But That’s Not Fair!

As a family law attorney, I frequently hear this from people the first time they walk into my office. The first thing I tell them is that people who spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not something is “fair” tend to have difficulties while going through a...

Appeal Of A Family Law Case

 Everyone has the right to appeal. Keep in mind that about 98% of all cases settle at some point. A small percentage of cases do go to trial, and a percentage of those cases will be appealed. Family law cases are different than civil appeals because in family law...

Long-Term Care Facilities

]When a loved one enters a long-term care facility, it is often a very difficult time. Maybe there was a catastrophic medical event, such as a stroke. Or perhaps the care needs of an Alzheimer’s victim can no longer be managed in the home. Whatever the circumstances,...

Who Gets Spousal Support?

 The answer is relatively simple: Spouses! However, it is more complex than that, especially if the question is: can YOU receive spousal support?  Spousal support depends on many factors including, the length of the marriage, and how much each spouse earns. Length of...

The Long Distance Parent

It’s never easy being a parent. We constantly struggle, wondering if we’re doing the best we can for our kids. It’s so much pressure knowing that you only get a short window of time to prepare them to become responsible, healthy, and emotionally balanced adults. For...

The Importance of Pets

 Pets fill a special place in our lives and hearts. They have made great comrades through adolescence, marriages, and raising children. They have provided comfort when our nests have emptied and support through loss and illness. There is nothing quite like the sound...

The Danger of Doing Nothing

 My kids and I were sitting around a week or so ago and one of them proposed that we play a game.  The game is each person asks a question to everyone else in the room and the person asking the question has to answer it also.  It was just the three of us.  My oldest...

Alzheimer’s Prevention

I have been following the groundbreaking research regarding Alzheimer’s prevention as it unfolds. There are several neurologists/researchers who will go down in history as heroes. These heroes are spreading the word about Alzheimer’s prevention, despite the lack of...

A Day of Celebration

 Oakmont Senior Living celebrated their newest community, Oakmont of Valencia, with a grand opening event on Saturday, July 13. Oakmont of Valencia, led by Oakmont Senior Living veteran Margie Veis, is a two-story, 85,000-square-foot resort-style senior living...

What to Do Before You File

For many families, summer is the beginning of new adventures. However, the summer break is also a preferred time to initiate divorce or other family law proceedings as parents can begin the process with a lesser impact on educational or afterschool schedules for their...

What is Living Separate Verses Apart?

 The Date of Separation in a dissolution of marriage action can have a financial impact on the parties. The Family Code states that the “earnings and accumulations of a spouse and the minor children living with, or in the custody of the spouse, while living separate...

Why You Need an Attorney

 Getting married is easy.  Get a marriage license.  Have a ceremony.  Even a ceremony conducted by an Elvis impersonator at a Las Vegas wedding chapel at two o’clock in the morning will do. You’re married. Just like that. Getting divorced… not so easy.  What may...

The Patty Smythe Stink Eye

 This is my first “new article” since the “Tahiti” one.  I apologize for that. The 80’s in retrospect, was an incredible time.  Especially for music.  One of my favorite female singers, Scandel’s Patty Smythe (I am The Warrior), not to be confused with Patty Smith...

You Grow Old Because You Stop Playing

 There’s a saying that goes: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.” How often have you heard a friend, colleague, or family member respond with, “I can’t do that, I’m too old!” Now, very important, before I continue, I...

It’s the Principle!

 How much is principle worth to you? At one point or another, couples going through a divorce or separation will find themselves arguing an issue over the principle of a situation. Sometimes the issue itself is not the problem, but how a person feels about the way the...

What A Trust Can Do For You

 There are many different kinds of Trusts, and each serves a different purpose. Trusts are not “one-size-fits-all” documents. The appropriate type of Trust should be selected and designed only with the assistance of an experienced Elder Law/Estate Planning Attorney....

Heart-Healthy Foods

 It is critical seniors consume healthy foods and snacks that promote good health. A doctor should be consulted before making any diet changes, 1. Berries and grapes: While blueberries are a number one choice because they contain high levels of antioxidants, other...

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 Spring break may have brought you a fun vacation or possibly a nice, relaxing stay-cation. For those divorcees or those going through a divorce, it can also bring tension and custody issues; turning family fun into a custody battle. If you are experiencing a...