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I’ve presented these articles which I have written because I feel they offer good information for my clients. Reading them at your leisure will help you better understand your situation. If you have any questions regarding what you’ve read here, especially how it may relate to your own family law issue, please feel free to contact my office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss all your questions.

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’Tis the Season to be Prepared – for Divorce

December 2nd, 2014

Holidays are tough in the best of circumstances, with lots of expectations and family pressures.  Now, imagine if one or both spouses are unhappy in their marriage.  Holiday pressures are amplified and can lead to a self-examination of the marriage and thoughts about planning for a divorce in the new year.  If you are considering such a new year’s resolution, don’t think you are the only person who is lacking holiday cheer. You might be surprised to learn that many are spending this holiday season seeking legal advice about a possible divorce after December 31.

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Choosing Between an Annulment or Divorce Proceeding

November 12th, 2014

Choosing to terminate a marriage through an annulment, (called a nullity proceeding in legal terminology), or through divorce (more formally, a dissolution proceeding), depends on an array of factors that must be carefully weighed and considered by either party seeking the marriage termination.

Many people believe that an annulment is a fast-track method to end a marriage, especially when the marriage is short-term, there are little or no assets or debts to be divided, and there are no minor children of the marriage. However, the reason for the annulment is extremely important for determining whether an annulment is the better choice over divorce.

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Annulments can get messy if you sponsored citizenship

November 10th, 2014

Reprinted from the Thursday, October 29, 2014 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Cara L. Boroda’s article titled “Annulments can get messy if you sponsored citizenship” explores the grounds of annulment and the crossover issue of immigration sponsorship by a spouse.

Download this article (pdf).

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Three Year-End Tax Tips

November 3rd, 2014

If divorcing your spouse is not difficult enough, those who are not legally divorced by December 31 must begin thinking at this time of year about tax planning as “married” individuals. The issue of tax filing becomes an entirely separate negotiation between lawyers and their clients.  While individual tax returns are not due until April 15, tis the season now for tax planning with your accountant.

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Why Divorce Cases Don’t Settle

October 20th, 2014

Imagine a divorce which has been ongoing for several years.  The experts essentially agree on the numbers for valuing the marital estate; the lawyers essentially agree on the options for resolution.  Hours and hours have been spent working to settle the case, yet the case still does not settle. How can this be, given the time and hard work involved?

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So, You Want to Litigate….

October 6th, 2014

Litigating is intellectually stimulating for many lawyers; it is competition at its best. We love to strategize a case; prepare witnesses; present novel arguments to the court; and we love the cross examination of witnesses.  It is what we were trained to do.

Parties often want to litigate because they want their day in court and want to “prove” the other side wrong.  Sometimes litigating a case is the only option because the other side will not work to resolve differences; or, the other side’s assessment of the case is so “off base” that a fair settlement cannot be achieved.

While many lawyers enjoy litigation, most clients do not share a lawyer’s point of view, but have no choice except to go to court.  Therefore, if you find yourself in the position of a litigated divorce or custody case, here are some tips that will enable you to assist your lawyer in managing the process:

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Abuse of an Animal is Domestic Violence

September 22nd, 2014

Many people know that a few months ago, my husband and I lost our thirteen year old Dachshund, Bagels.  While Bagels had been ill, there were no signs that her condition was worsening, so we were shocked by her sudden death.  This loss not only left us sad, but also left our other dog, Bessie, very sad too.

As a result, this weekend Bessie and I sought out to adopt a Dachshund so Bessie can have some company.  As I sat watching all of these dogs looking for good homes, knowing that many had come from hoarding and other forms of abusive homes, it reminded me of how difficult it is to fathom how and why someone would be abusive to an innocent animal.

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The Perpetrator’s Fame Makes Domestic Violence More Visible

September 15th, 2014

Everybody is talking about the Ray Rice domestic violence act caught on tape.  The incident is violent, painful to watch.  It is unfortunate that we must bear witness to a violent event to raise the awareness about domestic violence, which is a real problem in our society.  Each year our legislatures and courts further develop this area of the law to create greater protections for victims of these incidents, yet it seems the public often takes domestic violence lightly until we come face-to-face with a highly visible example.    Then, as often occurs, people tend to minimize or dismiss what happened because the perpetrator is famous or highly talented; for example, Chris Brown seems to have rebounded just fine after his assault on Rihanna.

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When the Wealthy Divorce: Confidentiality

September 8th, 2014

Certainly not every high profile celebrity-type divorce is handled in a confidential manner, as evidenced by the public divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt.  However, by and large, high profile divorces are handled quickly and quietly, the best recent example probably being the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

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The Good Legal Experience Is Not Much Different From a Good Dining Experience

August 25th, 2014

This past weekend my husband and I went out to dinner with a friend.  We chose a restaurant which I knew to have wonderfully fresh, well prepared culinary delights.  While no doubt, the food at a restaurant is important, so are the service and the entire experience of the meal.  We have all been to restaurants where the food is good, but the service or ambiance lacks something to be desired such that you never return to the restaurant.

When we were at dinner, the food was delicious; but what was extraordinary about the meal was our waiter.  Our waiter was knowledgeable about the food, the ingredients, the preparation style, the cocktails –everything.  In conversing with our waiter, he confessed he is a “foodie.”  No wonder – this is why it was so evident he had a passion for the food he was educating us about and serving! Our waiter truly transformed our experience from that of a meal to that of an experience where we were guided from beginning to the end through a culinary delight.

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