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730 Custody Evaluation

By gq | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Has a Child Custody Evaluation “730 Evaluation” been ordered by your California Family Court Judge, and are you completely in the dark as to what it is? You are not alone. Often times in contested custody proceedings a Judge may appoint a child custody evaluator to conduct a child custody evaluation in cases where the…

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What Are Your Options if You’re Pregnant, Part 2: Maternity Leave – Family and Medical Leave Act

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

In February, we posted a blog about SDI and PFL for expectant parents. This blog article will provide insight into another option that expectant parents have during pregnancy or after the birth of a child. Family and Medical Leave Act, or hereafter referred to as FMLA, provides 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a…

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Medical Treatment Disputes in Workers’ Compensation Claims

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

California Workers’ Compensation Laws provide certain benefits to employees injured on the job, including medical treatment for the industrial injury. At the initial evaluation, the workers’ compensation doctor will create a treatment plan which may include consultations with specialists, conservative medical treatment, diagnostic testing, and/or surgery. This means that the injured worker will be entitled…

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

In high conflict family law matters it is sometimes necessary for an individual to obtain a restraining order when domestic violence has occurred. The Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) [FC §§6200–6409] authorizes a procedure to obtain restraining orders to restrain domestic violence and make other custody, support, and property family law orders. Under DVPA “abuse”…

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What Are Your Options if You’re Pregnant

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pregnancy should be a celebrated event. However, for many expectant parents, the fear of how an employer will react introduces anxiety to otherwise happy news. Parents are likely to worry about their income when the mother needs to take time off of work due to the pregnancy and what will happen if the father wants…

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Dealing with International Divorce

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since the world has become more of a global village, where citizens now interact more than ever before, international marriage has become quite common convention across the globe. However, because of the disparity of cultures, some family conflicts may be raised during their marriage. Unfortunately, many couples end up divorcing due to these differences. Even…

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Can an Independent Contractor Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Generally, California workers’ compensation laws are designed to provide certain benefits to employees injured on the job.  Employers are often surprised when they hear that an independent contractor may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  How is this possible?  As an example, a company believes it has done its due diligence by hiring an…

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How to Serve a Spouse with Divorce Papers in another Country

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

After you file for divorce, you must properly serve your spouse with a copy of your summons and petition regardless of where they reside. When your spouse lives out of the country there are additional procedures you must follow in order to ensure the service of these documents is proper. The type of service which…

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Is Visitation with a Parent in Prison Beneficial to a Child?

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

It may come as a surprise but prison inmates retain the right of reasonable visitation with their children, despite being incarcerated.  Courts have held that refusing to allow reasonable parental visitation with his or her child while incarcerated should only be justified by some compelling necessity, such as a parent dangerously abusing a child.  Supporting…

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Is the California Paid Sick Leave Law a Step Backward?

By gq | Jan 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Beginning January 1, 2015, California’s new paid sick leave law takes effect. This new law mandates that California employers must allow its employees to accrue and use paid sick time. However, while this new paid sick leave law aims to benefit employees and is seemingly a leap forward for employees’ workplace rights, some believe this…

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