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Congratulations to Michael C. Peterson, Who Is Now a Certified Family Law Specialist!

Michael C. Peterson Is Now a Certified Family Law Specialist! I am verrrry pleased to announce that we received notice today that our associate attorney, and soon to be partner in the Arnold Law Firm, ...
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Attorneys Who ADVERTISE Service As A Temporary Judge Violate Judicial Ethics

"Pro Tem" Attorneys Who Advertise Their Service As Temporary Judges Violate the California Code of Judicial Ethics ! If everybody does it, it cannot be wrong. Right? Wrong. Many lawyers who ...
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Thurman Arnold III Named As A 2015 California Superlawyer for Divorce and Family Law!

Thurman W. Arnold Is Named As A 2015 SuperLawyer ! We are pleased and proud to announce that Thurman W. Arnold, III, has just been selected as a 2015 Southern California Family Law and Divorce ...
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Announcing The Enlightened Divorce Blog Roster of TOP CALIFORNIA FAMILY LAWYERS!

Announcing The Enlightened Divorce Blog™ Roster and Directory of California's Top Family Law Attorneys! We are grateful that the Enlightened Divorce Blog™ is about to enter its sixth ...
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TIME TO VOTE THE ENLIGHTENED DIVORCE BLAWG ONE OF THE BEST IN THE UNITED STATES!

Greetings Dear Readers: Every year the American Bar Association takes votes for the top 100 Legal Blogs/Blawgs in the United States. Each year past, I've only noticed that the voting has opened ...
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Attorney MICHAEL C. PETERSON PASSES the CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST EXAMINATION!

Palm Springs Divorce and Family Law Attorney Michael C. Peterson Passes the 2013 Certified Family Law Specialist's Examination!!! We are so very proud and pleased to announce that Arnold Law ...
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"Divorce Corp" - Dr. Drew's New "Documentary" - Divorce Trance and Fantasy

"Divorce Corp": Dr. Drew's Take of Divorce Trance I've reviewed You-Tube snippets of Dr. Drew's new documentary entitled " Divorce Corp ", but not the movie itself ...
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Marriage of Kahn - Self-Represented Parties, Discovery Sanctions and Indio Divorce Attorneys

Marriage of Kahn (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1113 - Don't Think You Can Get Away With Discovery Game Playing By Becoming Self-Represented! Or "How to Avoid Divorce Trance for Lawyers Who Represent ...
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ATTORNEY FEE ETHICS - Some Basic Things to Watch For Regarding Family Case Fees and Billings

Red Flags To Watch for in Retaining Your Family Law Attorney Here are some useful pointers about attorney fee arrangements that most divorce clients aren't aware of, and which many attorneys ...
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How Are BUSINESSES Owned Before Marriage DIVIDED In Divorce?

Q. My Wife is a personal injury lawyer with a good practice which she started six years before we married. We have been separated for nine months, after nine years together. She just sent me a ...
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Attorney Michael C. Peterson JOINS the Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold!

ATTORNEY MICHAEL C. PETERSON JOINS THE FIRM ! Greetings All and Best Wishes for the Coming New Year! I am so very pleased to announce that Michael C. Peterson joins the Law Firm of Thurman Arnold ...
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Can I CONTINUE My DIVORCE TRIAL?

Q. My divorce trial is scheduled for next month. I want to change attorneys - will the case be continued to give a new attorney enough time to prepare my case correctly? Trial continuances are ...
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Pointers for Dealing With FAMILY COURT JUDGES (Difficult and Otherwise) - What Every Lawyer and PRO PER Should Know!

Working with Family Court Judges I recently attended this year's annual AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) Conference in Orlando. Two Canadian jurists put on a workshop entitled ...
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271 SANCTIONS Ordered Against PRO PER ATTORNEY - Lawyers Are Some of the Most Conflicted Parties to Matrimonial Litigation

Do You Really Want the Most Aggressive Attorney for Your Divorce? I have recently been reflecting on the fact that in my experience, lawyers who are parties to family law litigation behave far worse ...
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What happens to FEES I deposited if I FIRE my ATTORNEY?

Q. What are the refund policies if I reconcile with my spouse or switch divorce attorneys? A. Attorneys are required by California State Bar Rule 4-100 to refund all unused fees promptly, for whatever ...
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What happens to the FEES I give an ATTORNEY?

Q. Where does my Retainer Deposit go when I hire a family law attorney? A. Family Law lawyers are required to place all unearned fees into a State Bar approved Attorney Client Trust Account. ...
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What is a Family Law Retainer Agreement?

Q. What is a Family Law Retainer Agreement and When Is It Required? Retainer Agreement is a written contract between you and your divorce lawyer. The California Bar requires that any agreement for ...
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How do I FIRE my ATTORNEY?

Q. How do I fire my family law attorney? You are free to discharge your attorney, and terminate his or her services, for any reason and at any time. Attorneys cannot require that you first pay off ...
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What should I do before selecting a divorce attorney?

Q. What should I ask a family law attorney to see if we are a good fit? Before you step into a lawyers office, you should know something about them. Today this is easy. Go to the California State Bar ...
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I have an attorney but what if I want a SECOND OPINION?

Q. I am represented by an attorney. However, I don't have a lot of faith in him anymore and now trial is scheduled in four months. Am I being paranoid in wanting a second opinion about my divorce ...
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I want to hire a NEW ATTORNEY with money my husband was ordered to pay my last lawyer.

Q. The court ordered my husband to pay my family law attorney $10,000 for legal fees at $500/month. He has made 2 or 3 payments. The court order says the fees are to be paid directly to her. I want to ...
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