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Parental Rights and Incorrigible Children

In El Salvador, F married his first wife and had a daughter [D]. They divorced, and F moved to the United States. He remarried and had four children with his current wife S. When D was 11 years old, ...
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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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A Visitation Rights Win for Grandparents

Baby girl R was born to M and B in 2004. Present at the time were M’s parents, J and C. Shortly after R’s birth, J retired from his job and became R’s primary caregiver. At M’s ...
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An Instance of Termination of Parental Rights

In January of 2015, Mother was arrested for credit card fraud and child endangerment. Her home was found to be in a deplorable condition and unsafe for her Son, age two years old. Because of the ...
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Biology Doesn't Always Change Legal Father Status

Mother (known as “JB”) and Michael were married in 2011. They lived together until Michael, a U.S. soldier, was deployed to the Persian Gulf in August of 2013. In April of 2014, Michael ...
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Paternity Issues in California

In California, paternity of a child is a legal issue in determining the rights and obligations of children and their legal fathers. When a man is married to the mother at the time of the child’s ...
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Sometimes It's Not the Parent's Fault

In 1996, Lisa E. gave birth to her daughter R.T. As a single mother, Lisa tried to raise her child to be a good person. However, by the time R.T. was 14 years old, she was considered “out of ...
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First Choice: Joint Physical and Legal Child Custody

According to the website TMZ, actress and former child star Hillary Duff filed for divorce from her husband former Canadian hockey player Michael “Mike” Comrie. In her reason for the ...
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When the Act of Rape Continues

Contrary to the opinion of former United States Congressman Todd Aiken and others, women can and do get pregnant from being raped. In fact, an estimated 30,000 women become pregnant from rape every ...
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When a Custodial Parent Interferes with Visitation Rights

The state of California makes very clear the importance of a child’s continuous interactions with both parents. It recommends joint custody as the preferred form of custody, unless other ...
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Grandparents' Rights in California

Up until about 40 years ago, grandparents had no specific legal rights to interactions with their grandchildren. Those rights belonged solely to the children's parents or legal guardians. That all ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Self Management in Divorce

One of the most challenging aspects of family law cases is managing our clients' emotions during the course of their dissolution. Whether the issue is child custody, child support, spousal ...
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Grandparents Aren't the Boss of You!

Grandparents Aren't the Boss of You! Brad Troxel and Tommie Granville, two Washington state residents, had a romantic relationship in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their two daughters, Isabelle ...
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How To Pursue Modifications to Custody Orders in California

The terms placed in a custody order may be functional and appropriate at the time of the final decision. It is understandable; however, that things change and parents may want to pursue a change to ...
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