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Penile LIE DETECTOR Tests: Coming to a FAMILY COURT Near You?

Have you ever heard of "phallometric testing" ? I confess I had not, until it was twice mentioned (apparently with approval) by Justice Benke in a recent and important decision that reversed ...
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San Diego Trial Court REVERSED (Again) in MOVE-AWAY Case

Parental Relocations and Move-Away Cases In response to a recent article I posted about the case of F.T. vs. L.J., the mother of the Mother in Mark T. vs. Jaime Z. submitted a comment about a new ...
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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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I Have My Ex-Husband's EMAIL PASSWORD and Found Email That Proves His INABILITY TO PARENT - How Do I Present This to the Family Court?

Q. My ex-husband and I are involved in a bitter custody dispute. I recently realized he had not changed his Email password, and so I was able to enter his account and review his emails. I found ...
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2011 REVISIONS to the California FAMILY CODE: "CHILD CUSTODY RECOMMENDING COUNSELORS"

Family Code section 3183, which governs custody mediators who are required by Family Code section 3160 to be offered by all California Superior Courts, has been revised effective 1/1/11 to mandate ...
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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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ATTORNEY FEES In CUSTODY Cases: 2011 Family Code Amendments

2011 Family Code Changes Affecting Attorney Fee Requests Along with other changes to the California Family Code brought about by the Elkins Committee's recommendations, Family Code section 3121 ...
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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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Is there any way to request that the Judge RECONSIDER her rulings in my case?

Q. I was in Court and the Judge ordered me to pay an amount in support that I can afford. The Judge averaged my earnings over the past 12 months, and then entered that information into the ...
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What does it mean that a judge has ordered a 730 EVALUATION in my custody case?

Q. My ex wife and I are fighting over custody of our three children. The judge decided to appoint a psychologist to interview us all. How does this affect me and my case? What Are 730 Evaluations? In ...
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Will the Court DRUG TEST My Wife?

Q. How do I get a Court Order for drug testing my wife? I know she is using and I fear she is a danger to our son. Your argument for drug and alcohol testing of parents or others having custody or ...
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How Do I Get the Court to Order My Husband to be HAIR FOLLICLE tested?

Q. I know my ex-husband uses drugs and I fear for the safety of our children. We are having a custody dispute. Is it possible to have him give a hair follicle sample for drug testing? How do I get a ...
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How Do I Get the Court to Order My Husband to be HAIR FOLLICLE tested?

Q. I know my ex-husband uses drugs and I fear for the safety of our children. We are having a custody dispute. Is it possible to have him give a hair follicle sample for drug testing? How do I get a ...
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Will the Court DRUG TEST My Wife?

Q. How do I get a Court Order for drug testing my wife? I know she is using and I fear she is a danger to our son. A. Your argument for drug and alcohol testing of parents or others having custody or ...
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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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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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OVERVIEW OF CUSTODY APPLICATIONS AND PROCEDURES in California

There are numerous types of situations that may involve custody determinations between parents and even nonparents (although nonparents typically need to be joined into the action since they are not ...
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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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How does my sister get CUSTODY of her GRANDSON?

Q. My Niece has a 1 yr old son. She is always gone on drugs and alcohol. Her mother cares for him 24/7, takes him to doctors... the boy's mother doesn't seem to care for him. My sister needs ...
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My girlfriend is due to have a baby next month. I am not sure if it mine. What do I do?

Q. My girlfriend is having a baby in September, but I don't know if I am the dad. A friend told me that I need to be careful because if I go to the hospital with her when she has the baby, I will ...
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