First Read/Introduction

The articles that are set-out here, are in no way intended to be technical and analytic statements of the Law.  The Law is much more complicated than that which could allow for such general and simplistic answers, as do appear here.  Most people who initially contact me, have preliminary questions, or are just looking for some kind orientation to a subject —- that is, some general idea of what to expect, should they actually decide to undertake the dissolution of their Marriage; or have other very general questions about the Family Law in California. Therefore, these articles should not be relied upon as comprehensive advice on any legal point.  If you have further questions, or desire a further understanding, you should contact my office, and in the context of a particular legal question or problem.

This will be the beginning of a collection.  What initially will appear here, will be answers to questions that are regularly asked of me.   As time goes on, more will be added, as more questions are asked, and about more detail and other subjects.

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Hey, We Finally Got a Date of Separation!

Hey, We Finally Got a Date of Separation!So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night... Back in early April of 2016, we had an Article in this space, where we asked, “How Many Degrees to a Date [more]

Eye the Jury !

Eye the Jury !Despite (perhaps) the apparent punish (ing) title of this article (equally apparently written while very tired late-one-night), this will not in any way [more]

They’re Letting John Hinckley Go Free? What’s That All About?

They’re Letting John Hinckley Go Free? What’s That All About?First of all, we probably need to refresh some memory of just who isJohn Hinckley? On March 30, 1981, John Warnock Hinckley tried to assassinate Ronald [more]

There's More To Grandparents' Rights Than Meets The Eye

There's More To Grandparents' Rights Than Meets The EyeFLASH!!   The worm turns again; only this time, it’s a Grandpa Worm! Have I got your attention?  A number of times in this series of articles, it has been [more]

How Many Degrees To a Date Of Separation?

How Many Degrees To a Date Of Separation?The Date of Separation is something that has to be decided before there can be any Judgment that finally dissolves a Marriage in the State of [more]

This One's For The Children

This One's For The ChildrenThe Importance Of a "Parenting Plan" If a Court should encounter a Dissolution of Marriage Petition involving Minor Children, the Law would prefer that the [more]

Are There Limits To Your Constitutional Rights?

Are There Limits To Your Constitutional Rights?An Exceptional Concept... Our U.S. Constitution specifically includes the reservation of certain precious and fundamental rights to particular individuals and [more]

What The Heck Happened? Creating a Timeline For Your Legal Counsel

What The Heck Happened? Creating a Timeline For Your Legal CounselIf one should have a problem that could lead to a visit with a lawyer for legal advice about that problem, there would be a few important things to remember for [more]

What You Need To Know About Prenuptial Agreements

What You Need To Know About Prenuptial AgreementsWhose Stuff Is It, Anyway? With a couple of notable exceptions, California Law will presume that any property acquired by either of the spouses in a valid [more]

Crazy, Okay, but Guilty, Anyway

Crazy, Okay, but Guilty, AnywayThe History and Legal Use of the Insanity Defense In ancient times, insanity had no particular bearing on the question of criminal guilt. If one were to be [more]

King Solomon Said 'Cut 'em in Half!' The Court Says Otherwise

King Solomon Said 'Cut 'em in Half!' The Court Says OtherwiseThe Best Interests Of The Children In these days, when our courts and legislatures seem to be taking the view that the Dissolution of a Marital Relationship in [more]

He Left Without Saying Goodbye! Now What Do I Do?

He Left Without Saying Goodbye! Now What Do I Do?Can't Wait. I have bills to pay and no way to pay them! A circumstance that would be of particular concern for a Family Law Court, would be one where one party [more]

The Dissolution of a Marriage in the State of California

The Dissolution of a Marriage in the State of CaliforniaDefining definite differences in the definition of divorce. The Dissolution of a Marriage in the State of California is something that has to happen by and [more]

A Trust Is a Must

A Trust Is a MustWorking Your Way Around The Red Tape of Probate Could it be possible to avoid probate altogether, including; all the Probate Court filings and appearances; the [more]

Where There's a Will, There's a (Better) Way

Where There's a Will, There's a (Better) WayIs there a way to have your estate handled without everyone else getting an administrative "piece of the pie?" The idea of a Will is literally thousands of [more]