31Jul

FAQ: Child Custody and Relocation Cases – What factors will the court assess?

By Matt Purcell / July 31, 2018 / Children, Divorce, FAQ / No Comments

Child custody lawyer Matt Purcell discusses common client confusion around relocation cases and how the court will consider situations where one divorced parent wants or needs to move away from the other co-parent. This is part 3 in the series.

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1Jun

FAQ: Child Custody and Relocation Cases – Why can’t I just move away?

By Matt Purcell / June 1, 2018 / Children, Divorce, FAQ / No Comments

Child custody lawyer Matt Purcell discusses common client confusion around relocation cases and how the court will consider situations where one divorced parent wants or needs to move away from the other co-parent. This is part 2 in the series.

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3Apr

FAQ: Child Custody and Relocation Cases – How far can I move?

By Matt Purcell / April 3, 2018 / Children, Divorce, FAQ / No Comments

Child custody lawyer Matt Purcell discusses common client confusion around relocation cases and how the court will consider situations where one divorced parent wants or needs to move away from the other co-parent.

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20Dec

California Prop. 64 and Child Custody Orders: What’s the Buzz?

By Keeley Nickelson / December 20, 2017 / Children, Family Law, FAQ / No Comments

Does the legalization of recreational marijuana affect my child custody orders? My co-parent gets high sometimes. When the clock strikes midnight in California this new year, hundreds of new laws will go into effect. A big one for 2018 is the legalization of recreational marijuana use. If you hav...

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13Dec

Video / At what age can a child of divorce choose where to live?

By Forester Purcell / December 13, 2017 / Children, FAQ, Videos / No Comments

Attorney Matt Purcell explains the simple answer to this common question. Watch our conversation with FPS attorney Matt Purcell to learn the simple answer to the common question “When can my kid decide which parent she lives with?” While the answer is simple, the implications are comp...

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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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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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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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