Blog Posts in 2014

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If Juvenile Courts are Involved, Outcomes Can Be Different than Family Courts

Jasmine M was 16 years old when she gave birth to her son JT. JT's father, Aaron S, was serving time in prison for robbery. At the time, Jasmine was a dependent of the juvenile court system, and ...
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The Role of Child Custody Evaluators

Leslie O and Thomas O were going through a divorce proceeding. They had one child, three-year old Wyatt, and they argued over child custody. Wyatt was a special needs child with developmental delays. ...
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UCCJEA: When Child Custody Is the Issue

In 1892, a group of lawyers from all the states in the United States met in Chicago to draft laws that would bring uniformity and clarity to state laws and legislation. The group continues to meet to ...
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Without More, a Presumption Doesn't Make It a Fact

Richard H and Natasha W never married but lived together off and on and had two kids together, Quentin (now age 8) and Linda (age 6). They were no longer a couple, but Richard often visited his ...
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When Reconciliation Trumps Child Support

George Vargas and Allyson Helgestad never married but from 2005 to 2009, they lived together. During that time, they had two children. In October, 2009, they separated and Allyson filed a paternity ...
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Prenuptial Agreements: Agreements to Disagree Later?

California residents Patrick Bode Dubbert ("Bo") met Walmart heiress Elizabeth Paige Laurie ("Paige") when they both attended an ACT prep course. Bo was the son of a successful ...
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Innocent Victim or Willing Participant?

Thirty-four-year-old Ricci Jones gave birth to a daughter on January 20, 1995. Nathaniel J, the child's father, was 15 years old at the time of conception. Ricci immediately filed for Aid to ...
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Very Little Can Be Enough

Frances and Dennis Burnham lived in New Jersey with their two daughters when the decided to end their marriage. Frances moved with the girls to California while Dennis remained in New Jersey and ...
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With Two Lefts, There's One Right and One Wrong

Andrea and Andrew Left married in June of 2001. Andrew was a stock trader. Andrea had been an attorney before their marriage, but stopped working permanently after she became pregnant with the first ...
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When Non-Marriage is Marriage in California

Jesus Mendoza was killed in a car accident on Valentine's Day of 2001. Greg Alan Battle was the driver of the car that hit Mendoza, and Battle's employer was Johnson & Johnson Corporation. ...
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When a Marriage Isn't a Marriage, or is it...?

Patricia married Richard in 1973 and separated from him in January, 1987 when she began dating Henry. She met Jeffrey in January of 1988, and broke up with Henry in February, 1988. At the time, ...
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Separating is in the Mind of the Separator

Sheryl and Keith Xavier Davis (known as Xavier) were married on June 12, 1993. They have two children from their marriage: a daughter born in 1995 and a son born in 1999. After the birth of their son, ...
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Some Aspects of Marital Law Are Not Negotiable

Manual and Donna Diosdado married in 1988. They separated five years later when Donna accused Manual of having an affair. They reconciled, and part of their reconciliation was to enter into an ...
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Should a Parent Spank a Child in California?

Father (F) and Mother (M) were married in Texas in 2009 when he was 16 years old and she was 18. In 2011, at the ripe old ages of 18 and 20, they had their daughter A. Shortly thereafter they moved to ...
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"When Abandonment Isn't Abandonment"

Sarah and Christopher were married in 2006. During their marriage, they had three children. They separated in July 2011, partly due to Christopher's drug and alcohol abuse, and Sarah and the ...
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How Professional Athletes Help Improve Domestic Violence Prevention Laws

On February 15, 2014, professional football player Ray Rice was video recorded knocking his girlfriend, Janay Palmer, unconscious in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On March 27, 2014, ...
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The Best Interests of the Child

In 2011, after only twenty five weeks of gestation, boy and girl twins were born to a single mother and unknown father. They had numerous medical conditions including bacterial and lung infections, ...
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Craziness Can Be Relative

Lyle and Joann Greenway were married on August 19, 1961. They had three sons from the marriage: Nick, Kurt and Lyle Jr (called "Guy"). Lyle ran a successful dental practice to provide for ...
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Oh, How the Rich Have Fallen

Frederick and Mary Kate Williamson were married in 1989 and separated in 2009. They had three children during their marriage, but at the time of separation, only their son, Hughes, was a minor. During ...
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When Not in Rome, Do as the Locals Do

When Not in Rome, Do as the Locals Do Christopher Haugh and Gabriela Haugh were married in California and had one child – a son. However, the marriage did not last, and Gabriela was awarded ...
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When Permanent is Not Permanent

When Permanent is Not Permanent When Lenore Drescher and Mark Gross were married in1987, they were both attorneys making six-figure incomes. They also had three children from that marriage, Joshua ...
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Special Needs Children and the Court System

Special Needs Children and the Court System Tammy and Raphael were married in 2003, and their daughter, M, was born the following year. On July 30, 2009, Tammy filed a petition to dissolve her ...
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Recognized Grounds For Divorce in CA

When pursuing divorce, you may not be aware of what the grounds for divorce are, or even what 'grounds for divorce' means. The word 'ground' is the same as a 'reason' for ...
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For the Safety and Well-being of Children

Cristian was born in Tucson, Arizona in June of 2006 to Angela H and Mark I. His parents never married, and Angela assumed custody of Cristian from his birth. In 2009, Mark was granted visitation ...
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The Debt that Never Ends

John and Vladixa Boswell were married and had two children together. Denise was born in 1980, and John Jr. was born in 1982. Unfortunately, the marriage was not happy, and in 1985, John and Vladixa ...
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