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California Guardianship: Choose an Alternate Guardian for Your Kids!

You’ve nominated the perfect guardian for your kids: your caring, secure, and stable parents, who love and know your kids well. But what happens if something goes wrong during the guardianship process? What if, for one reason...more

The 10 things about family law a lawyer must know to survive Street Law

A lawyer needs to understand the first law of thermonuclear dynamics – energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it is merely transferred or converted from one object to another. That’s what emotions are like. My...more

How Does Arizona Same Sex Marriage Impact HR?

On Friday October 17, 2014, same sex marriages became legal in Arizona. What are the changes that Arizona employers and their HR professionals need to be aware of? 1. The definition of spouse in employee manuals and...more

California Guardianship Law: Transferring Assets to a Non-Resident Guardian

California guardianship law can be confusing and complex, and guardianship issues that involve a non-resident guardian can be even more complicated. If you have nominated a guardian who does not live in the United States, you...more

Modifications to Orders – Not All Family Law Decisions Are Set in Stone

When a divorce becomes final, a court issues rulings regarding spousal or child support, and child custody and visitation. These rulings are based on the circumstances of each spouse at the time of the divorce. However,...more

Divorce – Impacting Your Meddlin Hands Partners!

To the other four minority owners who enjoyed the meteoric rise of Meddlin Hands Cleaning Products, when Lucy Knott sued their majority partner Tigh A. Knott for divorce, the divorce was anything but routine. Lucy wants half...more

Social Media Pitfalls In Divorce

These days social media is ubiquitous. Everyone, young and old, enjoys some form of social media — from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram– we are all spending significant time posting our life happenings, likes and dislikes,...more

What Is An Affidavit Of Financial Information And Why Does It Matter?

An Affidavit of Financial Information (“AFI”) is a court-approved form that is utilized in divorce cases for a number of purposes primarily where child support, spousal maintenance and/or attorney fees are at issue....more

Choosing a Foreign Guardian in California? Three Vital Clauses for Your Will

In our last blog post, we discussed the five clauses that every parent should include in their will to ensure that their children are raised safely and correctly – and by the friend or family member of your choice. In this...more

Why Divorce Cases Don’t Settle

Imagine a divorce which has been ongoing for several years. The experts essentially agree on the numbers for valuing the marital estate; the lawyers essentially agree on the options for resolution. Hours and hours have been...more

Are You My “Legal” Father? Establishing Paternity in Pennsylvania

With many couples choosing to cohabitate and forgo the tradition of marriage, the number of unmarried fathers has skyrocketed. Last year, the federal government reported that 40.7% of all 2012 births were “out-of-wedlock.”...more

Ash and Amber are Getting Married! (Judge Sedwick says so)

This is the wedding announcement to the world that our kind, smiling, infinitely patient IT person Ash is getting married. She and Amber have been together seven years and they had the wedding planned anyway, in San Diego,...more

New York Family Court Magistrate Allows Unprecedented Service of Process via Facebook; Will Others Follow?

In a little-noticed decision, Matter of Noel v. Maria, Support Magistrate Gregory L. Gliedman—a Staten Island, New York family court official—recently permitted a father seeking to modify his child support payments to serve...more

OCR Issues Guidance on Application of HIPAA Privacy Rule after Windsor

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor prompted many businesses to review and revise their employee benefit plans. However, the...more

International Estate Planning Decisions: Create a QDOT or Get Citizenship?

If you are married to a non-U.S. Citizen, estate planning in California is going to be more complex for you than it is for other couples, especially if you have a significant amount of property and assets. However, you do...more

Should I have a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is not the death knell of romance! It is a misconception that if you are not a celebrity and do not have millions of dollars, you do not need a prenuptial agreement. Couples from all tax brackets...more

Sexual Materials and Divorce

The world of divorce can be a messy and scary place. One area that is problematic is when a couple, during happier times, engaged in filming or photographing nude or sexual acts, which were done merely to illustrate the...more

One Big Issue That Can Endanger Your Child’s Special Needs Trust

One of the major reasons to create and fund a special needs trust for your disabled child is so that your child can still receive means-tested government benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and...more

Will an Alimony Award Terminate if the Recipient Cohabitates?

On September 22, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court declared to hear the case of Quinn v. Quinn. In the case, the couple was married for twenty-three years until they divorced in 2006. The Husband agreed to pay the Wife...more

Special Needs Trusts: Writing a Letter of Intent

A special needs trust is vital if you are the parent or caretaker of a child (or adult child) with mental or physical disabilities. A trust can make certain that your child is cared for properly, that they have enough...more

Domestic Violence and Divorce

Thanks to the NFL these past few weeks, domestic violence has gained national attention and even received a comment from the President of the United States. However, domestic violence (“DV”) is bigger than most American’s...more

Protective Orders in Virginia

As I am writing this article, it is the day after the first week of NFL football games. The sole topic on the cover of sports websites, discussed on sports radio shows and covered on ESPN and other sports channels is the...more

I have texts and Facebook posts that prove my spouse is cheating. Does this get admitted in my divorce case?

In a previous blog we posted about a spouses cheating and whether it’s a crime to spy on them. Following up with that post: On many occasions clients have wanted to know if the texts they have or the emails or Facebook...more

How to Avoid Estate Taxes if You Have a Non-Citizen Spouse

In our last blog post, we discussed estate taxes, federal gift taxes, and how non-citizen spouses are treated differently in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, while husbands and wives can leave an unlimited amount of money...more

The Marital Deduction: A Valuable Estate Planning Tool

The federal estate tax marital deduction is one of the most important estate planning tools available to a married couple. The basic marital deduction rule is that, upon the death of the first spouse, the value of any...more

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