What Are Your Options if You’re Pregnant, Part 2: Maternity Leave – Family and Medical Leave Act Jan14

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

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 12-month...

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730 Custody Evaluation Jan15

730 Custody Evaluation

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 court deter...

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Comparison Between US Law and French Law Jan15

Comparison Between US Law and French Law

Based on my exposure to California’s and France’s family law court system, I have realized there are some differences between domestic and international legal systems. In France, divorce can be pronounced for 4 main reasons. Similar to California, parties can agree on the divorce and all consequences. This is known in France a...

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Enforcing a Foreign Judgment in France Jan15

Enforcing a Foreign Judgment in France

In France, when a judge has to deal with a foreign judgment, they first must distinguish the area of law. This means they must decide whether the subject in question is a good or a person.  Indeed, in some cases, to enforce a foreign judgment you will need to utilize a procedure called  “exequatur.” ...

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Transmutation Jan15

Transmutation

Under California law, property acquired during marriage is considered community property with some exceptions such a gifts and inheritance. However, transmutation plays an important role in the division of property at divorce. Transmutation is the transfer of property rights between the spouses which results in a change of legal or b...

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India’s Recent Efforts at Doing Away with Gender Bias in Child Custody Laws that Favor Fathers Jan15

India’s Recent Efforts at Doing Away with Gender Bias in Child Custody Laws that Favor Fathers

The Law Commission of India, which advises the Indian government on legal issues, recently made recommendations that divorced parents be given joint custody of minor children. This recommendation was made in an effort to quell India’s prevalent gender bias in child custody laws that favor fathers over...

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Same-Sex Marriage Decision and its Implications on Family Law Jan15

Same-Sex Marriage Decision and its Implications on Family Law

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent momentous decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), same-sex marriage is now protected federally in all 50 states. In effect, the ruling held that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in oth...

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What the Ashley Madison Website Hack Means for California Divorce Jan15

What the Ashley Madison Website Hack Means for California Divorce

For Ashley Madison users, the idea of a sizzling hot, sticky summer probably sounds like a good thing. However, throw a website hack scandal into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a big sticky mess. In July, it was reported that Ashley Madison, a casual sex and cheating network, had been hacked by a group called The Impact Team. The...

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How Deportation Affects Children of Immigrant Parents Jan15

How Deportation Affects Children of Immigrant Parents

Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently announced his immigration plan calling for the mass deportation of approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants. However, Mr. Trump’s plan does not address what will happen to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. According to the National Counsel of La Raza, in 2008, there ...

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Divorce In Military Families: What Additional Legal Issues Are Involved? Jan15

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

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 being away fro...

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