14Feb

The Importance of Self-Care During Divorce

By Purcell Stowell / February 14, 2018 / Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

Today we bring you words from the heart, in the spirit of self-love. Read on for our thoughts on self-care during divorce.   NEIL FORESTER My clients often remark that not knowing what the future holds for their post-divorce life is one of the most stressful parts of the process. I say fight...

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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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11Dec

Quick Takes: Holiday Bonuses and Other Extra Income – Impact on Child/Spousal Support

By Purcell Stowell / December 11, 2017 / Children, Divorce, Family Law, FAQ / No Comments

Getting a holiday bonus? Understand what constitutes “income” for determining child and spousal support. With the holidays approaching and the year coming to a close, some divorced parents are looking forward to a year-end bonus. Whether the check will purchase necessities or provide ...

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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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19Apr

DVTROs: Knowledge of the Process is Power

By Purcell Stowell / 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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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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10Jan

Recognizing Stalking vs. Legal Use of Private Investigators During Divorce

By Purcell Stowell / 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 Purcell Stowell / 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 Purcell Stowell / 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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