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The Direct Examination Dance

With all of the television shows these days dedicated to litigation, I am sure that most adults are aware that parties to a lawsuit cannot merely take the witness stand in court and spill their story. Rather, when a party, or a witness, takes the witness stand, the person must engage in a very deliberate

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The No Child Support, No Visitation Trap

Some parents get confused and treat child visitation as being conditional on receipt of child support; sort of like child support is a way of “purchasing time” with their children. When the payor parent (one who pays) fails to pay, then the payee parent (one who receives payment) may not allow visitation between the children and

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Domestic Violence – Is It or Isn’t It?

California Family Code sections 6203, 6211 and 6320 define abuse, essentially, as your spouse, former spouse, partner or the parent of your child causing, or attempting to cause, you or your children reasonable fear of imminent bodily injury. In layman’s terms, abuse may consist of, for example, beating, cutting, kicking, threatening, stalking or raping you

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Holiday Schedules

Once physical and legal custody are agreed upon, the holiday schedule should be easier to determine. Planning the holiday schedule should not be given too much attention until the child is 3-5 years of age and is aware of traditions and celebrations. Think about the holidays that are important to you, the holidays that are

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Child Custody at 30,000 Feet

The majority of family law clients reflexively state “full custody” or “50/50” when the topic of child custody arises in their family law matters. Family law attorneys then spend a good portion of time talking about the different types of custody and what is best for their client’s children because “full custody” or “50/50” may

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