Posted on January 12, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Employee benefits may be one of the biggest assets involved in a divorce—often similar in value to the family residence. With so much money on the line, identifying, valuing, and dividing benefit plans is a priority. Here are 5 steps you should take whenever employee benefits may be involved in a separation or divorce. Continue reading
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: 401k plans, community property, defined benefit plans, division of assets, divorce, employee benefits, legal separation, pension plans, retirement benefits | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 24, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When parents don’t agree on a child custody issue, the parenting plan is the tiebreaker. Given this power, family law attorneys need to draft parenting plans with the utmost care to make sure that uncertainty and ambiguity don’t undermine the best intentions. Continue reading
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: child custody, custody agreement, divorce, document drafting, mediation, parenting plan, visitation plan | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 19, 2014 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Hon. Alan Pendleton, Tenth Judicial District Court Judge in Anoka, Minnesota and Gael B. Strack, JD, CEO and Co-Founder of the Family Justice Center Alliance in San Diego.
The arrests of Ravens running back Ray Rice and San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald have, once again, thrust the ugly specter of domestic violence into the forefront of American consciousness. One of the most terrorizing and lethal forms of violence used by men against their female intimate partners is strangulation. Strangulation is much more common and serious than professionals have realized. Judges and attorneys who deal with perpetrators and victims of domestic violence need to be well-versed in the facts about strangulation; the most effective weapon against domestic violence is education and training. Continue reading
Filed under: Criminal Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: choking, domestic violence, lethal force, strangle, strangulation, Violence Against Women Act | 6 Comments »
Posted on September 8, 2014 by Robert Denham, Esq
From the former capital of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, comes the spark for a Supreme Court decision that could extend same-sex marriage to all fifty states within a year. Continue reading
Filed under: Constitutional Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage ban, Supreme Court | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 11, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When parents aren’t living together as a child’s birth approaches, the family may benefit from having pre-birth orders spelling out what will happen at the hospital and beyond. Continue reading
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Posted on May 30, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
This blog post is adapted from Achieving Professional Camaraderie in Family Law Practice by M. Dee Samuels, Esq., published in CEB’s Practice Under the California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity.
Anger, distrust, and hostility may spill over from clients to attorneys, who at times find themselves as stressed and as polarized as their clients. Here’s how a group of women family law attorneys I belonged to discovered a way to deal with those stresses. There are lessons here for all attorneys. Continue reading
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Posted on May 14, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Before they could legally marry, many long-term same-sex couples thought of themselves as “married,” but if these couples did marry when they were able to and then got divorced, they learned that California law doesn’t think the same way.
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