Child Custody

Military Issues in Orange County Irvine Family Law Matters

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

OC Family Law DV Veterans Program The Veterans Domestic Violance (DV) Program was created in 2010 to resolve domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) matters in Orange County family court involving veterans with no pre-deployment history of domestic violence. A finding of domestic violence could mean a loss of custody, visitation and employment opportunities for the restrained party. The program offers… READ MORE

Lasting Effects of “Temporary” Restraining Orders on Child Custody

Posted on March 28th, 2017

By Brian Mullen, Esq. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (“DVRO’s”) are governed by Family Code §6200 et. seq., also known as the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. In 2014 the legislature made a significant change to Family Code §6340(a) by mandating that any Orange County child custody, visitation and support orders entered while the DVRO is operative survives the expiration of the… READ MORE

How Child Support Works in California: A Complete Guide

Posted on April 12th, 2016

Whenever the support of a minor child is at issue, the Court may order either or both parents to pay any amount necessary for the child’s support. In Orange County, a hearing on the issue of child support is set by the filing of a Request for Order (RFO) by one of the parties, or in some cases, by the… READ MORE

A Father’s Guide to Winning Custody in Irvine, California

Posted on April 11th, 2016

California law presumes that both parents should have a meaningful role in the major decisions that affect a child and frequent and continuing contact with the child. The Court’s focus in making custody of a child and visitation decisions is on the kid’s best interest. Why then do so many mothers end up with the majority of the parenting time with… READ MORE

Guide to Request for Order (RFO) Hearings in Orange County

Posted on March 29th, 2016

The February 2016 Shimkus case out of Orange County  holds that family court judges don’t have to consider declarations.  Then how do I prepare for my hearing? What is the judge going to consider?  How do I get “evidence” into Court? These are very real concerns for every litigant that is stepping foot into Court in Orange County.  We can… READ MORE

Recent Published Case re: Home State for UCCJEA Child Custody Orders

Posted on December 10th, 2015

In the recently published case of Schneer v. LLaurado, (12/9/2015, Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. 2) the Court of Appeals reviewed a case out of San Bernardino County involving the question of the “home state” of a minor child for purposes of determining what state should have exclusive and continuing jurisdiction to enter child custody and visitation orders. The… READ MORE

Orange County Divorce Lawyers: Dealing with Delay Tactics

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

Guide to help speed up the resolution of divorce cases Divorce cases can be extremely quick or excruciatingly long.  Whether a divorce case is resolved within a matter of months or within a matter of years depends on a variety of factors, some of which are in the parties’ control and some not.  A dissolution of marriage case is usually swiftly resolved when… READ MORE

California Divorce Law – Are Frozen Embryos Property or Children?

Posted on August 24th, 2015

Irvine Divorce Specialists – Free Consultations An interesting case popped up recently in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California.  In this case, Dr. Mimi Lee and Stephen Findley created several embryos when they learned that Lee had cancer. Now the parties are divorcing.  Lee cannot have children and wants the embryos to implant into a surrogate and Findley… READ MORE

Are Damages Available to a Victim of Domestic Violence (Abuse)?

Posted on July 3rd, 2015

What kinds of orders can the family court make after making a finding of domestic abuse?  Can the court award damages like pain and suffering? Domestic violence restraining orders are made through the Family Court in Orange County, to protect people within the same “family” unit from another person within the same family core, or formerly part of the same… READ MORE

Divorce Litigation and the Pros and Cons of Emerging Technologies

Posted on May 12th, 2015

Divorce Lawyers in Irvine, California – Expert Advice Free Consultations – Free Parking – Friendly Office Divorce litigation can be an extremely scary proposition for anyone.  The fears of walking into court can be expounded when a divorcing spouse is unfamiliar with the process and unfamiliar with how information gained from technological sources can be used against them in the… READ MORE