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Blog Posts in 2013

  • Can I Change my Name During Divorce?

    || 10-Dec-2013

    The Huffington Post today reported that Jennifer Lopez is formally requesting to restore her legal name from “Jennifer Muniz” to “Jennifer Lopez” in her pending divorce from singer Marc Anthony. Apparently, “Muniz” is Mr. Anthony’s legal birth name. If you have filed for divorce in Los Angeles, or if you are thinking about dissolving your marriage, then ...
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  • How to Divide Life Insurance During Your Los Angeles Divorce?

    || 7-Dec-2013

    Earlier this week, we published a post on how to divide life insurance in a divorce case in California. We thought we would take a second look and try to give you a better understanding of the conflicting results reached among Judges in California and how a family law court in Los Angeles County may approach this issue during your divorce. There are two distinct approaches courts in California ...
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  • In California, there is a difference of opinion on the characterization of term life insurance policies during divorce. When attempting to characterize term life insurance proceeds, it is helpful to understand the basic difference between a “whole” life insurance policy and a “term” life insurance policy. In a “whole” life insurance policy, we typically think in ...
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  • In an earlier post concerning child custody jurisdiction, we talked about California’s adoption of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”), which provides for jurisdiction in child custody proceedings. However, even though the family law court in California may have jurisdiction to hear your child custody case, it’s also possible for the court ...
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  • When a parent interferes with or prevents the other parent from having visitations with a child, the noncustodial parent (“obligor” or person who owes a duty of support) is required to continue paying child support. Even though a custodial parent may be interfering with child visitations, a noncustodial parent cannot use parental interference as a defense to paying their own child ...
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  • What Is the UCCJEA?

    || 19-Aug-2013

    What is the UCCJEA? How will a family law court determine California has authority (“jurisdiction”) over your Los Angeles child custody dispute? The legal framework for a family law court to determine if it has authority to hear a child custody dispute involving parties in interested states or foreign countries can be found in the California’s Uniform Child Custody and ...
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  • Using Social Media During Your Los Angeles Divorce

    || 16-Aug-2013

    In a study published by the University of Birmingham, we learned this week that information sharing on Facebook could end some relationships. The use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media has clearly changed the way we communicate with each other. I just spent this morning posting the latest happenings on the Baby Veronica Custody Case on Facebook and Twitter. Social media has not only ...
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  • Baby Veronica Custody Battle Continues

    || 16-Aug-2013

    It appears a custody hearing involving Baby Veronica has ended at the Cherokee County family law courthouse in Oklahoma earlier today. As a family law attorney, this is just one of those cases where you know there can be no clear winner or loser for either family involved. In the end, it’s not about winning and loosing and all you can really hope for is that each family thinks long and hard ...
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  • What Are the Grounds for Divorce in California?

    || 15-Jul-2013

    As a divorce attorney, one of the questions I am frequently asked is what are the grounds for divorce (or marital dissolution) in California? In California, when we talk about obtaining a judgment of marital dissolution we’re really talking about getting a divorce. Getting a divorce in California is commonly referred to by divorce lawyers and family law judges as obtaining a judgment of ...
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  • In an earlier post published on July 1st, we were pleased to inform you about a new parenting education program available at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. That particular program is aimed at young parents between the ages of 13 and 24 years of age and is entitled “Young Parents, Bright Futures.” Today, I am pleased to provide you with ...
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  • California Court of Appeals, In Re Marriage of Ficke, Multiple Issues, California Spousal Support - Imputing Income to Custodial Parent, Spousal Support to a Self-Supporting Spouse, Marital Property Allocations, Home Acquired BEFORE Marriage Published: Child and spousal support orders reversed, and those issues remanded to the trial court for further proceedings. Judgment affirmed as to property ...
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  • New Parenting Education Program Benefits Young Parents Involved in a Los Angeles Child Custody Dispute Are you involved in a Los Angeles Child Custody dispute? Los Angeles parenting education program benefiting young parents recently launched! “Young Parents, Bright Futures” is a program intended to provide those parents litigating child custody disputes who are teenagers or who are in ...
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  • Parenting Plan Assessments at the Los Angeles Superior Court

    || 29-Jun-2013

    If you are involved in a Los Angeles child custody dispute, then you should learn more about what is a parenting plan assessment at the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Stanley Mosk Courthouse (Central District) provided by Family Court Services (FCS). Some of the following information concerning Parenting Plan Assessments is excerpted from Family Law Supervising Judge Scott M. Gordon’s ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage in California - A Historic Day From the Nations High Court If you were following us on social media yesterday, then you know we were awaiting two highly anticipated decisions out of the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether the Supreme Court Justices intended (or not) to be a part of history, they certainly played an important role in providing equality for all lawfully married couples. ...
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  • What Is a Parenting Plan Assessment in Los Angeles?

    || 27-Jun-2013

    If you are involved in a child custody dispute at the Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles, then you will want to discuss with your divorce lawyer exactly what is a child custody parenting plan assessment in Los Angeles County during the divorce process or if your family law case involves a child custody issue. Parenting Plan Assessments in Los Angeles (also called ...
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