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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10Jan

Recognizing Stalking vs. Legal Use of Private Investigators During Divorce

By Jenny Bain / January 10, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

Two divorce cases introduce the difference between criminal stalking and legally acceptable information gathering. It’s January, a common time of year when many relationships see one or both partners questioning whether they should remain together. One partner may have discovered damaging informa...

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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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12Dec

Survival Tips for Your Day in Divorce Court

By Michelle Stowell / December 12, 2016 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

Take these courtroom survival tips to heart and make the most of your day in front of the family law judge. Going to court is rarely easy — including for attorneys.  You can help the case proceed as smoothly as possible with these courtroom survival tips: Arrive at least 15 minutes early to court...

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6Dec

The Media and Divorce: Glorification of a Stereotype

By Neil Forester / December 6, 2016 / Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Beware of media stereotypes that create false expectations about the divorce process and divorce lawyers. The divorce process — and the attorneys involved in that process — is a frequent target for media attention. Whether through parody (think War of the Roses from way back, or the current HBO s...

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