Who Gets the Family Pets in a Divorce?

Can’t agree on who gets the family pet during your divorce? The courts are now poised to help. On September 27, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly 2274, which adds section 2605 to the Family Code. Effective on January 1, 2019, the new law provides courts with direction … (Read More)

How To Request a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

This article will explain how to request a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) in San Diego County.

What is a DVRO?

A DVRO is a court order that helps protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse. Make sure you qualify before requesting one.

You and the person … (Read More)

Got Stress? Five Tips to Help Manage It

Stress, the silent killer. It’s a primary contributor to conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yet so many of us ignore the warning signs and simply accept stress as part of the process.

It doesn’t have to be that way. While stress can be incredibly useful in … (Read More)

Prepare Before Divorce Filing: Smart!

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked whether a person should file for divorce or not, I’d be vacationing in Hawaii right now. Even though I would never accept the dollar, I still cannot answer the question because it’s a very personal decision. Once you’ve decided … (Read More)

Changed Circumstances in Custody Modification Cases

You may have heard of the best interest rule in the world of child custody. But how about the changed circumstances rule?

Quite often, parents continue to butt heads with respect to their children far after a final custody order. Conflict between the parents can unfortunately often lead to litigation. … (Read More)

Standard Family Law Restraining Orders in a Divorce

If you have filed or been served with a Petition for Dissolution (Divorce), one of the first things you should do is read the Summons (Form FL-110) carefully. Click here to see the Summons.

The focus of this article will be the Standard Family Law Restraining Orders found on Page … (Read More)

Divorce and Your Child: Mistakes To Avoid

Divorce is hard for spouses, no matter the circumstances. But it may be even harder for your child. Children generally do not have the life experience, self-awareness, and even the emotional vocabulary to deal with the transition of living in two separate households, especially if the child has grown accustomed … (Read More)

Family Court Services Mediation

You have been noticed to appear at Family Court Services (“FCS”) mediation. A million questions are probably going through your mind. While this article may not answer all million, it will hopefully provide enough information to ease some of your concerns.

When separating or divorcing parents cannot come to an … (Read More)

What the heck is an Evidentiary Hearing?!

A significant portion of our clients came to us because they were told that their motion in Family Court was being set for an evidentiary hearing at the request of the other party or other party’s attorney. And nearly all of them have no idea what an evidentiary hearing is … (Read More)

The Wealthy Ex and An Even Playing Field

We frequently get the following scenario: a spouse wants a divorce (or has been served with divorce papers), but is fearful of an unfair playing field because their soon-to-be-ex-spouse has a lot of money to spend for their attorney.… (Read More)