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  • Modern Family Actress Sofia Vergara Sued By Her Own Embryos?

    || 23-Dec-2016

    In 2014, Hollywood actress Sofia Vergara, who is perhaps most-famous for her role in the sitcom Modern Family, was sued by her ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, for custody of her two frozen embryos. The lawsuit raised interesting and controversial questions about when paternity rights began. Not to be deterred by that lawsuit’s lackluster performance in the courts, Loeb has once again sued ...
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  • Support Locks of Love Week

    || 9-Jun-2016

    A few years ago, Jojo saw a flyer at my house which was an advertisement for St. Jude’s Hospital. The children pictured on the advertisement were bald. Very concerned, Jojo asked me why these children did not have any hair. I explained that the children in the picture had cancer, and the medicine they received to attack the cancer was so strong that it made their hair fall out. Jojo was so ...
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  • Unfortunately, Bitcoin Divorce is quickly becoming the new reality attorneys and courts will have to deal with in California. Bitcoin is a new and recent type of “e-currency” that is sold online. It is a digital, decentralized currency that is not backed by governments or legal entities and not redeemable for any commodities. Reuben Grinberg, Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital ...
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  • Can I Get an Annulment?

    || 8-Aug-2014

    There are many misconceptions about how to get an annulment (“nullity of marriage” or “nullity of domestic partnership”) in California. For some prospective clients, the annulment option might seem like the easy way out of a bad marriage, or there is an underlying belief there is less of a stigma associated with annulment when compared to divorce. Whatever you might think, ...
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  • The following case deals with an interesting issue concerning a trial court’s jurisdiction to make child support orders in the context of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. While a temporary restraining order can include child and visitation orders, the issue in this case arose when the parties reached an agreement or stipulation before they went to hearing. The stipulation between the ...
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  • Getting Temporary Orders During Divorce in Los Angeles

    || 27-Mar-2014

    How a Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer can get Temporary Orders with the Request for Order During Divorce How do you get temporary orders in divorce cases? Divorce Lawyers in Los Angeles typically use the Request For Order procedure to get temporary orders in divorce cases in California. When filing for divorce, legal separation or a parentage case, the Request for Order (FL-300) form is used to notify ...
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  • What is the Paternity Opportunity Program in California?

    || 27-Feb-2014

    In California, establishing legal paternity for a child can be a complicated process when there are children born out of wedlock. The easiest way for unmarried parents to establish paternity is to get married.However, there is another method for establishing paternity for unmarried parents in California, and it is referred to as the Paternity Opportunity Program (also known as the ...
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  • Unwed Fathers Rights in California

    || 13-Feb-2014

    CA Appeals Court Considers Unwed Fathers Right to Bring Paternity Action Court of Appeals Holds Unmarried Father Has Standing To Bring Paternity Action Even Though Biological Mother’s Husband Is A Presumed Father. Determining the parental rights of unwed fathers in California can be confusing. If you are an unwed parent who wants to assume responsibility for a child born out-of-wedlock, you ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Same-Sex Marriage in California: SCOTUS Review of Prop 8

    || 19-Mar-2013

    U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Same-Sex Marriage in California Question: Does Prop 8 Deny Gay And Lesbian Americans Equal Rights? This is a big week at the U.S. Supreme Court for same-sex marriage. At issue, whether enforcement of California’s Proposition 8 denies gay and lesbians fundamental liberty interests and equal protection under the law that is guaranteed to all Americans under the ...
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  • Discussing ICWA With Your Los Angeles Adoption Lawyer An important issue to discuss with your Los Angeles Adoption Lawyer during the adoption process is the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act to your adoption. Under federal law, if the child you are adopting is a Native American child, then you will want to make sure your adoption lawyer and any agency involved in your adoption is ...
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  • Adoption Tax Credit

    || 5-Mar-2013

    Adoption Tax Credit for Same-Sex Couples In yesterday’s article on California Same-Sex Marriage, we discussed how same-sex couples generally find themselves excluded from many tax benefits in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending review of California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA. Same-sex couples, however, do qualify for a tax break if they adopt a partner’s child. The ...
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  • Child Support in California

    || 3-Mar-2013

    Understanding Child Support in CA California child support is the equal responsibility of both parents. Child support obligations are laid out in California Family Code Section 4053. When spouses separate or divorce, both parents are required to provide financial support for their children. California child support law also presumes that “a parent having primary physical responsibility for ...
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  • Termination of Parental Rights in California

    || 28-Feb-2013

    Appeals Court Upholds Involuntary Termination of Father's Parental Rights in California on the Basis of Mental Disability Recent tragedies such as the Newtown school shooting have sparked debate over our nation’s health-care system and our failure to meet the needs of those struggling with mental illness. Many parents struggling with mental illness end up in the legal system fighting to ...
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  • "Our Children First" - L.A. Superior Court Announces New Mediation Program Family Court Services at the Los Angeles Superior Court has announced a new on-line mediation orientation program that is intended to satisfy the Court’s requirement for parents to complete mediation when custody and visitations are at issue in your case. Contact one of our Los Angeles Divorce Lawyers if you ...
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  • Domestic Violence Resources in California

    || 4-Dec-2012

    Contact a Los Angeles Family Law Attorney Today This week’s murder-suicide committed by a football player is a sad reminder there are many among us who are struggling with domestic violence. While there are no cookie-cutter solutions to any family matter, however, domestic violence requires immediate attention and there are measure the Court can take to better insure the safety of all ...
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