Common Errors in Business Valuations

 Business valuations are prepared by a variety of professionals, including business appraisers, brokers, financial analysts, certified public accountants, and economists. There are quite a few common errors made in business valuations during divorce proceedings. All...

The Angry Ex

 In nearly 20 years of practicing family law, the amount of venom and anger that lasts long after a divorce is over can be staggering. It’s sad and pathetic and most importantly, it is damaging to the children of the marriage. Despite attempts to shield your children...

Three Divorce Realities

Many well-intentioned people tend to give you lots of financial and strategic “advice” when going thru your divorce or separation. Unfortunately, the pearls of wisdom that are offered by friends or family are usually based on myth and not reality. Here are three...

Three Divorce Realities

Many well-intentioned people tend to give you lots of financial and strategic “advice” when going thru your divorce or separation. Unfortunately, the pearls of wisdom that are offered by friends or family are usually based on myth and not reality. Here are three...

Living Together and Common Law Marriage

 Many people who come to see me usually tell me “Well, we have been married for 10 years, but we lived together for 10 years before that, so its 20 years”. Not so fast. Common Law marriages, where spouses live together and act as if they are husband and wife do not...

Oh Yeah?! Well I am taking you Back to Court!

 Hopefully your divorce has been finalized for some time before you ever hear the phrase “I am taking you back to court.” If you had a good lawyer who made going to court very unpleasant for that person the first time during the underlying divorce case, it is unlikely...

Four Insurance Policies Every Divorced Woman Needs

 1. Life insurance on a spouse who is still paying child support or alimony. This is the most critical! If you are receiving child support or alimony rom your ex, you need to guarantee those payments continue. If your ex dies, he will obviously no longer be earning...

Help! I’m Divorcing a Narcissist!

Divorcing a narcissist is the most expensive, painful and prolonged divorce one can endure. It takes forever to get through the court system with these people, and even when you do, you have to force their compliance with court orders with more court intervention and...

Before you Say I Don’t, Please Do…

 Saying “I don’t” is a hard decision to make. Maybe something just happened or maybe it’s been years in the making.  Before filing for divorce or separation, there are some steps you should take to make sure you are ready for the impending battle. Note: Not every case...

Three Divorce Realities

Many well-intentioned people tend to give you lots of financial and strategic “advice” when going thru your divorce or separation. Unfortunately the pearls of wisdom that are offered by friends or family are usually based on myth and not reality. Here are three simple...

Three Divorce Realities

 Many well-intentioned people tend to give you lots of financial and strategic “advice” when going thru your divorce or separation. Unfortunately the pearls of wisdom that are offered by friends or family are usually based on myth and not reality. Here are three...

Five Steps to Spring Cleaning for your Divorce

Spring is in the air.  It’s almost that time to dust away the dampness and cold and get ready for the warmth of Southern California sunshine. If you are gearing up to say, “I don’t” sometime in the next couple months, you need to be prepared. And your spring cleaning...

Tax Reform

 The tax reform bill currently making its way through the U.S Congress could have potentially seismic effects on California family law. The current proposed changes to the tax code shift spousal support tax responsibility. If passed, spousal support payments may no...

Signs a Divorce Filing May be Forthcoming

 The New Year usually brings upon some reflection of the past and the future. Customarily, January and February of each year are often the busiest times for family law attorneys. Spouses decide they need a fresh start and what a better time than the New Year. There...

Oh Yeah?! Well I am Taking you Back to Court!

 Hopefully your divorce has been finalized for some time before you ever hear the phrase “I am taking you back to court.” If you had a good lawyer who made going to court very unpleasant for that person the first time during the underlying divorce case, it is unlikely...

Four Insurance Policies Every Divorced Woman Needs

 1. Life insurance on a spouse who is still paying child support or alimony. This is the most critical! If you are receiving child support or alimony rom your ex, you need to guarantee those payments continue. If your ex dies, he will obviously no longer be earning...

Nice Guys finish last in Divorce Court

There is an old saying that “nice guys finish last”.  I don’t agree with that statement. Nice guys are wonderful husbands, and fathers and friends. They are the first to help you in need and will come bail you out at 2 a.m.  They coach their kid’s baseball teams, go...

Help! I’m Divorcing a Narcissist!

 Divorcing a narcissist is the most expensive, painful and prolonged divorce one can endure. It takes forever to get through the court system with these people, and even when you do, you have to force their compliance with court orders with more court intervention and...

Before you Say I Don’t, Please Do…

 Saying “I don’t” is a hard decision to make. Maybe something just happened or maybe it’s been years in the making.  Before filing for divorce or separation, there are some steps you should take to make sure you are ready for the impending battle. Note: Not every case...

The Angry Ex

In nearly 20 years of practicing family law, the amount of venom and anger that lasts long after a divorce is over can be staggering. It’s sad & pathetic and most importantly, it is damaging to the children of the marriage. Despite attempts to shield your...

Three Divorce Realities

 Many well-intentioned people tend to give you lots of financial and strategic “advice” when going thru your divorce or separation. Unfortunately the pearls of wisdom that are offered by friends or family are usually based on myth and not reality. Here are three...

Monetary Damages for Victims of Domestic Violence

 If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is possible to sue your abuser for monetary damages for your injuries in civil court. Tort law provides civil legal remedies for people who are injured in some way by another. Since domestic abuse is a form of injury, a...

Five Steps to Spring Cleaning for your Divorce

Spring is in the air.  It’s almost that time to dust away the dampness and cold and get ready for the warmth of Southern California sunshine. If you are gearing up to say, “I don’t” sometime in the next couple months, you need to be prepared. And your spring cleaning...

To Err is Human, to Inform yourself is… Smart

 There are many mistakes unsophisticated attorneys make while negotiating a divorce settlement. Avoiding these mistakes will help you move forward without difficulty: 1. Ignoring or underestimating your expenses. Most people know exactly what they earn each month, but...

Monetary Damages for Victims of Domestic Violence

 If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is possible to sue your abuser for monetary damages for your injuries in civil court. Tort law provides civil legal remedies for people who are injured in some way by another. Since domestic abuse is a form of injury, a...

Oh Yeah?! Well I am taking you Back to Court!

Hopefully your divorce has been finalized for some time before you ever hear the phrase “I am taking you back to court.” If you had a good lawyer who made going to court very unpleasant for that person the first time during the underlying divorce case, it is unlikely...

Letting Go Through Divorce

 Disney’s animated picture Frozen depicts the heroine Elsa singing “Let it Go”. If you are going to successfully navigate your divorce, you need to let things go as well. Here is a good place to start: (1). Let go of people who don’t support you. When you go through...

Nice Guys Finish Last in Divorce Court

There is an old saying that “nice guys finish last”.  I don’t agree with that statement.  Nice guys are wonderful husbands, and fathers and friends. They are the first to help you in need and will come bail you out at 2 a.m.  They coach their kid’s baseball teams, go...

Help! I’m Divorcing a Narcissist!

 Divorcing a narcissist is the most expensive, painful and prolonged divorce one can endure. It takes forever to get through the court system with these people, and even when you do, you have to force their compliance with court orders with more court intervention and...

Adulting: Divorce Edition

 Going through a divorce can make you want to scream and pull your hair out. But this is not the time to throw a tantrum. Successful navigation through your divorce requires a lot of “adulting”. So here are some attorney approved pointers for properly adulting through...

The Angry Ex

In nearly 20 years of practicing family law, the amount of venom and anger that lasts long after a divorce is over can be staggering. It’s sad and pathetic and most importantly, it is damaging to the children of the marriage. Despite attempts to shield your children...

What is a QDRO?

 A QDRO is a special type of court order that divides certain retirement plan benefits in a divorce. A QDRO is issued in addition to a final judgment granting your divorce. It contains specific directions to the retirement plan administrator regarding how the plan...

The “Secret” To Your Child Custody Case

 In high conflict, hotly contested child custody and visitation cases, Courts will often appoint mental health professionals to assist with the case or to conduct a child custody evaluation or psychological evaluation pursuant to California Evidence Code Section 730....

90-Day Divorce

 You wanted to file for divorce or separation in October, but it was Halloween time for your children. Then, in November, who could sit at the Thanksgiving table knowing a Petition had been filed or served? Then came Hanukkah and Christmas and well, you couldn’t file...

Happy New Year!

 If your case is still ongoing and entering into another year, you are not alone. Many people spend one to three years litigating their cases if they do not have the right attorney. That is one to three years of time, money, and emotional energy that could possibly be...

Ways to Help Your Children During Divorce

 Many clients and mediation participants ask me how they can best help their children cope with a divorce. Here is short list: 1. Purchase books to help you explain what is happening. My personal favorites are Dinosaur Divorce by Laurence Brown and Marc Brown; My Two...

Oh Yeah?! Well I am taking you Back to Court!

Hopefully your divorce has been finalized for some time before you ever hear the phrase “I am taking you back to court.” If you had a good lawyer who made going to court very unpleasant for that person the first time during the underlying divorce case, it is unlikely...

Letting Go Through Divorce

Disney’s animated picture Frozen depicts the heroine Elsa singing “Let it Go”. If you are going to successfully navigate your divorce, you need to let things go as well. Here is a good place to start: (1). Let go of people who don’t support you. When you go through...