Blog Posts in 2016

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New CA Laws Affecting Families

Effective January 1, 2017 (unless otherwise noted), California has some new laws going in to effect that help to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. Criminal Laws Publishing the ...
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Domestic Partnership vs. Marriage in California

In California, a registered domestic partnership [RDP] allows each partner all the rights, benefits and obligations as partners in a valid California marriage. However, there are many differences ...
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A Case for Denying Child Visitation

Son (S) was seven years old when his mother (M) died and he began living with his father (F). However, it wasn’t until four years later that an anonymous phone caller informed Social Services ...
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The Law Offices of Makupson & Howard Named Top Attorneys in Pasadena Magazine

The Law Offices of Makupson & Howard will be featured in this month’s edition of Pasadena Magazine as Top Attorneys of 2016. This year’s honorees include Attorneys Kristen Howard, ...
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The Rich are Different from Us

Mother [M] and Father [F] were never married, but in 2001, they had a daughter [D] together. M and F never lived together, and D had always lived with M in Pacific Palisades, California – a very ...
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Free and Low-Cost Legal Help

Many people need legal help, but they are unable to afford it. There are many organizations and agencies that might be of assistance. Some of them are: Legal Aid Agencies and Other Non-Profit Groups ...
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Self-Help with the California Legal System

The legal system can be a very difficult process for the average person to navigate. Lawyers spend years in school learning how to navigate the system! However, California’s legislature has ...
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She Only Uses Meth to do Yard Work

Law enforcement officers in Del Norte County California found mushrooms, meth pipes, marijuana paraphernalia, concentrated cannabis, brass knuckles and butterfly knives during a valid search of ...
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A Veteran's Tale

Persian Gulf Wars. After twenty years, he retired honorably and began receiving his military pension. In 1974, while continuing his career as a sailor, he married J. They remained married until 2003, ...
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What's in a Name?

Mother and Father shared a romantic relationship for many years and never married, but had two children together, a son C (age 12) and a daughter J (age 6). Sadly, by 2014, their romantic relationship ...
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The Court Determines Visitation, Not the Child

K was born in October of 2004 and lived with his mother and her boyfriend. K had no contact with his biological father. In fact, according to K’s mother, she and K had had no contact with his ...
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Breaking Up Brangelina Part III

On September 19, 2016, Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie petitioned for divorce from actor Brand Pitt. California law states that Pitt had until October 19, 2016 to respond to Jolie’s ...
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When There is Enough "Abandonment" for Adoption

In 2005, M and S began a romantic relationship and then lived together off-and-on for four and one half years. However, during that time, S abused drugs and alcohol. At one point during their time ...
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Defining a Dating Relationship for Violence Protection Purposes

Jane is a professional cyclist. She met John while she was touring, and they became friends. They spent time together, went out to dinner occasionally, and affectionately hugged each other. They had ...
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Breaking Up Brangelina Part II

As of September 30, 2016, there is no record that Brad Pitt has filed his response to Angelina Jolie’s Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. However, according to The Los Angeles Times, TMZ and ...
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Breaking Up Brangelina California Style

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are American actors and superstar-celebrities in their own right. Both are known world-wide for their acting as well as their international humanitarian causes. In 2002, ...
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What to Do About Marital Financial Cheating

Discovering a spouse has been financially cheating in a marriage can cause numerous ill feelings including anger, guilt, fear, betrayal, embarrassment and helplessness. Letting your spouse know how ...
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Is Your Spouse Financially Cheating on You?

According to Forbes Magazine, "…over half of all [financially cheating spouses] admitted hiding cash (58%) or minor purchases (54%). Of the offenders, 30% have hidden a bill, 16% have ...
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Why Child Custody Would Not Be Changed

On November 12, 2012, the Los Angeles Police Department received numerous calls from private individuals concerned about the welfare of a baby in the park. A woman (Mother) was holding the baby (Son), ...
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Sometimes Judges' Opinions Can Differ Legally

L was born in 2009. Her parents never married, and both were members of the military. Less than a year after she was born, Father left the military and moved into Mother’s home in the San ...
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Family Law Facilitator

A family law facilitator helps people representing themselves in legal situations regarding child support, spousal support and/or health insurance issues. In Los Angeles County, the Office of Family ...
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Courtroom Demeanor: How to Behave in Court

Now that you’ve got your court appearance date and you’ve learned what to wear (and what NOT to wear) for the appearance, next up is how to behave when you are actually in the courtroom. ...
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What to Wear to Court

Last week, we talked about what NOT to wear to court, so this week is about what you SHOULD wear to court. Let’s begin with basic hygiene… Two weeks before your court date: Get a haircut ...
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How NOT to Dress for Court Appearances

Although most of family law procedures are handled outside of the courtroom, there are times when court appearances may become necessary. When they are, dressing appropriately can make a big ...
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Summary Dissolution: A California "Quickie" Divorce

California has a no-fault divorce system with many laws and procedures to make divorce a fair process for both spouses ending their marriage. The system can become very complicated, however, when ...
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