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I Have Legal and Physical Custody of My Child Do I Need to File a Motion to Change Their School?

Question: I  am in the process of divorce. I have been awarded sole legal and physical custody. Father has visitation on weekends. Which motion do I need to file to inform the court of my intention to change the minor child’s school in Los Angeles California? I am also requesting visitation changes to the order. Can… Read More »

Navigating Mental Health Factors in California Family Law Court: A Guide for Contested Custody Cases

Navigating Mental Health Factors in California Family Law Court: A Guide for Contested Child Custody Cases Learn how mental health factors of parents are considered under the amendments to Family Code and how they impact contested custody cases in California Navigating Mental Health Factors in Contested Custody Cases: A New Era in California Family Law… Read More »

Learn About Obtaining Information For a Domestic Violence Case from the Adverse Party

As of January 1, 2024, the Civil Discovery Act does not apply to matters under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) absent a good cause showing. INTRODUCTION: The applicability of the Civil Discovery Act to DVPA matters was a point of contention. In cases of alleged Domestic Violence some litigants would seek discovery under the… Read More »

Learn How California Courts Deal with Child Custody Issues in Domestic Violence Restraining Order Cases

California laws regarding child custody and visitation in the context of  Domestic Violence Restraining Order Cases have been changed. If domestic violence or drug/alcohol abuse is alleged, amended Family Code Section 3011(a) requires courts to consider virtual visitation and grant unsupervised visitation only if the court finds that such visits are in the child’s best… Read More »

Learn How Social Media Posts Can Impact Your California Divorce or Paternity Case

In today’s digital age, where social media has become an undeniable part of life, navigating a divorce or a paternity case can be even more complex. While sharing updates and connecting with loved ones can be beneficial, careless posts can have a significant, and often negative, impact on your family law case in California. Here’s… Read More »

Accused of Domestic Violence in California? Take These Steps to Prepare

Here are some steps that a person accused of domestic violence in California should take prior to the hearing: Understand the charges: The first step is to understand the charges against you. You should know what you are being accused of and what the potential consequences are. You may face criminal charges and/or civil charges… Read More »

Can I Obtain an Ex Parte Emergency Order if My Ex Does Not Follow the Child Custody Orders?

I am often asked about Ex Parte Applications for Child Custody Orders. If you have heard the phrase Ex Parte, but aren’t sure what it means read this post. Here is a question I received today: Question: How do I word my ex parte application for a child custody order modification? My ex has 1st,… Read More »

Understanding Your Rights After a Custody Hearing in a California Paternity Case

I often receive questions about Findings and Orders After Hearing in California Paternity Cases similar to this one:   QUESTION: “Have I received temporary child custody orders or a final judgment? I am currently in a parentage case in CA. I have been told (by a judge) I am a presumed father and was given… Read More »

What Steps Can a Person Take to Prepare for Divorce in California

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A DIVORCE IN CALIFORNIA There are several steps a party can take to prepare for a divorce in California: Gather information. This includes acquiring and making copies of important financial documents, such as tax returns, bank statements, and investment portfolios. It is also important to obtain the data necessary for you… Read More »

After a Family Law Hearing on Custody, Support or Some Other Issue How Does A Party Make an Order?

After a Court makes a decision in a family law case court hearing at which the judge issues an order, how does one make a record of what the judge said? I am often asked about Court Orders after a judge has made a decision in a family law hearing over a disputed issue. For… Read More »