Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law Assembly Bill 216, an urgency measure designed to further define the standards and procedures for exempting pupils in foster care from local graduation requirements. The new law...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more
Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Mitchell Reichman discusses best practices in protecting separate property in Arizona. He talks about various family topics such as community...more
Mitchell Reichman, a Board Certified Family Law Specialist at Phoenix Arizona law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. talks about how one can make the most of the first initial meeting with an attorney. He talks about what should be...more
The Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, will have a broad range of impacts for states (including Maine and New Hampshire) which...more
As we’ve mentioned before, college costs are on the rise. In the 2002 cult classic Van Wilder, the protagonist is devastated when he learns that his parents refuse to bankroll his undergraduate experience beyond seven years...more
Windsor v. United States -
Issue: Can the federal government define marriage?
Loser: The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed in 1996 and signed by President Clinton, was...more
Nesta segunda década do século XXI, inegáveis foram os avanços rumo à defesa e à promoção dos direitos da população LGBT. No Brasil, a força da Justiça que animou esse movimento, com atuação valorosa dos profissionais do...more
A loud, beeping Amber Alert and accompanying visual banner filled the homes and screens of area television viewers on the evening of January 14, 2013, announcing the abduction of a five-year-old student from a Philadelphia...more
Don't ignore legal problems. There are always consequences. Know your rights. Go see an attorney....more
KMTG is continuing our series reviewing new legislation. Unless noted otherwise, the new laws take effect January 1, 2013.
Gifted & Talented Program — AB 2491 -
Current law evidences the Legislature’s intent to...more
KMTG will be issuing a series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws become effective January 1, 2013, unless otherwise stated.
Assembly Bill 1909 -
The primary focus of Assembly Bill...more
A father calls to inform you that his ex-wife is not permitted to pick up their son from school anymore. Up until now, the parents operated under a joint custody agreement submitted upon the student’s enrollment in the...more
We are excited to announce the publication of our new eBook on Divorce Mediation. Learn what the many benefits are by getting a divorce through mediation versus a long, expensive and protracted contested divorce. See also how...more
SB 1476 (Leno) passed through the Assembly and is now awaiting approval by the State Senate. SB 1476, which would amend and add to the Family Code, would permit a court, in appropriate cases, to find that a child has more...more
The tax laws provide many opportunities for grandparents to provide for their grandkids' financial, educational and other needs. If you have grandchildren, or anticipate their arrival, providing for their future security may...more
Recent publication of the Discount for Lack of Marketability(DLOM) Job aid for IRS Valuation
Professionals has brought fresh scrutiny to the various methods used by valuation practitioners for determining discount for lack of...more
In September, CASA's Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) hosted a lunch and art event for Orange County foster youth at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in the Artist's Village of downtown Santa Ana. Renowned...more
Unless you don’t watch TV or use the Internet, you have probably heard of the popular movie and book, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” written by a Swedish investigative journalist, Stieg Larsson - This is an interesting...more
In a January 2011 article we addressed the changes to the gift and estate tax provisions contained in the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
Everything may change at the end of 2012 so it is more important than ever to take a look at...more
Though the trust is a judge-made creature of equity, the last eighty years have seen numerous rounds of uniform legislation codifying various aspects of the law of trusts, beginning with the Uniform Principal and Income Act...more
As families gather to celebrate, reconnect and enjoy each other’s company, it’s more important than ever to talk about the things that are most important to you – family, values and a legacy that will last - these truly are...more
Don’t make the mistake of viewing estate planning as a post-death issue; with the right person taking care of you and your affairs, the value of a well-drafted Trust will likely become evident while you are still able to...more
Demographic trends —delayed marriages, considerable wealth being created pre- marriage, and an almost 50% rate of divorce—bring an urgency to the issue of apportioning the active and passive components of the growth in value...more
Thank you to everyone that attended our Successor Trustee Workshop on November 17th, 2011. It was a great success! Below is the presentation that attorney Ron Adams gave. If you have any questions about this presentation...more