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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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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11Jun

Misconceptions Surrounding Prenuptial Agreements

While Prenup Misconceptions Abound, Reality Offers Guiding Light Prenuptial agreements get a bad rap. For whatever reason (celebrity drama, movie plotlines, click-bait headlines), prenups have garnered a reputation for destroying the very bedrock of the bond between two people. The seemingly dest...

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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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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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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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