In Vitro Gametogenesis and Family Law


In vitro gametogenesis and the future of family law.

My mother taught me about birds and bees in 1982.  She read me a book (kind of like this one I just read to my kid).  Sperm comes from a man.  Egg comes from woman.  They kiss, and sperm gets into egg, and baby is made.

So simple!?

Not anymore.

In October 2016, reproductive biologist Katsuhiko Hayashi announced that his team at Kyushu University successfully created fertile mice egg cells entirely from skin cells. 

How to Keep Your Divorce Affordable: 8 Tips

Expensive Divorces

January is divorce month for divorce lawyers!!!  With attorneys’ rates being 250 – 1000/hour, how can anyone afford divorces these days?

Without further ado, my tips for keeping your divorce affordable.

  1.  Hire an experienced mediator.  If you can agree on one thing, should be how your divorce is handled.  Research mediators and find an experienced one who both of you trust.  Sit down with this mediator and hash out your issues.

Cohabitation Before Marriage: Pros and Cons

Cohabitation before marriage: Pros and Cons

I am constantly asked by people (usually those who already live together), “Is there any advantage to getting married?  We are practically married, and it just seems like an extra step.”

This always seems like such a weird question for a divorce lawyer, but I generally vaguely respond, “Marriage is grand.  Divorce, a hundred grand”.  I guess with all answers coming from the mouth of a lawyer, the answer is,

Sex with Current Client and Other New Rules of Professional Conduct

Sex with Current Client and Other New Rules of Professional Conduct

The California Supreme Court approved new Rules on May 10, 2018 via Supreme Court Administrative Order 2018-05-09, and The Rules of Professional Conduct became effective on November 1, 2018.

Basically, a lawyer cannot have sex with a current client UNLESS there was a pre-existing consensual sexual relationship.  Thus:

  1.  They must have been having sex before the client became a client.

Mediation and Confidentiality: What is All the Hoopla?

Mediation Confidentiality: what is all the hoopla?

Hoopla is derived from the French “Houp-la” which is a sound akin to “whoopsi-daisy!” when you are swinging around a child.  It now is used to describe a over-sensationalist response to something average, a much ado about nothing.

Anyway, back to the law.  If you have been looking around for mediators, you may have noticed you are inundated with lots of forms which have “waivers”, and “disclosures”.  Most of them deal with confidentiality.

Prenuptial Agreements and Jeff Bezos

January is divorce month.  As soon as the new year bell tolls, people dig into determined changes for the year.  Since I became a family lawyer in 2000, I have been interviewed every beginning of the year about the subject of marriage and money.

In January 2011, I was interviewed by NPR Marketplace in a segment called, “Financially Preparing for a Divorce”.  The segment focused a LOT on premarital agreements.  You can read the transcript for this show and listen to it by clicking here.