How to Divorce like Jen and Ben

On April 13, 2017, Jennifer Garner filed her Petition for divorce (case No. BD 657 235) from her husband of over 10 years, Ben Affleck.  On the SAME day, Ben Affleck filed his Response.  Each of them filed “In propia persona” (without lawyers), and their Petitions mirrored each other.  No wrath, no fury, no speculation.  NO news!!!

As a divorce lawyer, I am compelled to sing their praises!

What a selfless and smart couple.  

Janet Jackson’s Peaceful Divorce Disappoints Media and Divorce Lawyers

Divorce Attorney Kelly Chang Rickert Discusses Janet Jackson Divorce from Kelly Chang Rickert on Vimeo.

Jackson has reportedly filed for divorce against her husband of 5 years, Wissam Al Mana.  There are a number of reasons reported, including “cultural differences”.  The couple have one son together, Eissa, who was born January 3, 2017 (3 months old!)

As usual, the press is quick to sniff out blood (sex and violence sells!),

I Forgot to Change My Last Name! FL-395 to the Rescue

My office processes a lot of divorce judgments.  In all shapes and sizes.  The other day, my client called to tell me she forgot she wanted to restore her maiden name.

Usually, we request this in Judicial Council Form FL-180.  But what happens if you forgot?

Have no fear, FL-395 is here!

First, remember, you have a right to adopt any name you want, as long as it is not for the intent to defraud or intentionally confuse.  

Kelly and Kimberly Yates: 2 Missing Children Taken from Dad by Mom 30 years ago are Located

Family Law Attorney Kelly Chang Rickert Discusses the Kidnapping of Kimberly and Kelly Yates from Kelly Chang Rickert on Vimeo.
This morning, CNN Headline News asked me to opine on the Yates case.  What an amazing story!

In 1985, Russell and Elaine Yates were married, with 2 children, Kelly (10 months old) and Kimberly Yates (3 years old).   Russell was a royal jerk.  He cheated on her NUMEROUS times.  

Patton v. Thicke, LASC BD 609 292: Patton ex parte denied

ET BRAD ANGELINA KELLY CHANG 12.6.16 from Kelly Chang Rickert on Vimeo.

Yesterday, Paula went to court on an ex parte application to modify custody based on Robin’s alleged “spanking” of their 6-year-old-son Julian.  So does the law allow you to spank as punishment?  Absolutely!  Studies (and more importantly, common sense) have repeatedly shown that DISCIPLINE is good for children.  Children need to have boundaries.

Interestingly enough,