California’s Legal Document Assistant Problem (I can’t give you legal advice, but….)

Many times, clients come to our office and we get to “clean up messes.”  In some of these cases–the damages already done to the client’s legal position are irreparable.  For many of these parties it would have also been cheaper to have an attorney from the start–instead of trying to fix the harm done while unrepresented. … Read More

Enjoying the holidays as divorced parents (maybe)

A recent article from the Washington Times explores ways in which divorced families can survive the holidays.  The article does correctly point out that, like in other areas of life, a little advanced planning can go a long way. Here are my own thoughts on working your way through the holidays as a divorced (or divorcing) parent: If you have a court order, read it, follow it, and keep a copy with you.… Read More

Can I pay less child support when my ex won’t let me see the kids?

Clients sometimes ask—since my ex is withholding our kids from visiting with me, can I stop paying child support?  I understand the logical inference the client is drawing here.  My ex is acting wrongfully, I am not seeing my kids, therefore the ex should be punished and they should support the kids since they have them 100% of the time. … Read More

A Tale of Two Counties: Mediation & Local Attorneys

Appearing recently at a child custody mediation (AKA child custody recommending counseling session) and trailing hearing I was reminded of two things: (1) local rules matter and (2) sometimes practicing law is a lot like playing poker Whenever child custody is at issue California courts require parents to go to a mediator (AKA child custody recommending counselor) to try to reach an agreement. … Read More

Divorce in California (The Basics)

What grounds are there for divorce? There are two grounds for divorce in California: 1) irreconcilable differences and 2) incurable insanity. California is a no-fault state—meaning that judges don’t care who cheated on who or why you are splitting up. They just need to know that one of the spouses thinks the marriage is totally broken and can’t be fixed.… Read More