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Pointers for STEP-PARENTS (and Other "Non" Parents) Seeking Visitation With Their (Step) Children!

Stepparents and California Family Law: Issues and Pointers by Michael C. Peterson, Esq. Introduction and Personal Bias: Best Interests of Kids! Current statistics declare that more than half of all ...
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Navigating the Minefields of Divorce From a Narcissist - One Path Out of the Swath of Destruction!

"Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist, and Heal Your Family " by Karyl McBride Ph.D A Book Review by Thurman W. Arnold, III CFLS "Help! ...
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CHRISTIAN Divorce | Summer Suggestions For Teens and Parents Affected By Divorce | SROM

SROM - Outdoor Ministries That Will Serve Children of Divorcing Parents Some readers of the Enlightened Divorce Blog™ are Christian men and women who find themselves locked in a divorce they do ...
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In Re DRAKE M.: Marijuana Use Is Not Necessarily Abuse

GUEST BLOG! Pot: Lawful Use is Not Necessarily Abuse by Mark D. Gershenson, Esq. Marijuana has been in the news quite a bit lately. Voters in the states of Colorado and Washington voted last month to ...
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Can I REMOVE and Replace an EC Section 730 Custody Evaluator for BIAS?

Q. I have been ordered into a "730 Evaluation" with a Marriage and Family Therapist. My former wife and I are battling over custody. For a number of reasons (including the evaluator's ...
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FORM 8332 NOW MANDATORY TO CLAIM DEPENDENCY EXEMPTIONS

Form 8332 Must Be Submitted With Your Return If A Noncustodial Parent Wishes to Receive the Dependency Exemption for a Child There has been an important 2011 change in IRS policies with regard to the ...
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2nd Appellate District Severely Limits GRANDPARENT VISITATION Under Family Code Section 3102

Rich v. Thatcher (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 1176 In what reads to me to be a myopic opinion, Justice Yegan of Division Six of the Second Appellate District has declared that biological grandparents have a ...
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GRANDPARENT RIGHTS: Recent RIVERSIDE Case Orders VISITATION To GP After DEATH OF PARENT

Hoag v. Diedjomahor (October 17, 2011), 200 Cal.App.4th 1008 The Facts The Fourth Appellate Division released a published opinion on October 17, 2011 in the case of Hoag v. Diedjomahor, a case which ...
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San Diego Trial Court REVERSED for Failing to Exercise An "INFORMED DISCRETION" in Refusing to Permit Sole Legal Custody Father Who Had PRIMARY PHYSICAL CUSTODY to MOVE OUT OF STATE

San Diego County Move-Away Cases F.T. vs. L.J. (2011) 194 Cal.App.4th 1 On April 6, 2011, the California Fourth Appellate District, Division One, in a strongly (and painfully) worded opinion reversed ...
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FAMILY LAW SANCTIONS and DUE PROCESS: Santa Barbara Trial Court Reversed in IRMO DURIS

Visitors to my websites know that I am biased in favor of mediation, believing that parties to litigation involving their family should opt to resolve their disputes themselves rather than undertake ...
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2011 REVISIONS to the California Family Code: Child Abuse and Temporary Orders

Effective January 1, 2011, Family Code section 3027 has been amended to authorize courts to "take any reasonable, temporary steps as the court, in its discretion, deems appropriate... to protect ...
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ELLEN KELLNER'S CO-PARENTING BOOK Inspired Me: How Can I Get My Ex Into Counseling?

Q. I found Ellen Kellner's book " The Pro Child Way, Parenting With An Ex " on your website some weeks ago, and ordered it from Amazon.com. I have been eagerly reading it, especially because ...
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New Family Code Section 3042 - Will It Serve to Accelerate the GENDER CUSTODY WARS?

Child Testimony Concerning Parental Preference AB 1090, sponsored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, becomes law on January 1, 2011 as revised Family Code section 3042. It directs courts to allow children age ...
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Can My CHILDREN TESTIFY About Their PARENT PREFERENCE in Our Custody Case?

Q. We have a hearing coming up before the Christmas holidays over custody and visitation issues. I believe my children should testify in court about their father's living conditions, as well as ...
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What STANDARDS Are JUDGES Likely to APPLY When A REQUEST FOR CHILD TESTIMONY Is Made?

Q. I have heard that children will be able to decide which parent they want to live with in 2011, is this true? A. No. However, at certain ages their input may become more important to courts in ...
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"PARENTAL ALIENATION" at the 2010 AFCC Conference

The topic of the 47th Annual Association of Family and Conciliation Court Conference is "parental alienation." Over 1,000 lawyers, judges, mediators, and mental health professionals ...
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Proposed Text for a new diagnosis of PARENTAL ALIENATION in the DSM-V

The following text was taken from the AFCC materials provided in Denver. The DSM-V has not been adopted, nor is there any agreement that the following diagnosis should be added. Ultimately it was not ...
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What SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS may be paid to CHILDREN?

Q. My former husband is very ill. If he dies, what Social Security Benefits may our two children be entitled to? Social security benefits may be paid to children when one parent becomes disabled, ...
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How do COURTS decide to award JOINT CUSTODY?

Q. How do courts decide whether to award joint or sole custody? Family Code section 3010 provides that a mother and a father "are equally entitled to the custody of the child." However, ...
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What does a VOLUNTARY DECLARATION OF PATERNITY (VDOP) do in California?

Q. My ex girlfriend gave birth to our son three years ago. I was at the hospital and signed a document they handed me that said I was the father. We never married. We lived together for another year, ...
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Overcoming PARENTING CONFLICTS With OURFAMILYWIZARD.COM

Overcoming PARENTING CONFLICTS with OurFamilyWizard Visitation and parenting exchange disputes often occur simply because of confusion or poor communication skills between parents, but they can be ...
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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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ENFORCING SUPPORT ORDERS in California

Enforcing California Child Support and Alimony Orders As a private person, you have a host of remedies. Some require the assistance of an attorneys, other may not depending upon your relative interest ...
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GRANDPARENT CUSTODY in California.

Grandparent Custody and Visitation There are a number of important aspects to nonparent custody and visitation which deal with the rights of people who are not biological or legal parents of children ...
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Domestic Violence and SHELTER FROM THE STORM

Coachella Valley Shelter From the Storm I visited the administrative center for the Palm Desert based Shelter From the Storm on November 11, 2009, and met with its Executive Director, Lynn Moriarty, ...
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