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Guns and Small Children Do Not Mix Well

On February 9, 2017, Father [F] was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm in public. Twelve days later, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services [DCFS] received an anonymous tip ...
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Old Violence vs Current Violence

In May, of 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services [DCFS] received a referral alleging emotional and physical abuse by Father [F] and general neglect by Mother [M]. At the time, ...
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When Foreign Decrees of Support are Recognized in California

Father [F] met Mother [M] while he was solider in the United States Air Force and stationed in Italy. M is an Italian citizen and lived in Italy when she met F. They married in September of 2007, and ...
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Child Custody and Active Military Parents

F and M are both in the United States Air Force. They married and had two sons. In 2013, while both were deployed to South Carolina, they ended their marriage. The court awarded both parents joint ...
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I Want to Live with This Parent Not That One

In California, when couples divorce with minor children, child custody is always an issue. Where should the children live? Should the children live half the time with one parent and then half the time ...
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Do I Get a Free Attorney for Juvenile Court?

Son [S] was born in 2006, the ninth child of Mother [M]. All of S’s siblings had been involved in juvenile court proceedings, and some had been adopted. At birth, S was placed in foster care, ...
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Delusion May Not be Enough for Removal of Child

Mother [M] lived in Connecticut with her husband and three children. They adopted two other children – her niece and nephew. The marriage was happy mostly due to M’s mental health ...
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A Juvenile Detention Warning is Not a Permanent Court Order

In January of 2016, Mother [M] married Step Father [SF]. She had a son [S] from a previous relationship, but S’s father was not in the picture. M was aware before she married SF that he had ...
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Great-Grandparents May Be Great but Not for Child Visitation Rights

E and Y are the paternal great grandparents of S and D. F is the F of S and D and also the grandson of E and Y. M is the mother of S and D and the former wife of F. Sadly, the marriage of M and D was ...
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Poor Mental Health Can Result in Lost Custody

Mother (M) and Father (F) never married, but had two children together Son (S) in 2007 and Daughter (D) in 2008. M and F permanently separated in 2010, and M retained full custody of the children. M ...
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When California Has Jurisdiction over Mexican Citizens

Mother (M) was an American citizen living in Mexico with her two sons AC (age 6) and EC (age 15 months). Both of her sons were born in Mexico, thus Mexican citizens. M never disclosed the name of the ...
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Deportation Can Affect Child Reunification Efforts

Father (F) and Mother (M) are the parents of three children who were living in San Diego County, California. In November of 2011, F was arrested for domestic violence and deported to Mexico. After ...
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But I Only Drove Drunk Once!

Mother (M) and Father (F) are the parents of two children, Daughter (D) and Son (S). In July of 2015, at about 2:30a.m., a California Highway patrol officer noticed a car being driven erratically on ...
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Selling Methamphetamine Doesn't Make Me a Bad Dad

Brother [B] (age six months) and sister [S] (age four years), lived with their unmarried mother [M] and father [F] in Los Angeles County. M was a school teacher. F was a licensed security guard, but ...
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What's Next After Filing for Divorce

The California Family Code and the state’s legislature define dissolution, legal separation and nullity proceedings as non-adversarial, because they are no-fault actions. In other words, there ...
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No Reunification for You!

According to a detention report filed by the Contra Costa County Children and family Services Bureau (Bureau) 12-year-old Brother (B) and 11-year-old Sister (S) lived with their mother (M) in their ...
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Third Parent Status Denied

Mother and Z were married and had two children together: Minor 1 (born 2009) and Minor 2 (born 2010). The parents separated and filed for divorce in 2014, but the divorce was never finalized. Z moved ...
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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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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 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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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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Hawaii's Law to Deprive Rapists of Parental Rights

In California, under Family Code Section 3030(b), no person shall be granted custody of or visitation of a child, if that person has been convicted of rape and the child was conceived as a result of ...
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Supervised Child Visitation in California

According to California law, it is in a child’s best interest to have continuing contact with each parent throughout his or her childhood, unless there is an overriding reason to prevent or ...
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