15Aug

California Child Custody Cases: Sanchez Ruling Affects Use of Experts, Evaluators, and Evidence

By Keeley Nickelson / August 15, 2017 / Children, Family Law / No Comments

People v. Sanchez: New Ruling Affects Use of Experts / Custody Evaluators and the Rules of Evidence in Family Court In custody cases, attorneys frequently use child custody evaluators to provide professional opinions and recommendations. Evaluators prepare a report that is submitted to the court ...

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27Jul

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story

By Forester Purcell / July 27, 2017 / Children, Firm News / No Comments

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story We are beyond thrilled to congratulate our clients Robyé and Matthew on the adoption of their daughter, Mia. FPS attorney Matt Purcell and senior paralegal Dorinda Gregory began working with the couple last year, after traditional rout...

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29Mar

The Costly Myth of the “730 Evaluation” in Child Custody Proceedings

By Matt Purcell / March 29, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Money and time could be wasted when a “730 evaluation” is ordered — but not defined — during child custody proceedings. What is a “730 evaluation?” It is a common misinterpretation of the law that plagues not just ill-informed parties but also attorneys and judicial office...

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26Feb

When and Why You May Need a “Court-Ordered” Paternity Test

By Matt Purcell / February 26, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Under the California Family Code, the only results that count when it comes to a paternity test are of the “court-ordered” variety. Myriad daytime television talk shows have made great drama out of paternity tests. I caught one the other day (on happenstance, while sick in bed) and it got me thin...

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22Dec

Which Path is for You? Collaborative Divorce, Mediation or Traditional Litigation

By Forester Purcell / December 22, 2016 / Children, Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Understand the risks and rewards of mediation and collaborative divorce options; protect against dead ends. Divorce and custody litigation can be extraordinarily unpleasant. For some, family law cases are expensive, time consuming, inefficient and unpredictable. Alternatives like mediation and “c...

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15Dec

Around the Web: Divorced Child’s Bill of Rights

By Forester Purcell / December 15, 2016 / Children, Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Around the Web: Children’s Bill of Rights for Divorced Parents On this day in 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt designated Bill of Rights Day by presidential proclamation. In a nod toward Bill of Rights author James Madison, we’ve gathered a few articles that outline the rights our children...

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29Nov

Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC): Be clear on the goal.

By Matt Purcell / November 29, 2016 / Children, Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Understanding CCRC in “Recommending” California Counties It is imperative that a parent understand the goal of Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC), before taking part in it. California mandates that parents attend CCRC prior to the court making any orders when either parent seeks custody...

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31Oct

Deep Thoughts on Divorcing (or Not Divorcing) During the Holiday Season

By Forester Purcell / October 31, 2016 / Children, Divorce, Family Law, FAQ, Resources, Split Decisions Radio / No Comments

Issues surrounding divorce and separation understandably intensify during the holiday season. The attorneys at FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC offer advice on situations you or a loved one may be facing.   How do I rethink my plans and expectations about divorce during the holidays?   NEIL ...

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24Oct

The Realities of “Parental Alienation” and Family Court

“Parental Alienation” is not a magic phrase in custody cases. Many a client have come to me with misinformation about the relationship between “Parental Alienation” and Family Court. Parents proclaim those words and expect them to somehow work magic, like custody’s own “abracadabra al...

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9Oct

FAQ: How do DVTROs affect temporary child or spousal support?

FAQ: How do DVTROs affect temporary child or spousal support in domestic violence situations? While child and spousal support are “normally” received after one party initiates divorce or legal separation proceedings, it is rarely discussed that a party can receive support even before such proceed...

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