2019

Blog Posts in 2019

  • 27-May-2019

    Important Provisions in Marital Settlement Agreements

    Many divorces end with the parties agreeing to terms in a private settlement, without the court’s ruling on certain important legal issues. The more amenable the parties are to compromise, the easier it is for them to reach a settlement, ...
  • 17-May-2019

    What Happens to Spousal Support Payments After My Former Spouse Dies?

    Spousal support payments are designed to ensure a party has enough money to cover their living expenses after divorce. An award for spousal support is usually necessary where one spouse was unemployed during the length of their marriage. In long term ...
  • 29-Apr-2019

    Gavel for Hire: The Underground World of Private Judges

    California’s underfunded and overwhelmed public courts have been a major issue for the state’s ability to administer justice, particularly for family law matters. According to the Judicial Council of California’s 2018 Court ...
  • 25-Apr-2019

    Splitting the Puppy No More: California's New Pet Custody Law

    According to the ancient tale about the Judgment of King Solomon, the wise Israeli king was tasked with resolving a dispute between two women claiming to be the mother of an infant child. The king proposed a grim solution: to cut the baby in half ...
  • 27-Mar-2019

    Assembly Bill 1713 Seeks to Lower California's BAC Limit

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that intoxicated drivers are responsible for roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States. In 2014, the CDC published a sobering report regarding the rising number of ...
  • 14-Mar-2019

    Indecent Exposure: Defenses & Penalties

    In California, it’s illegal for any person to intentionally expose their genitals in public. Per California Penal Code 314 PC, an individual can be arrested and charged for indecent exposure under the following circumstances: they intentionally ...
  • 28-Feb-2019

    Understanding California's Proposed Child Support Evader Law

    A child support order is a civil judgement that dictates when and how often a parent is required to pay child support. California has very strict laws when it comes to issuing and enforcing child support orders. In fact, the court won’t even ...
  • 5-Feb-2019

    What Is an Inchoate Offense?

    Logic dictates that if you didn’t commit a crime then you shouldn’t be arrested for it. However, in the eyes of the law, public safety trumps all else. You can be arrested for an inchoate crime, or an “incomplete crime,” just ...
  • 30-Jan-2019

    What Is the First Step Act?

    Since 2017, the Trump Administration has been responsible for implementing many bold and controversial legislative changes. For all its benefits, the First Step Act is no exception. On December 21, 2018, President Trump enthusiastically signed a bill ...
  • 14-Jan-2019

    Enforcing Your Out-Of-State Protection Order in California

    Domestic violence is a national epidemic that harms countless American citizens each year. Like all states, California issues protective and restraining orders to protect individuals and families from physical, sexual, and psychological violence or ...