Posted on April 21, 2014 by cebca
The following is a guest blog by Alan M. Goldberg of the Law Office of Alan Goldberg. Alan’s practice includes Appeals, Civil Trials, and Family Law. You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlanMGoldberg.
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Family Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Tort Law | Tagged: affirmative defense, lab report, litigation privilege, negligence, paternity action, paternity test, privileged communication | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 14, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The following is a guest blog post by Maggie LaBranch, a solo practitioner located in San Jose, California. Her passion in law shines in making personal connections and building relationships in her family law and trusts and estates practice.
The case of the New Jersey teenager who left home and then sued her parents for payment of continuing private high school tuition, living expenses, and future college costs put fear into parents nationwide. Even the judge noted the “potentially slippery slope” involved in the 18-year-old teen’s case, which she ultimately dropped. But it brings up the related issue of parental obligations for the education and living expenses of their older teens in the context of separation and divorce. What are these obligations under California law?
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics, Uncategorized | Tagged: child support, college tuition, divorce, divorce agreement, marital settlement, private school tuition | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 27, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Many men who donate sperm have no intention of being a father to any potential child and particularly no intention to pay child support for that child. But intentions aren’t enough; compliance with the state’s parentage law is. Continue reading
Filed under: Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: artificial insemination, child support, sperm donation, sperm donor, Uniform Parentage Act | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 11, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
For each attorney, there are many cases that he or she ought to turn down. One reason to decline a case is a client that is likely to be nothing but trouble for you. Continue reading
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: child custody, custody cases, difficult clients, divorce, family law attorneys | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 14, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The recent Supreme Court decision that permitted same-sex marriages to resume in California may mean more engagement rings will be given here than ever. It’s a good time to brush up on the law—do you know who gets to keep the ring if the engagement is broken?
Filed under: Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: engagement, engagement ring, premarital gift, same-sex marriage, The Bachelor | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 12, 2013 by Robert Denham, Esq
It may not be too soon to draw some inferences from the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v Windsor extending federal law benefits of marriage to lawfully married same-sex spouses. Continue reading
Filed under: Estate Planning, Family Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: DOMA, domestic partnerships, marital deduction, registered domestic partners, same-sex marriage | 4 Comments »
Posted on May 6, 2013 by Bonnie Riley
Update: On June 26, 2013, the U.S Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the South Carolina Supreme Court and remanded the case for further proceedings based on its holding that 25 USC §1912(f) (part of the Indian Child Welfare Act) doesn’t apply when the parent opposing the adoption never had custody of the Indian child.
An episode of A&E’s series Longmire (“The Dog Soldier”) delved into the complicated world of Indian child fostering and adoption. The show got the law wrong, but that’s not surprising in this complicated area. Although the Supreme Court may offer some clarity in its upcoming decision on the appeal of Adoptive Couple v Baby Girl (SC 2012) 731 SE2d 550, it would take the wisdom of Solomon, invoked wistfully by Justice Kennedy, to fashion a happy outcome for one Indian child. Continue reading
Filed under: Family Law, New Legal Developments | Tagged: adoption, Cherokee Nation, Indian Child Welfare Act, juvenile dependency, Longmire, Supreme Court | 7 Comments »
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Many family law attorneys are used to doing it all and wearing many different hats. But financial discovery can get complicated enough to warrant bringing in a specialist. Continue reading
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: discovery, divorce, financial discovery, financial information, marital dissolution | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 18, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
For every parent, the most important function of his or her will is the nomination of a guardian for minor children. Continue reading
Filed under: Estate Planning, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: death, death of parent, Estate Planning, guardianship, minor children, nomination of guardian, will | 6 Comments »
Posted on March 1, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Going through a divorce is difficult on many levels. Your client may feel like his or her personal life is laid bare for everyone to see. As an attorney, you can’t protect your client from the emotional exposure involved in divorce, but you can take measures to protect your client’s financial laundry from being publicly aired. Continue reading
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: divorce, financial information, financial records, marital dissolution, privacy, tax returns | 5 Comments »