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Same-Sex Parent Adoption Recognized By Supreme Court

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

On March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, in V.L. v. E.L., recognized second parent adoption, which allows a second parent of the same gender as the biological parent to adopt a child without terminating the biological parent’s parental rights. In the case, two Alabama women were involved in a relationship from 1995-2011. Using assisted reproductive technology,…

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The Fight for $15 and its Policy Impact with Labor Law Enforcement

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As cities and states experiment with increases in minimum wage, enforcement strategies are evolving to meet the challenges of this labor equality movement. Since the end of 2012, workers and labor organizations have been fighting to raise minimum wage across the nation to reverse growing wage inequality. Their efforts fought heavily in the public eye,…

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California Spousal Support in Long Term vs. Short Term Marriages

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Spousal support (also known as partner support for registered domestic partners) is money that one spouse pays to help support the other after the filing of a dissolution or legal separation. When a married couple divorces after building a lifestyle together, a court may require the higher earner—whether the husband or the wife— to assist…

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Judges-Preference System Followed for Child Custody Awards

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

When dealing with child custody issues, a family law lawyer can be essential to preserving the parental rights of an individual. However, it is necessary to realize that just because a parent has a family law attorney, it does not guarantee that a judge will render a decision awarding custody in their favor. One thing…

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The Financial Intersection of Family and Immigration Law Found in Form I-864

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

More often than not, there is an intersection between family and immigration law. One aspect of the intersection of family and immigration law addresses the financial requirement in immigration proceedings for a petitioner to be liable for the expenses of the applicant. As family law practitioners it is crucial to know how your client can…

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Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATRO) advice of the four standard family law restraining orders which start immediately once a dissolution is commenced and restrain the parties from taking certain actions absent a written agreement or a court order. When the Petitioner spouse files the divorce petition, the ATROs bind the Petitioner. When the Respondent spouse…

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The Fate of Frozen Embryos after Divorce

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The recent ruling of a California judge in family court was a hot topic of conversation in California family law matters. In fact, it was the first such ruling of its kind in California. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ruled that a couple’s five frozen embryos had to be “thawed and discarded,” due…

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Divorce In Military Families: What Additional Legal Issues Are Involved?

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Americans are proud of our military and the soldiers that service these duties. Each year, an increasing number of men and women join the military in hopes of being able to serve and protect this country from domestic and foreign terrorists. The sacrifice that these men and women face while in the military usually mean…

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Wage, Labor and Hour Disputes in a Struggling Job Force: Are You a victim?

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the old saying goes, “work smarter, not harder.” While some working professionals consider it to be wise work ethic advice, others prefer the traditional method of working hard to reap the rewards. However, what happens when an employee’s overtime hours are not compensated for by the employer?    Working overtime is not uncommon for…

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The New Online Qualified Medical Evaluation Form

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The new online QME Panel request form 106 is most definitely the easiest form to fill out that the Division of Workers’ Compensation has created. This form was made available on October 1, 2015, after a press release in July announced that the paper format will no longer be accepted. For all intents and purposes,…

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