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Family Law Section

News from the Section

Message from the Chair - Vanessa Kirker Wright

The State Bar staff calls us the "volunteers." We refer to ourselves, variously, as FLEXCOMers or Committee members.  We serve to enhance the level of practice in the state. And the best part is that we have a blast working together on the most cutting edge issues in Family Law. One of my favorite sayings is "all law is family law." When I utter those words amongst my non-family law colleagues, I get one of two reactions: 1) pregnant pause and sudden subject change, or 2) odd look, small chuckle and sudden subject change. READ MORE

Webinar: Cultural Competency in Family Law Practice: Social and Legal Difficulties in Premarital Relationships

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credits in Legal Ethics, and 1.5 hours legal specialization credit in Family Law. You must register in advance to participate.

Four (4) California Family Law Practitioners with diverse legal backgrounds, rooted in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, will provide you with the laws of premarital behavior in four representative Jurisdictions.

Courtship, sexual relationship, pregnancy and childbirth, are not treated with the same no-fault rules of Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity (Maternity). The consequences may be violative of religious mandates and/or offend the social status of the Bride's and the Groom's families or society at large. The result may range from ostracization from community and family circles to incarceration, physicals harm, loss of limb or life. Similar rules and consequences dictate financial relationships and expectations both during courtship and marriage.

No serious family law practitioner can afford to miss this presentation.

Moderator: Abbas Hadjian

Speakers: Amaka Akudinobi, Diana L. Martinez, Steve Zand, Elie Seyedian and David Yamamoto

Webinar: Selected Advanced Concepts in Dissomaster™ Calculations For Child Support and Spousal Support,

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit and 1.5 hours legal specialization credit in Family Law. You must register in advance to participate.

You will learn how to use the DissoMaster™ program to calculate temporary support, determine correct tax settings and analyze the child tax credit.  In addition, you will learn methods of utilizing the program to determine long term support options including setting a cap on the amount of Ostler and Smith spousal support (Hoffmeister cap) in increasing incremental income situations. The webinar assumes a basic knowledge of the computer program and the attendee is encouraged to have the program up and enter the hypothetical fact data and write down the calculated results in the blanks provided in the presentation materials.

Moderator: Abbas Hadjian

Speaker: Ron J. Anfuso

Webinar: Cultural Competency in Family Law Practice: Marriage Law And Customs Across The Globe

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credits in Legal Ethics, and 1.5 hours legal specialization credit in Family Law. You must register in advance to participate.

In 1992, California law added Registration to Licensing requirement for a valid marriage between two Capable and Consenting man and a woman. In 2015 the limitation of opposite sexes were removed.  But not every jurisdiction in every legal system follows this and the same California law declares that "a marriage contracted outside this state that would be valid by the laws of the jurisdiction in which the marriage was contracted is valid in this state." 

For the first time, four (4) California Family Law attorneys, born, educated or practicing in four (4) Continents, under four (4) different legal systems help you to walk through the maze of global marriage.

 As California family law attorneys we have assumed the responsibility of recognizing and defending marriages of a diverse clientele in or outside of California under different laws and customs. Failure to understand and question the elements of a valid marriage is not a harmless error, but a gross legal mistake legalizing (or delegalization) marriages which did (or did not) exist.

Moderator: Abbas Hadjian

Speakers: Kelly Chang Rickert, Mauricio Leon de la Barra, Ann Mmeje and Warren R. Shiell

Webinar: Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis: Davis One Year Later, Trial of Date of Separation

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit and 1.5 hours legal specialization credit in Family Law. You must register in advance to participate.

The issue of the date of separation has become increasingly more complex by the enactment of Family Code Section 70.  Before marriage of Davis was decided, the date of separation often turned on the questions of whether the parties continued to reside under the same roof.  While not living together was no guarantee of separation, courts could find the parties separated while still living under the same roof.  With the bright line test created in marriage of Davis, living apart became a crucial factor.  Family Code Section 70 merges this consideration (living together or not) into a totality of the circumstances analysis.  No single factor has greater impact on the issue of property than determining the date of separation.  So the method by which this issue is decided is often outcome determinative for families of all economic situations.  Moreover, the date of separation determines the length of the marriage for purposes of spousal support so it has tremendous impact in the area of support.  Now that we have Family Code Section 70, there is serious concern about whether the new method for determining separation can be applied retroactively to couples who separated before 1.1.17 but try their case after 1.1.17, which rule applies?  Join us for this important discussion before the statute becomes effective.

Moderator: Abbas Hadjian

Speaker: Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis

Member Benefits

Are you a Section member who wants to be reminded of all the benefits? Do you have a colleague on the fence about joining the Section? Being a Family Law Section member offers a number of great benefits.READ MORE

Other News

FLEXCOM Congratulates Rita Aguilasocho

FLEXCOM Congratulates Rita Aguilasocho

FLEXCOM was honored to confer the “Court Staff Award” on Rita Aguilasocho who works as the judicial assistant, courtroom clerk and all-around person-in-charge for Judge Wells in Indio.  The award ceremony was attended by each and every staff member of the courthouse, along with the Court Administrator, most of the family law bar and the judges!  Ms. Aguilasocho has been working in family law for many years and is a perfect example of the kind of court staffer every judge and litigant loves – friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra yard to help the process go smoother.  We thank her and are so pleased to be able to recognize her work!

Jocelyn, thank you for your hard work, hallmark grace under pressure and positive attitude that has made working in this sometimes difficult area of law more pleasant for everyone.

Thank You for Being a Section Member in 2016 - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Know Your Legal Rights – Podcasts Now Available

The Family Law Section is a sponsor of the radio program “Know Your Legal Rights” hosted in the Bay Area by San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney. Mr. Finney welcomes attorneys and other professionals to talk about hot legal topics on a weekly basis. He routinely hosts members of FlexCom and other family law attorneys to educate the public on burgeoning issues important to our practice. FlexCom thanks Mr. Finney for providing our Section with this forum over the years.

If you are interested in listening to prior broadcasts focused on family law issues, the State Bar website now has a list that dates all the way back to when the Section first started sponsoring the program. Visit the Family Law Section page for additional details. For an entire list of podcasts hosted by Mr. Finney, please see HERE.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Family Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

Consumer Education PamphletsConsumer Education Pamphlets Available for Purchase

The State Bar of California's "Get the Legal Facts of Life" Pamphlets are available for purchase from the State Bar. These pamphlets are both educational and informative for your clients.

For more information, see Consumer Education Pamphlets or call the Education Pamphlet Hotline: 888-875-LAWS (888-875-5297).

Online and Self-Study CLE from the Family Law Section

Online AudioView Family Law Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit . Choose from hundreds of hours of official State Bar of California MCLE programs. For more information, see streaming audio and video, and select Family Law Be sure to check out CLEtoGo , downloadable podcasts you can listen to on the BART, or on the drive in or from the office.

Making the Connection: The Family Law Section is on Social Media

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Who said family law lawyers weren’t social? A reminder, our Family Law Section is on Facebook and Twitter - join us! The Section sees social media as another way to connect our members with information as it develops. Stay in touch with us to learn about the great work being done by Section members across the state. You can Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter at the links below.

Contact Us

Family Law Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368