Category Archives: Family Law
Learn What to Do if Your Ex Files an Ex Parte about Child Custody
I am often contacted by nervous parents who state that their ex has filed (or is about to file) an Ex Parte Application concerning modifying or creating a child custody order in Family Law Court. Often after I listen to their story, I am able to tell them to relax. The most common reason I… Read More »
How to Obtain an Order from the Court to Compel a Spouse to Contribute to Attorney Fees in a Divorce?
The Court can order one spouse to pay or contribute to the payment of attorneys fees for the other spouse in a divorce if there is a need. The law that authorizes this is Family Code Section 2030. The purpose of a § 2030 fee award is to ensure a party has sufficient resources to… Read More »
15 Questions You Should Ask Potential Divorce Lawyers Before Hiring
Asking questions about an attorney’s qualifications and skills can be embarrassing and a little intimidating. A divorce is one of the most important events in your life. It makes sense to enquire about the attorney’s background and experience. Here are 15 Questions You Should Ask Potential Divorce Lawyers Before Hiring. Your lawyer should be able… Read More »
Divorce Mediation Makes Sense Even with the Recalcitrant Spouse
Traditional litigation lawyers and parties are in adversarial roles. You can imagine that if one company sues another over trademark infringement for example, the case begins as a zero-sum game with a winner and a loser. It’s true most cases settle, but the mindset of the litigants is one of war. This can be the… Read More »
How is Child Support Determined and Ordered in Los Angeles and Orange County Family Court?
In California, child support is determined using a mathematical formula codified in Family Code Section 4055. The most important factors are the incomes of the parents. The next most important factor is the amount of time the parents have custody. Changes in custody time can sometimes result in changes in child support payment amounts. Child… Read More »
How Child Custody Schedules Are Determined in Divorce and Paternity Cases in Los Angeles and Orange Counties
Learn How Family Law Courts in Los Angeles and Orange County Determine Child Custody If the parents cannot agree on child custody, the courts are guided by two principles in fashioning custody orders. 1. Maintain the status quo. 2. Provide frequent and continuing contact by both parents with minor children. 1. The Ultimate… Read More »
How to Obtain The Best Possible Outcome When You Have to Go to Court in Your Family Law Case
Four Steps to Improve Your Chances of Getting What You Desire In Family Law Hearings If You Are the Movant Submit Terrific Papers. Opposition Papers Should Be Filed As Early As Possible. Opposing Papers Should Attack the Weakness of The Movant’s Papers. Consider Telling Your Attorney You Don’t Want An Objection to The Evidence Pleading Filed…. Read More »