New Year, New Laws for Family Law Attorneys

The California legislature has enacted new laws that may affect your family law practice. Here are some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading

Modifying a Criminal Protective Order

Under California law, anytime a defendant is charged with a crime of domestic violence, the court must consider issuing a criminal protective order on its own motion. These orders are generally characterized as “no contact” or “stay-away” orders. Many victims and even defendants ask the court to modify its order to permit peaceful contact, as we recently saw in the case of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Courts consider many factors in deciding whether to grant the modification. Continue reading