Handling Child Custody Battles

child custody battles, California

Nothing breaks this family lawyer’s heart more than a bitter custody battle.  I remember one episode of Law and Order which starts off with a father’s supervised visitation.  Father is portrayed as being very close to his daughter, who clearly loves him.  The monitor stands by, uninterested and purposeless.  Later, the mother accuses the father of rape (which is later proven untrue), and father loses all custody.  This leads to rage, and father pours burning oil on mother,

Technology is Destroying Marriages

The most common excuse for divorce I heard these days is this: “He/She isn’t meeting my needs.”

Whether it be physical, emotional, mental – these needs are found on-line.  Need a date?  Need sex when your spouse doesn’t want to give it to you? Ashley Madison.  Need dinner? Eat24.  Postmates.  Need a ride? Uber.  Groceries?  Instacart.  Makeup?  Styleseat.  Need sex with someone within .25 miles of you? Tinder.

Consulting Attorney v. Retaining Attorney in Your Divorce Case

Consulting Attorney versus Retaining Attorney in Divorce

I want to start out by saying I have great compassion for those going through a divorce.  In addition to the already difficult adjustments of transitioning to a new life (new living situation, increased expenses, half the estate, stress, lack of sleep), you have to really protect your children and pets, making sure that they are not negatively affected by the change.  And you don’t know the law, or where to start,

Man Hits Jackpot Months After Divorce

Man hits jackpot months after divorce.  His wife (currently paying him alimony) isn’t legally entitled to the winnings, but she is now able to terminate her spousal support (yay!).  She needs to immediately file a motion to modify/terminate her spousal support because the current order continues to run until it has been replaced by the new order.

He purchased the ticket with separate funds after the divorce.  The community has already been divided.  There is no claim for omitted or undisclosed assets;

Cheating is NEVER Acceptable, In Marriage or Otherwise

Cheating is NEVER Acceptable, in marriage or otherwise!

The latest media storm focused on celebrities and rich people paying a criminal named Rick Singer to get their spoiled, dumb spawn into universities.

Rich people cheating has never been new.  It happens (a LOT!)  I have heard of rich men paying for “luxury apartments” for their mistresses and love children, writing OFF their expenses on tax returns – it happens, unfortunately, every day.  It happens so often the top search phrase is  “Are mistresses entitled to anything?”

Fairness in Divorce is Not About How Much You get

Fairness in Divorce Is NOT About How Much You Get

The most common phrase divorce lawyers hear daily  is “I just want what’s fair!” (Always with an exclamation mark, never a period). Alternatively, “I just want what I’m entitled to!”

Three major problems:

  1.  Divorce is unfair.  Marriage is suppose to be forever.  Divorce is the short end of the bargain.  NOT FAIR.
  2. You are DIVIDING what was one.  Division yields LESS.