Family Code (FC) Section 6345 (a): In the discretion of the court, the personal conduct, stay-away, and residence exclusion orders contained in a court order issued after notice and a hearing under this article may have a duration of not more than five years, subject to termination or modification by further order of the court,…

The month of April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983. I wrote an article in 2011 about how child abuse rose during the recession. I am afraid, that we are again living in a time, in which child abuse and domestic violence are escalating. Reports are frightening. “After…

A constitutional right to an attorney, unlike in criminal cases do not extend to family law cases. But your inability to pay for an attorney should not impede you from proceeding with child and spousal support, custody, visitation rights and restraining orders. These are important issues that may require you to seek the help of…

I am part of a legal team for both the client’s criminal domestic violence trial and divorce. While the merits of the criminal case will be determined by the jurors, the pervading question is the validity of the allegations while the parties concurrently are engaged in a bitter divorce case.  Both parties’ are keenly aware…

I have a client who travels all over the world for his business and his passport has been revoked. He called my office since his divorce case in California was a complex matter, including an appeal. He did not want his prior attorneys to represent him and he was recommended to me by a fellow…

The threshold test in modification motions in family law cases is that the requesting party must establish a change in circumstance(s) from the prior order. It is applied in requests for child custody changes, basis for adjustments in child and/or spousal support orders. This prevents re-litigation of facts or circumstances that have not materially changed….