15Oct

Quick Takes: Holiday Planning and Divorce

By Forester Purcell / October 15, 2017 / Children, Divorce, FAQ / No Comments

Whether you’re in a blended, separated, recently divorced, or single-parent family, it’s never too early to plan for the holidays. The divorce lawyers at FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC offer some reminders to help you make the most of the seasons.   NEIL FORESTER For those going thr...

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22Aug

Quick Takes: Child Support Misperceptions and Tips

By Forester Purcell / August 22, 2017 / Children, Divorce, Family Law, FAQ, Resources / No Comments

August is Child Support Awareness Month. The attorneys at FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC offer sound bites on some often misunderstood aspects of the system.   NEIL FORESTER The amount of monthly child support ordered by a court is often not the only child support that must be paid. In two spec...

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30May

Quick Takes: What should I look for when hiring a divorce lawyer?

By Neil Forester / May 30, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, FAQ / No Comments

Neil Forester on “Hiring a Divorce Lawyer” We asked Certified Family Law Specialist NEIL FORESTER for his Quick Take on what to look for when hiring a divorce lawyer.   Take your time. “If you’re just starting to look for a divorce lawyer, my biggest piece of advice is: tak...

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19Apr

DVTROs: Knowledge of the Process is Power

By Jenny Bain / April 19, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

“You should file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) to protect yourself.” Victims of domestic violence — which is a broad category for numerous types of behavior not limited to physical or verbal assault  — often hear this advice from friends and family who mean well. And while DVRO app...

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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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20Mar

A “Consulting Attorney” Can Bring Balance to Divorce Mediation

By Neil Forester / March 20, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

If a divorce mediation is characterized by a power imbalance (financial or emotional), parties should be cautious in deciding how to proceed. A separate consulting attorney can level the playing field for the disadvantaged spouse. I don’t think I’m blazing a new trail in saying that divorce is ha...

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13Mar

Help Me… Help You: 3 Keys to Help Your Family Law Attorney Manage Your Case

By Michelle Stowell / March 13, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

Consider a frank conversation with your attorney as to how you can best help them manage your case. Hiring an attorney is expensive. Clients want to get the most value for their dollar. Similarly, attorneys want to present their client’s case in the most effective way possible. We want to get you...

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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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20Feb

Understanding Pre- and Post-Judgment Spousal Support in Dual Income Marriages

By Neil Forester / February 20, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Post-judgment spousal support is a tricky area for dual income marriages. Not every single divorce case involves a stay at home parent and a working parent. In many cases, both parties are working, and not everybody has children. And in dual income cases like this – whether I represent the higher...

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13Feb

Case Strategy Includes Evaluating the Family Court Judge

By Neil Forester / February 13, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

For divorce lawyers, accurately predicting how a judge will evaluate a legal position comes with deep courtroom experience. Stepping foot into a family courtroom is a risky proposition. However comfortable we are with the facts of our client’s case, and with the legal theories we want to argue, w...

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