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The Likability Factor: How Your Lawyer's Opinion of You (and Yours of Her) Can Affect Your Divorce

Christina Pesoli | Posted 11.19.2015 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

If your lawyer doesn't like your personality, it will affect how she feels about working on your case. Rather than looking forward to working on your case, she will have to talk herself into it. Not liking you can affect her enthusiasm for the work, and how well supported you feel during the process.

False Allegations of Abuse Target Men in Divorce

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

Divorce is almost never a simple process, and the introduction of protection orders or allegations of abuse instantly increase the complexity of the case, particularly for the purported offender.

Undocumented Fertility Users

Fred Silberberg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Any unmarried person contemplating the use of these procedures with another unmarried person must consult a lawyer prior to commencing fertility procedures if they want to protect their rights to, and the rights of, their future children to a parent-child relationship.

Why Do We Divorce?

Randall M. Kessler | Posted 11.10.2015 | Divorce
Randall M. Kessler

People define happiness differently, but in the context of divorce, happiness may be as simply defined as "moving forward."

The New Battleground for Same-Sex Couples Is Equal Rights for Their Kids

The Conversation US | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
The Conversation US

Children born into same-sex families frequently are biologically related to only one parent, and the law recognizes only that one parent. The legal status of the child's relationship with her nonbiological parent varies from state to state.

Relationship Lessons From Your Navigation System

Randall M. Kessler | Posted 09.01.2015 | Divorce
Randall M. Kessler

Married people often want their spouse to be different, and to do more things the way they do. But people are different and make different choices. Some people prefer to take the highway, while others prefer backroads.

Top 10 Divorce Clichés

Randall M. Kessler | Posted 08.18.2015 | Divorce
Randall M. Kessler

As a divorce lawyer for nearly 30 years, I have heard many things said over and over. Some ring true, some are born of anger and others concisely set forth the wisdom of those who have learned how to survive this sometimes terrible process.

Is That Domestic Violence?

Fred Silberberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

People need to be educated that domestic violence is far broader than physical violence. People involved in contentious family law proceedings need to proceed cautiously and keep their emotions in check.

An Open Letter to the Little Mermaid: You're Going to Lose the Divorce

James J. Sexton | Posted 08.10.2015 | Divorce
James J. Sexton

After two decades of marriage to Prince Eric, you've decided you want to divorce him. However, the facts of your life together may make it difficult for you to get what you feel you deserve, in terms of division of marital assets.

When Divorcing, Beware of Meddlers!

Mark Baer | Posted 07.28.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I was recently contacted to potentially mediate a litigated divorce matter prior to trial, which is rapidly approaching. My name had been included on a list from the attorneys, along with two other mediators.

Moms and Stepmoms: Making the Relationship Successful

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

We get a lot of raised eyebrows when we show up at events together. We are often commended by school teachers and doctors for showing up at parent teacher conferences and medical appointments together.

Who Has the Right to Be a Parent?

Fred Silberberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

What happens when there is a dispute between the parties who used fertility to create a child? What happens to the embryos that are cryogenically preserved when the parties have a dispute as to whether they can be implanted, or the prospective parents separate?

6 Ways Your Divorce Is Harder Than It Needs to Be

Krista Barth | Posted 06.29.2015 | Divorce
Krista Barth

Divorce is generally unpleasant. Oh sure, we all have that friend who sails through it with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, never exhibiting an outward moment of hesitation as they move through the divorce with an almost unicorn-like dignity and grace.

Uncomplicating Same-Sex Marriage Law

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Margaret Ryznar

Same-sex marriage is now guaranteed across the country, 12 years after Massachusetts became the first state to permit same-sex marriage.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Final Part

Mark Baer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Since this is the final article in this series, I am finally going to share the answer I gave the attorney colleague of mine who asked me the following question: "Any thoughts on how to make money as a family lawyer when you're not prepared to screw the other side?"

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part VI

Mark Baer | Posted 06.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

A great many of my family law attorney colleagues believe that mediation only works under such narrow circumstances, that almost no cases are appropriately suitable for it. They believe that mediation is only effective in family law cases under the following circumstances.

Real Alimony Reform

Fred Silberberg | Posted 06.15.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Those who follow me on Huffington Post and elsewhere are aware that I am an advocate for the reform of laws concerning alimony or spousal support. I ...

How to Create Your Own Unique Marital Plan

Vicki Larson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Weddings
Vicki Larson

Wouldn't you feel better committing to all those years together if you had a way to measure your marriage's success by something other than longevity -- the only way we currently consider a marriage successful?

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part V

Mark Baer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I'm going to say it over and over and over again until my last breath -- "Mediation" that is handled as a "settlement conference," but with a "mediator" rather than a judicial officer is not mediation.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence in the Digital Age

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

The greatest lifeline available is a strong support network of friends and family who can provide shelter and care. If access to cell phones and the vital contacts they contain is cut off, this support system is weakened. It is crucial that we give victims a way communicate with their loved ones to maintain a degree of normalcy in their lives.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Part II of this series ended with the following question from an attorney colleague on the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part II

Mark Baer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Except for the years I was in Juvenile Dependency court, where mediation was available for each case set for trial (but not presently, because that court system does not now have the funds to do so), I can count on the fingers of one hand the times when opposing counsel suggested mediation.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part I

Mark Baer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On April 23, 2015, I read an article titled "Solid negotiation skills crucial for family lawyers," which I felt was an important read for both the public and my colleagues. I therefore shared the article over the social media and with the members of the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.