Brad and Angelina’s Custody Battle – Certified Family Law Specialist Kelly Chang Rickert

What’s going on?  Jolie filed a Petition, checking the custody box for her, and visitation box for Brad.  Brad filed a Response (within the 30 days), checking joint custody box.

Date of Separation and Family Code 70: What is it?


On Saturday, October 1, 2016,  at the annual California State Bar Convention, Ritzel and I had the honor of presenting a legal seminar on a new law coming in effect January 1, 2017, passed by SB 1255.  This new law deals with the date of separation in Family Law.

First of all, why does it matter?  The general answer is, in family law, EVERYTHING matters.  Even the kitchen sink!  The date of separation can affect many things,

Kelly Chang Rickert Quoted in Star Magazine on Brangelina’s Divorce

The real battle, however, will be over their kids.  “If both of them are levelheaded and have the children’s best interests at heart, they would work out a physical custody-sharing plan in private,“, L.A.-based divorce attorney Kelly Chang Rickert tells Star.  “But if Angie uses Brad’s alleged child abuse against him – even though one instance of him ‘spanking’ would not make him an abuser –

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Our Obsession with Divorce as Punishment


Brad Pitt Divorce!

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka #Brangelina is no longer!!!  Yesterday (on a manic Monday, no less), Angelina Jolie filed FL-100(Petition for Dissolution), which will be served on Brad Pitt.

As I opened Facebook today (my source for morning news), my feed was inundated with news about this split.  it overshadowed the bombings that just occurred in New York, Russian planes bombing, and even the election.

Who’s Your Daddy?


In its Big Brother way, California has historically always favored “conclusive presumptions of paternity”, that is, when a mother is married and living with her husband (who is neither impotent or sterile) at time of conception, her husband is conclusively presumed to be the child’s father.  EVEN though he may NOT be the child’s biological father.  This law is written in Family Code section 7540.

Thus, historically, it would SUCK for an unwed father if the mother was married –

Why is my divorce taking so long?


Divorce taking too long!

Technology has created monsters with no patience.  Just yesterday, at a Stop Sign, a woman no younger than 90! flipped me the bird, because I was trying to parallel park.  The light in front of me was red.  “You’re taking too f’cking long!” she growled at me.  Ok – so I am an Asian driver and my skills at parallel parking are next to none – but still,