job, or to be closer […]

PRE-JUDGMENT CHILD CUSTODY DISPUTES

When the parties to a forthcoming divorce separate, the issue of child custody can become a thorny issue.  Often it takes time before the court hearing the divorce matter addresses the issue of child custody in a formal way.  Several steps have to occur, such as child custody mediation. In the meantime, who has the […]

IS YOUR DIVORCE ATTORNEY ETHICAL?

Attorneys are professionals governed by a professional code of conduct.  The attorney must take care to avoid conflicts of interest.  These often arise where the attorney has a current or prior relationship with a person or party adverse to the client.  Conflicts also arise in determining the best course of action on a case.  Obviously, […]

DOES A LOVED ONE NEED A CONSERVATORSHIP?

Ideally, the elder members of your family have created an estate plan which deals with the disposition of their assets, and the nomination of individuals to make decisions on their behalf on financial and healthcare issues.  However, this does not always happen. A person who no longer retains the capacity to manage his or her […]

DIVORCE: WHAT DO I GET TO KEEP?

Generally, your “separate property” includes the assets that you owned prior to marriage.  Conversely, property which is acquired “by the community” during marriage—commonly the wages you and your spouse earn during marriage—is community property, generally speaking.  As is common in the law of divorce, there are exceptions to the general rules.  Here are some of […]