Family Law News

Family Law News

 

Family Law News is the official publication of the State Bar of California Family Law Section, and is sent automatically to Section members.

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Editorial Staff

Executive Editor
Naghmeh Bashar

Editor
Deborah H. Wald

Assistant Editor
Michael Kretzmer

Contributing Editors

Harold J. Cohn

Bonnie Riley

Debra S. Frank

Marc Olson, Style Editor

Editorial Board Advisors

Andrew Cain
John D. Hodson

Production Coordinator
Megan Lynch
Sublime Designs Media
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Recent issues have included:

Volume 36, Number 1
Volume 35, Number 4
Volume 35, Number 3
Volume 35, Number 2
Volume 35, Number 1
Volume 34, Number 4
Volume 34, Number 3
Volume 34, Number 2
Volume 34, Number 1
Volume 33, Number 4
Volume 33, Number 3
Volume 33, Number 2
Volume 33, Number 1
Volume 32, Number 3
Volume 32, Number 2
Volume 32, Number 1
Volume 31, Number 4
Volume 31, Number 3
Volume 31, Number 2
Volume 31, Number 1
Volume 30, Number 4
Volume 30, Number 3
Volume 30, Number 2
Volume 30, Number 1
Volume 29, Number 4
Volume 29, Number 3
Volume 29, Number 2
Volume 29, Number 1
Volume 28, Number 4
Volume 28, Number 3
Volume 28, Number 2
Volume 28, Number 1
Volume 27, Number 4
Volume 27, Number 3
Volume 27, Number 2
Volume 27, Number 1
Volume 26, Number 4
Volume 26, Number 3
Volume 26, Number 2
Volume 26, Number 1
Volume 25, Number 3
Volume 25, Number 2
Volume 25, Number 1
Volume 24, Number 4
Volume 24, Number 3
Volume 24, Number 2
Volumer 23, Number 3
Volumer 23, Number 2
Volume 23, Number 1

Tables of Contents

Volume 36, No. 1 - Issue 1, 2014

Message from the Chair
Andrew Cain

Message from the Editor
Naghmeh Bashar, Executive Editor

Case and Legislation Highlights: The Year in Review
CEB

Understanding Van Camp and Pereira: Apportionment of Separate versus Community Property
Marc Kaplan

Individual Retirement Accounts-- Where Do IRA's Fit in the Judgment Protocol under Family Code §2337?
R. Ann Fallon

Davis, Fonstein, Epstein & IRC §1041-- A History of "Immediate and Specific"
Judge Edward B. (Ned) Huntington

SB 274: The Law and Multi-Parent Families
Deborah H. Wald

Volume 35, No. 4 - Issue 4, 2013

Message from the Chair
Andrew Cain

Message from the Editor
Naghmeh Bashar, Executive Editor

2013 Family Law Executive Committee's Judicial Officer of the Year Award The Honorable James M. Mize Sacramento County Superior Court
Jill Barr

Hiring Family Law Forensic Psychological Experts - How to Maximize the Results, Minimize the Costs
Patricia C Kuendig, Jonathan Gould, Ph.D., and Roger J Dodd

Unbundling Legal Services: Perspectives from the Bench and a Solo Practitioner - Unbundling Assists Clients
Honorable Judge Juhas, Janine Liebert, and Seth Davidson

Skills Before Decisions: Can Difficult Clients Learn Decision-Making Skills?
Bill Eddy

Dealing with the Fallout from In re Marriage of Facter
Brian Kramer

Solomon's Choice: Evaluators Discuss Relocation in Cases of Joint Custody and Equal Timeshare
Kate Reder and Dr. William Austin

Garret Dailey – 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
Mark Ressa.

Peter Ontiveros Receives Court Staff Award
Christopher C. Melcher

Linda Daeley of Orange County Presented with 2013 Court Staff Award
Andrew Cain

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 35, No. 3 - Issue 3, 2013

Message from the Chair
Mark Ressa

Message from the Editor
Naghmeh Bashar, Executive Editor

Case Highlights: The Year in Review CEB.

MCLE Self-Study Article:
Forensic Mental Health Assessment and Admissibility of Psycholegal Evidence: Psychological Assessment, Court Testimony, and the Rules in Psychology and Law that Control Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony

Herbert N. Weissman

Successful Family Law Petitions for Writ Relief
Stephen Temko and Dennis Temko

The Children of Shari'a
Abbas Hadjian

Do Lesbian Mothers Still Have to Adopt Their Own Children Now That DOMA Has Been Declared Unconstitutional?
Deborah H. Wald

Sorrell Trope Receives the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Edward J. Thomas

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 35, No. 2 - Issue 2, 2013

Message from the Chair
Mark Ressa

Messege from the Editor
Naghmeh Bashar, Executive Editor

Case Highlights: The Year in Review CEB

Phantom Income, Real Taxes, and Child Support Sharon A. Bryan.
Sharon A. Bryan, Esq.

Hidden Money in Military Divorce Cases Mark E. Sullivan
Mark E. Sullivan

Misunderstanding Incivility and How to Stop It Bill Eddy
Bill Eddy, LCSW, CFLS

Valli: A Lesson in History Kim W. Cheatum
Kim W. Cheatum, Esq.

How Marital Settlement Agreements Are Affected by the Copyright Law Ivan Hoffman
Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D.

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 35, No. 1 - Issue 1, 2013

Message from the Chair: The Obligatory ‘Advice to New Family
Law Attorneys’ Column

Mark Ressa

Message from the Editor
Naghmeh Bashar, Executive Editor

Legislation Highlights: The Year in Review
CEB

Judges, Lawyers, and Therapists: We Need to Talk About the Kids
Honorable Jaime R. Román

Documents -- What We Need and Why We Need Them
Donald Miod

Is There a Right to a Record?
Michele Brown and Michelene Insalaco

Houston, “We Have a Problem!” No Court Reporter, Perhaps No Appeal, What Can We Do?
Stephen Temko and Dennis Temko

Missy Lemley from Sonoma County Presented with 2012 Court Staff Award
Sherry Peterson

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 34, No. 4 -- Issue 4, 2012

Message from the Chair
Mark Ressa

Message from the Editor
Naghmeh Bashar, Executive Editor

Commissioner Sue Alexander Receives 2012 Judicial Officer of the Year Award
Sherry Peterson

Exploring the Best Interest of the Child Standard
Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis

Doing the Bye-Bye Boogaloo -- Trying the International Move-Away Case
Michael Kretzmer

Hit and Run on the Superhighway of Love
Lynne Yates-Carter and Elaine Brady

California Family Law: A Tale of Two Markets
Kenny Pierce

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 34, No. 3 -- Issue 3, 2012

Message from the Chair
Christopher C. Melcher

Message from the Editor
Andrew Cain, Executive Editor

Exploring the Best Interest of the Child Standard
Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis

The Best Interests of the Child Standard Meets Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment
Herbert N. Weissman

Objections
Sherry Peterson, Christopher C. Melcher, and Ana M. Storey

Elkins and the California Budget -- A Perfect Storm for Change
Honorable Louise Bayles-Fightmaster

Why Mediate Dissolution of Same-Sex Relationships?
Paula M. Lawhon

Domestic Partner Violence in Same-Sex Relationships: What Is It and What Can We Do to Help?
Juliana Williamson

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Try Standing in the Child’s Shoes
Sharon A. Bryan

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 34, No. 2 -- Issue 2, 2012

Message from the Chair
Christopher C. Melcher

Message from the Editor
Andrew Cain, Executive Editor

CEB Year in Review, Part II. Case Law Highlights

Is the Court System As We Know It At Risk?
Julie Emed

Analyzing a Transmutation of Property -- A Quick Overview
Michele Brown

What We Learn from Death Review
Julia Saffren

Mediation: An Oasis, or Litigation Minefield?
Vicki J. Greene

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 34, No. 1 -- Issue 1, 2012

Message from the Chair
Christopher C. Melcher

Message from the Editor
Andrew Cain, Executive Editor

Case and Legislation Highlights: The Year in Review
CEB

Military Divorce: Returning Warriors and "The Home Front"
Mark E. Sullivan

Objections
Sherry Peterson, Christopher C. Melcher, and Ana M. Storey

Family Law Attorneys Should Consider the Scope of Electronic Evidence
Pallie Zambrano

How Much Detail About Mommy's Drug Test Can Daddy or the Trial Court Learn? Discovery Into Drug Test Data in Custody
Disputes

Claudia Ribet

Social Media For Lawyers -- Part Two, Ethical Considerations
Mark Ressa

It’s Time For More ADR In Family Law
Dina Haddad

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 33, No. 4 - Issue 4, 2011

Message from the Chair
Christopher C. Melcher

Message from the Editor
Andrew Cain, Executive Editor

2011 Family Law Section Judicial Officer of the Year Award
Barbara Hammers

Banks, Garnishments and Forcible Entry: Possible Enforcement Tools with Writ in Hand
Raymond Goldstein

Social Media For Lawyers -- Part One, Best Practices
Mark Ressa

Claims of Undue Influence Are Considered Under Different Standards in Family Law and Probate Matters
Howard S. Klein, Robert C. Brandt, and Geoffrey Murry

Welcome to the Rodeo: Representing Minors at Trial
Michael J. Kretzmer

Another Knot in the Cash Flow Issue
Sharon A. Bryan

Charging Liens
Naghmeh Bashar

The 10 Best Ways to Waste Money in Your Divorce
Diana Mercer

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 33, No. 3 -- Issue 3, 2011

Message from the Chair
Christopher C. Melcher

Message from the Editor
Andrew Cain, Executive Editor

Beware of the Double Dip
by Joanne Bertozzi, CPA and Jeff Stegner, CPA

Dividing Negative Equity When The Night Is Still
by Ronald S. Granberg and Robert E. Blevans

New Opportunities For Unfettered Legal Representation Of The Developing Child Client In Family Law: A Response To Diane Wasznicky’s "How To Represent a Child With Your Hands Tied Behind Your Back"
by Frank E. Dougherty

Characterization of Compensation
by Sharon A. Bryan, J.D., C.F.L.S. and Andrew L. Hunt, C.P.A., A.S.A

Marital Standard Of Living: Pie, Milk, Apples And Oranges
by Kenny Pierce

Review Of Recent Cases: Alimony Prenups And Military Allowances Matter, But Marriage Registration and
Potential Retirement May Not

by Audra Ibarra

Analyzing And Dissecting Tax Returns: What Family Law Attorneys Need To Know
by Ron J. Anfuso

Objections
Sherry Peterson, Christopher C. Melcher, and Ana M. Storey

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 33, Number 2 [2011]

Message from the Chair
Sherry Peterson, Chair

Message from the Editor
Paul L. Brimberry, Executive Editor

Case Highlights: The Year in Review

Recent Family Law Case Studies

Ten Commandments On Ruled and Numbered Paper
Harold J. Cohn, Esq.,CFLS and Lawrence E. Leone, Esq.,CFLS

Adoption Basics
Diane Goodman

How Do You Know When It's Over?
Shelley L. Albaum, Harold J. Cohn and Seth D. Kramer

Writs & Tips
Raymond R. Goldstein

Volume 33, Number 1 [2011]

Message from the Chair
Sherry Peterson, Chair

Message from the Editor
Paul L. Brimberry, Executive Editor

Legislation Highlights: The Year in Review*

The California Parentage Puzzle: Making Sense of California Parentage Law
Deborah H. Wald

New Requirements for Minor’s Counsel (or How to Represent the Child With Your Hands Tied Behind Your Back)
Diane Wasznicky

Responding to the Panicked Call
Ronald S. Granberg

The Impact of Divorce on Credit Reputation
Georg Finder

Ask Abby & Ira Questions Relating to Enforcement of Court Orders & Judgments
Abby B. Friedman & Ira M. Friedman

Volume 32, Number 3 [2010]

Message from the Chair
Sherry Peterson, Chair

Message from the Editor
William S. Ryden, Editor

Judicial Officer of the Year: The Honorable Marjorie A. Slabach
Michelene Insalaco, Esq.

Mediating Prenuptial Agreements
Franklin R. Garfield, Esq.

The Intersection of Islamic Family Law and California Family Law
Alexandra Leichter, Esq.

A Step Toward Tax Equality for Registered Domestic Partners
Christopher C. Melcher, Esq.

S.M. vs. E.P.: “Badgering” is not “Abuse”
Robert N. Kipper, Esq.

Compilation of Recent Articles Organized by Subject Matter (2008 – 2010)
Compiled by William S. Ryden, Esq.

Volume 32, Number 2 [2010]  

Message from the Chair
John D. Hodson, Chair

Message from the Editor
William S. Ryden, Editor

"Solving This Puzzle Together”--An Interview with Drew Liebert, Chief Counsel of the Assembly Judiciary Committee
Michelene Insalaco, Esq and Michele Brown, Esq

Deductibility of Attorney & Accounting Fees in Dissolution
Hon. Edward B. Huntington (Ret.)

Emotional and Legal Issues When a Child's Parent Dies
Lynette Robe, Esq., and Angus Strachan, Ph.D.

Valuing Private Equity in Family Law Matters
Bruce Pollock and Ronald Schmidt

Volume 32, Number 1 [2010]

Message from the Chair
John D. Hodson, Chair

Message from the Editor
William S. Ryden, Editor

Case and Legislation Highlights: The Year in Review

The Trouble with Padgett
James M. Crawford, Jr., Esq

Building a Profitable Family Law Practice: Make Peacemaking Your Day Job
Forrest S. Mosten, Esq

Marriage of Knowles and the Pursuit of Meaning in Section 4057.5’s Exclusion of New Spouse Income in the Calculation of Child Support
Robert N. Kipper, Esq

Date Of Separation Versus Date Of Trial Which Valuation Date is Applicable to Professional Practices and Other Businesses in Which the Earnings and Accumulations After Separation are Primarily the Result of the Time, Skill and Effort of the Operator Spouse
Jack Zuckerman CPA, JD, ABV

How to input Pension Contributions into the DissoMaster Program
Mark Kohn, CPA, CFE, CVA, ABV, CFF

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act-- What’s Next?
Frederick J. Glassman, Esq.

Volume 31, Number 4 [2009]

Message from the Chair
John D. Hodson, Chair

Message from the Editor
William S. Ryden, Editor

California Move-Away Cases - A Chart
Michelene Insalaco

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act -- Today and Tomorrow
Frederick J. Glassman

When Going to Trial Would be a Train Wreck, Can You Settle Your Case?
Franklin R. Garfield

Ethical Considerations in Appointing our Colleagues as Private Judges
Jill Hersh

Volume 31, Number 3 [2009]

Message from the Chair
Jill Barr, Chair

Message from the Editor
Julie Saffren, Editor

FLEXCOM Congratulates 2009 Judicial Officer Of The Year: Commissioner Alan B. Clements
Michele Brown, Esq.

Dynamics of Conflict and Resolution Part Two: Settlement
Sherry Cassedy, J.D., MA

Blogging for the Family Lawyer
Paula M. Lawhon. Esq.

An Elkins Update
Peter Walzer, Esq.

Inequities and Waste in Current Treatment of Social Security Benefits in Divorce Settlements
Thea Glazer, CFP, CFDA and Adryenn Cantor, CFLS

Remembering Mel Ross

Mining Evidence Under the New Electronic Discovery Act
Christopher C. Melcher, Esq.

Volume 31, Number 2 [2009]

Message from the Chair
Jill Barr, Chair

Message from the Editor
Julie Saffren, Editor

An Interview with the Chief Justice of California
John Hodson

Dynamics of Conflict and Resolution, Part One: Managing Conflict
Sherry Cassedy, J.D., MA

The Impact of the Economy on Dissolutions
Brooke Blecher

Book Review: Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome--Breaking the Ties that Bind
by Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.and Stephen B. Ruben

Tax-Affecting S Corporations for Business Valuations in A Marital Dissolution--A Rebuttal
Mark S. Luttrell, Brian Brinig, Jim Andersen, and Jerry Randall

Why Registered Domestic Partners/Same Sex Spouses Still Need Adoptions or Court Orders of Parentage
Diane Goodman

Volume 31, Number 1 [2009]

Message from the Chair
Jill Barr, Chair

Message from the Editor
Julie Saffren, Editor

Evaluating the Enforceability of a Premarital Agreement
Christopher C. Melcher

Warning Signs of Tax Fraud and Bank Fraud in a Marital Dissolution Case (and
the Dangers of Ignoring Them)

Jeffrey B. Setness

Assessing Domestic Violence in Family Law Custody Cases
Lilly Grenz, LCSW

Avoiding Traps in Handling Pensions and Deferred Compensation on Divorce
Barbara DiFranza

Case and Legislation Highlights: The Year in Review

Volume 30, Number 4 [2008]

Message from the Chair
Jill Barr, Chair

Message from the Editor
Julie Saffren, Editor

Commissioner David L. Haet Recognized as Family Law Judicial Officer of the Year for 2008
John D. Hodson

Residence Apportionment by Equity
Donald A. Glenn, CPA, ABV, CFE, CVA

Family Law News Reader Survey

Statement of Decision Checklist for Need-Based Attorney Fees
Robert A. Roth

Collecting Attorneys’ Fees in Family Law Cases
Robert Weinberg

Estate Planning Before Marital Dissolution
Michelle C. Lerman

Volume 30, Number 3 [2008]

Message from the Chair
George N. Seide, Chair

Message from the Editor
Lynette Berg Robe, Editor

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter
Declaration of Public Health Crisis

Three (Not-So) Biggies for Us Piggies: Montgomery, Rothrock, and Lucio
Robert N. Kipper, CLFS

Book Review: Making Marriage Matter Less
Julie Saffren, Assistant Editor

A Family Law Revolution: Changing Attitudes About Parentage in Nontraditional Families’ Use of Collaborative Reproduction
Charles P. Kindregan Jr.

Tax-Affecting S Corporations for Business Valuations in a Marital Dissolution
Stephen D. McMorrow, CPA, ASA, CBA

Volume 30, Number 2 [2008]

Message from the Chair
George N. Seide, Chair

Message from the Editor
Lynette Berg Robe, Editor

Minor’s Counsel Representation Under New Rules of Court
Diane Elizabeth Wasznicky

Parenting Plan Coordinators--Los Angeles County Family Law Section Revises Its Stipulation
Mary Lund, Lynette Berg Robe, Judge Robert A. Schnider, and Angus Strachan

Form PPC-2 (Notice of Decision)

High Conflict Divorce and the Personalities That Drive Them
Sidney J. Brown, Ph.D.

ON THE BORDER: The Increasing Challenge to Attorneys in Dealing with Borderline Personalities in Family Law Matters
Fern Topas Salka

“Through the Eyes of Children”: ADR Standing Committee Presents a Panel of Adult Children of Divorce
Wendy Landes

Adult Adoption...What Is It? When Should It Be Utilized?
Steven R. Liss

Elkins Task Force Appointments Announced
George N. Seide, CFLS

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 30, Number 1 [2008]

Message from the Chair
George N. Seide, Chair

Message from the Editor
Lynette Berg Robe, Editor

FLEXCOM and the State Bar Honor Larry Doyle at His Retirement from His Service as a Legislative Representative
Elizabeth Harrison

Decoding Amendments to Family Code Section 2337
R. Ann Fallon, James M. Crawford, Jr. and Sherry Peterson

Continuation of Health Care Under a Group Plan for the Nonemployee Spouse after Marital Dissolution: COBRA and HIPPA Rules
Bret Cook

Two Recent Court of Appeal Decisions Make Important Refinements in Interpreting the Domestic Violence Prevention Act
Julie Saffren

Even if Your Motion for a Vocational Examination Was Denied, a Vocational Expert May Still Be Helpful to Your Case
Phillip D. Sidlow and Susan W. Miller

An Annulment Based Upon the Ground of Fraud Must Go to the “Heart” of the Marital Relationship
Harold J. Cohn and Seth Kramer

Burglarizing Your Own Home: People v. Gill
Richard F. Gould-Saltman

Child Support Services Department May Enforce Spousal Support Orders in Connection with a Child Support Order
Howard Strauss

New Business Valuation Standards
Christopher C. Melcher

Review of Most Important Recent Legislation from CEB’s 2008 Practice Under the California Family Code

FLEXCOM Needs You! FLEXCOM’S Standing Committees
John D. Hodson

Volume 29, Number 4 [2007]

Message from the Chair
George N. Seide, Chair

Message from the Editor
Lynette Berg Robe, Editor

State Bar of California, Family Law Executive Committee Judicial Officer of the Year for 2007
George N. Seide, Chair

2007 Flexcom “Distingished Person Award” Presented to David Fink
Mary C. Molinaro

Photos from the 2007 State Bar Annual Meeting

Two Biggies for Us Piggies:Feldman and West
Robert N. Kipper, CFLS

Point/Counterpoint Regarding Provisions for Payments at the Time of Marital Dissolution in Prenuptial Agreements
Peter M. Walzer and Franklin R. Garfield

Statement of Decision Checklist for Child Support Order
Robert A. Roth

Family Law Legislation: 2007 Review
By Jill Barr, FLEXCOM Legislative Chair for 2007

2007 Litigation Passed

“At Long Last…Love?”
BOOK REVIEW

Lynette Berg Robe

Calling All Courts, Calling All Courts: New Law Encourages Establishment of Statewide Uniform Rules for Court Appearances by Telephone
Randy W. Medina

New System for the Department of Child Support Enforcement In California
Howard Strauss

Volume 29, Number 3 [2007]

Message from the Chair
Mary C. Molinaro, Chair

Message from the Editor
Melvyn Jay Ross, CFLS, Editor

Bucking Branco
Justin M. O’Connell, Esq.

Self-Employed Judgment Debtor Not Paying? What Can You Do About It?
Raymond R. Goldstein, Esq.

A Primer: Life Insurance and Family Law--Conflict and Confusion
Mark E. Minyard, CFLS

Strategic and Practical Applications of Evidence Code Section 733 in Child Custody Evaluations
Joseph W. Howington, Esq. and Gabriel K. Coy, Esq.

Volume 29, Number 2 [2007]

Message from the Chair
Mary C. Molinaro, Chair

Message from the Editor
Melvyn Jay Ross, CFLS, Editor

In re Rabin: The Price of Progress for California Registered Domestic Partners
Robert F. Kidd, Esq.

Dear Jan: A Mailing List To Market Your Practice
Jan C. Gabrielson

Jewish Holiday Guide for Custody/Visitation Schedules
Alexandra Leichter

California Case Highlights for the Year 2006

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 29, Number 1 [2007]

Message from the Chair
Mary C. Molinaro, Chair

Message from the Editor
Melvyn Jay Ross, CFLS, Editor

Practice Pointer: Title to Principal Residence Determines Liability for the Payment of Capital Gains Taxes Upon Sale
Lynette Berg Robe, CFLS

Three Biggies for Us Piggies: Pearlstein, Walker and Leni
Robert N. Kipper, CFLS

Dear Jan: Developing Your Referral Sources
Jan C. Gabrielson

California Case and Legislation Highlights for 2006

Volume 28, Number 4 [2006]

Message from the Chair
Mary C. Molinaro, Chair

State Bar of California, Family Law Executive Committee Judicial Officer Of The Year for 2006
John D. Hodson, Esq.

State Bar of California, Family Law Executive Committee Distinguished Person of the Year Award For 2006
Peter M. Walzer, Esq.

Spying On Spouses: What Are The Rules?
Lynette Berg Robe, CFLS

Transmutation Landmine: Marriage of Starkman’s Questionable Application of the MacDonald Test and Failure to Acknowledge the Possibility of “Estate Planning Transmutations” under Federal Tax Law
Gregory W. Herring, CFLS

FLEXCOM’s Role in Legislation – An Inside Look
Elizabeth L. Harrison, CFLS

Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions
Beverly Brautigam, CPA

Collaborative Practice In Family Law Endorsed By The Legislature!!!
Hal Bartholomew, CFLS

Dear Jan: Marketing Your Family-Law Practice - Part 3: Meeting New Prospects
Jan C. Gabrielson

Letter to Ethics Board Concerning Attorneys’ Use of Pretexting

Volume 28, Number 3 [2006]

Message from the Chair
Peter M. Walzer, Chair

Message from the Editor
George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS, Editor

Dear Jan: Marketing Your Practice Through Organizations
Jan C. Gabrielson

FLEXCOM’s Judicial Officer of the Year for 2006: The Honorable Cynda Riggins Unger

To Challenge or Not to Challenge? That is the Question. Spotting Bias in a Child Custody Evaluation
Sidney J. Brown, Ph.D.

Common Procedural Traps and Pitfalls
Jay-Allen Eisen

Legal Pinch Hitters Thrown a Curve Ball
Edward Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC

Employee Stock Option Division in Divorce: Valuation, Tax and Risk Considerations
Thea Glazer, CFP®, CDFA™, MS Accounting

How to Avoid Nightmare Clients
Robin M. Estes

Volume 28, Number 2 [2006]

Message from the Chair
Peter M. Walzer, Chair

Message from the Editor
George N. Seide, Esq.

The Impact of Refinances in Moore-Marsden Calculations
Mark Kohn, CPA, CFE, CVA, ABV

Is There A Right to Oral Testimony in Family-Law Trials? IRMO Elkins Before the Supreme Court
Peter M. Walzer

New Uses for an Old Tool: ESOP’s in Divorce Court
Vanita Spaulding, CFA, ASA and Mark Bowers, Esq.

Dear Jan: Get the Clients You Want
Jan C. Gabrielson

The Window of Opportunity to Set Aside a Default Paternity Judgment more than Two-Years Old Based on a DNA Test Closes October 28, 2006
Arnold Freedland, Esq.

California Structured Support Authorities
Matthew G. Grimmer, Esq.

Credit Where It’s Due: Family Lawyers Should Accept Credit Card Payments
Ed Poll

Second Annual Family Law ADR Symposium: May 20, 2006
Wendy Landis

Family Law Offers of Proof: A Procedural Enigma
John E. Harding, Esq., CFLS

Private Adjudication: the Good, the Bad, and the Cautionary
Alexandra Leichter

Vocational Expert, the Underutilized Resource
Lisa Suhonos, M.S., C.D.M.S.

Volume 28, Number 1 [2006]

Message from the Chair
By Peter M. Walzer, Chair

Message from the Editor
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS, Editor

Accounting for the Prenuptial Agreement
By Jack M. White, CPA / ABV

Basic Requirements for a Lis Pendens
By Laine Wagenseller

Walking Through the Lis Pendens Minefield
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS

Three Pitfalls To Avoid When Operating A Family-Run Business
By Michael J. Conway

Second Annual Family Law ADR Symposium
May 20, 2006

Asserting The Attorney-Client Privilege After A Client’s Death
By William R. Burford

Portions of the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Legislation of Interest to Family Law Practitioners
By Christopher Celentino

The Current State of Divorce Stock Option Taxation
By Leslie Dawson

Practice Pointers: Protecting Your Client’s Privacy in Depositions
By Jane Preece, Esq.

Venue: First To Serve Or First To File?
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS

Summary of Recent Family Law Cases & Legislation

Letters to the Editor

Volume 27, Number 4 [2005]

Message from the Chair
By Peter M. Walzer, Chair

Message from the Editor
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS, Editor

The “PASS Payment”: Negotiating the Professional Athlete’s Child Support Obligations
By Matthew G. Grimmer, Katherine A. Kinser, and Jonathan J. Bates

2005 Judicial Officer of the Year: Judge William J. Howatt, Jr.
By Charlene S. Baron

High-Conflict Divorce and The Personalities That Drive Them
By Sidney J. Brown, Ph.D.

Family Law/Juvenile Law Crossover Issues: Step Parent Adoption
By Steven Liss

FC 4251(c), A Second Bite at the Apple
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS

On The Fringe: Analyzing Perquisites
By Ron J. Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CDFA, DABFA

The Effect Of Jewish Divorce Law On Family Law Litigation
By Alexandra Leichter

Grahm v. Superior Court Reaffirms Kumar Under the UCCJEA
By Tim Reuben and Stephanie Blum

Major Tax Pitfalls for Domestic Partners
By William F. Wolf

Letters to the Editor

The Current State of Marital Nullities as they Compare to Marital Dissolutions
By Evan T. Sussman with the help of Harold J. Cohn

Extending The Impact Of Domestic Violence Protective Orders
By Lynette Berg Robe, C.F.L.S. and Melvyn Jay Ross, C.F.L.S.

Volume 27, Number 3 [2005]

Message from the Chair
By Gregory W. Herring, Chair

Message from the Editor
By Jane S. Preece, Editor

The New Bankruptcy Law And Divorce
By David A. Tilem

The California State Disbursement Unit--What You Should Know
By Bill Otterbeck

Family Code Section 2032: Using The Spousal Support Connection In Arguing Attorney Fees
By Robert A. Roth

Hot Tip For Practitioners
By Kathleen Robertson

Islamic Marriage Contracts and Women’s Rights
By Kristine Uhlman / UmHani

QDRO Confusion Leads to Audit, Tax Court
By Michael J. Jones, CPA

Property Division in Default Cases
By Jane S. Preece

Further Guidance For Dividing Stock Options In Divorce--ISO’s
By Terry M. Hargrave CPA/ABV, CFE and Gregory R. Weichbrodt, MBA

Second Annual Family Law ADR Symposium
By Wendy Landes

A New Tool in the Arena of Paternity Disestablishment: An Overview of Recently Enacted Assembly Bill 252
By Fesia A. Davenport

Through the Looking Glass: A Contrarian View of Delaney
By Arnold Breyer

Volume 27, Number 2 [2005]

Message from the Chair
By Gregory W. Herring, Chair

Message from the Editor
By Jane S. Preece, Editor

The Life Insurance Money Went to the Wrong People!
By Glen Janken, CFP, CLU

Prudent Practitioners Must Place a Premium on Careful Premarital Practices
By Peter M. Walzer

The Legislature Properly Defeated AB 1307’s Mandate of Equal Joint Custody
By Julie Saffren

Conflicting Custody and Restraining Orders: A Problem with No Solution or Pity the Officer
By Jane S. Preece

The Lesser Known ‘Wilson Order’ for Enforcement of Child Support
By Raymond R. Goldstein

Advance Health Care Directives
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS

Bobb Set-Asides: Dispensing With 473(b) Motions in Default County Cases
By Jane S. Preece

Non-Judicial Termination of Domestic Partnership
By George N. Seide, Esq., CFLS

Estate Planning Checklist for Divorce Clients
By Charles S. Tigerman

Hot Tips for Practitioners
By Kathleen Robertson

Book Review: The Batterer as Parent--Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics Dynamics By Lundy Bancroft and Jay G. Silverman
By Susan G. Millmann

Family Law News Service Directory

Volume 27, Number 1 [2005]

Message from the Chair
By Gregory W. Herring, Chair

Message from the Editor
By Jane S. Preece, Editor

“A War on Two Fronts”--The Explosion in Spousal Tort Litigation
By Joan M. Cotkin

The New Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
By Mark E. Sullivan

Operation Stand-By: What is it, How do I join?
By Mark E. Sullivan

What Does a Father’s Name on a Birth Certificate Really Mean?
By Jane S. Preece

Who Keeps the Low Property Tax Base?
By Beverly Brautigam

Business Goodwill in a Marital Dissolution--Historical Evolution and Present Agreement
By Stephen D. McMorrow, CPA, CBA

The Practical Pre-Nup: Why Clients Should Choose Mediation or Collaborative Law to Create a Premarital (or Postmarital) Agreement
By Belinda Hanson and Mu-En Steeg

Contested Guardianship Cases: An Overview
By Ana M. Storey

New Laws Affecting Family Law Cases In California
By Annette Borzakian, Esq.

New Law Gives Deceived Dads Second Bite At Apple
By Jane S. Preece

The Next Generation in Family Law Practice
By John E. Harding, JD, CFLS

Thomas Jefferson, The Blair Divorce, and The Declaration Of Independence
By Glen L. Rabenn, C.F.L.S.

Volume 26, Number 4 [2004]

Message from the Chair
By Gregory W. Herring, Chair

Message from the Editor
By Jane S. Preece, Editor

Family Law Section Executive Committee’s Legislative Year – 2004
By Diane Wasznicky

2004 Judicial Officer of the Year: Commissioner Cynthia Denenholz
By Lulu L. Wong

You Make How Much ?!!!
By Arnold Breyer

Family Law Change Will Affect Registered Domestic Partners
By Peter M. Walzer and Yvonne V. Champana

The Effect of AB 205 on Employer-Provided Benefits of Registered Domestic Partners
By Amiram J. Givon

Basic Immigration Law For Family-Law Attorneys
By Diane Mahoney

Immigration Options for Victims of Domestic Violence
By Mona Patel-Sikora

Sale of the Family Residence in a Dissolution Proceeding: the Most Frequently Encountered Tax Issues
By Alexandra M. Kwoka

Appointment of Receivers in Family Law Cases
By Michael D. Myers

Recognizing Risk of International Custody Abduction to the Non-Hague, Islamic Countries
By Kristine Uhlman / UmHani

Volume 26, Number 3 [2004]

Message from the Chair
By Nancy Perkovich, Chair

Message from the Editor
By Peter M. Walzer, Editor

The Summer Doldrums: FLEXCOM Responds to SB 730
By Peter M. Walzer

Senator Burton’s Letter to Assembly Member Corbett

FLEXCOM Letter to Larry Doyle

Classifying Fiduciary Duty Issues
By Stephen James Wagner, CFLS

The Pressure To Overrepresent And To Underrepresent: What Should You Do And Refuse To Do For Your Client?
By Stuart B. Walzer and Jan C. Gabrielson

Filling a Child Support Gap
By Laura C. Fry

International Child Custody Disputes-Federal Supremacy Reigns
By Gabriele Mezger-Lashly

Domestic Violence Prevention Act: Emerging Issues on its 25th Anniversary
By Susan G. Millman

Dear Jan: Looking Back
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Tangled Web: Helpful Internet Sites for Family Law Practitioners
By Peter M. Walzer

Caregiver’s Authorization: Grandma’s Little Helper
By Jane S. Preece

Family Law Manual Helps Lawyers Assist Limited-Income Individuals

Volume 26, Number 2 [2004]

Message from the Chair
By Nancy Perkovich

Message from the Editor
By Peter Walzer

In re Marriage of Steiner and Hosseini: The Unconstitutionality of Family Code § 2107(d)
By Jay-Allen Eisen and C. Athena Roussos

Home Is (Not Necessarily) Where the Heart Is
By Arnold Breyer

Work Habits
By Stuart B. Walzer

Pending Legislation
By Lulu L. Wong

Hidden Value: What Family Law Attorneys Don't Know About Life Insurance
By Glen Janken, CFP, CLU

Collaborative Negotiation: A New Approach To Family Law
By Hal D. Bartholomew, C.F.L.S., Fellow A.A.M.L.

Book Review
Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing a Borderline or Narcissist

By Cheryl Anne Row

Volume 26, Number 1 [2003-2004]

Message from the Chair
By Nancy Perkovich

Message from the Editor: Family Law News is Proud to Bring You the “Dream Team of Family Law Pundits”
By Peter Walzer, Editor

Judge Aviva K. Bobb Is Named Judicial Officer of the Year
Editors

Fiduciary Duty: Lessons We Will Learn
By Garrett C. Dailey, Esq., CFLS

The Consequences of Refinancing During Marriage
By Thomas W. Wilson

The Impact of Marriage of Delaney: No Good (Grant) Deed Goes Unpunished
By Stephen James Wagner, ACFLS

Pillow Talk Is Back: Postmarital Agreements in a Postmodern World
By Denise Brogna and Wendy Lascher

Los Angeles County’s Courthouse-Based Legal Services
By Jane S. Preece

Dear Jan: Objecting To Declarations
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Volume 25, Number 3 [2003]

Message from the Chair
By Diana L. Dorame, Chair

From the Editor
By Gregory W. Herring

The Continuing Saga of Family Code Section 721
By Diane E. Wasznicky

Letters to the Editor

Milestone

Prudent Investor Rule Does Not Apply To Investment Decisions Made During Marriage – Yet
By By Garrett C. Dailey, Esq., CFLS1

Looking Ahead: How to Increase the Chances of Winning on Appeal
By Wendy Cole Lascher and Gabriele Mezger-Lashly

What Judicial Officers and Attorneys Should Know About Psychological Testing in Child Custody Matters
By Allen W. Gottfried, Ph.D., Kay Bathurst, Ph.D., & Adele E. Gottfried, Ph.D., Professors of Psychology and Licensed Psychologists

Moving Forward for Children: Child Support in California
By Curtis L. Child, Director, California Department of Child Support Services

Practical Reflections of a California Divorce Lawyer: Dear Jan, Is There a Draft in Here?
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Techniques for Discovering Unreported Income
By Mark Kohn, CPA, CFE, CVA, ABV

Volume 25, Number 2

Message from the Chair
By Diana L. Dorame

From the Editor
By Gregory W. Herring

Legislative Recap of 2002
By Diane E. Wasznicky

What Words Don't You Understand - Fiduciary or Duty? In Amending Family Code Section 721, the Legislature Gives Unhappy Couples One More Thing to Fight About
By Peter M. Walzer and Gregory W. Herring

Judge Donna J. Hitchens Receives Judicial Officer of the Year Award
By David A. Fink

Dear Jan: Using Your Best Judgment
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Nuts & Bolts: Honey, I Want the Kids Part I - Temporary Custody Overview
By Irwin J. Borof

How Much? A Brief History of Family Support Calculators
By Martin Dean and Jean M. Schulz

What You Need to Know, and Be Aware of, When Bifurcating Issues - Appellate Pitfals and Other Hidden Traps
By Richard Sherman

Volume 25, Number 1 [2002]

Message from the Chair
By Diana L. Dorame

From the Editor
By Kathryn Kirkland, Editor

Savings As An Element of the Marital Standard Of Living: A Critique of Drapeau and Some Antidotes for the Supporting Spouse
By Richard Sherman

NUTS & BOLTS -- The Initial Client Interview: Marriage Is an Unnatural Act Between Consenting Adults
By Irwin J. Borof, Certified Family Law Specialist

The Tax Deductibility of Attorneys’ Fees in a Marital Dissolution
By: Peter M. Walzer, CFLS and Terry M. Hargrave, CPA

Volume 24, Number 4

Message from the Chair
By Tracey Jensen

From the (Assistant) Editor
By Gregory W. Herring, Assistant Editor

Why I Am No Longer A Special Master
By Robert Beilin, Ph.D.

The Changed-Circumstance Rule and the Best Interest of the Child: In Cases Involving the Relitigation of Custody, the Courts Have Failed to Provide Clarity
By Judge Richard Montes, Harold J. Cohn, and Shelley L. Albaum

Practical Solutions for Obtaining Ostler/Smith Orders Following Marriage of Hall

AB 583: How to Comply with New Changes in Disclosure Requirements
By LeRoy Humpal and Sarah Davis

NUTS & BOLTS --
Temporary Spousal Support: From the Easy Case to the Hard One

By Irwin J. Borof, Certified Family Law Specialist

Legislative Alert: Passage of Senate Bill 78 Begins a New Era for Premarital Agreements and Raises Many Questions
By Christopher M. Moore

Child Molesting Cases for Family Lawyers
By David Michael Bigeleisen

Volume 24, Number 3

Message from the Chair
By Tracey Jensen

From the Editor
By Kathryn Kirkland, San Francisco

DEAR JAN -- Watch What You File
By Jan C. Gabrielson

NUTS & BOLTS -- How to Prepare a Damn Good OSC Declaration
By Irwin J. Borof, Certified Family Law Specialist

Contempt Hearings: Are They Civil or Criminal?
By Max A. Goodman

Stock Options, Community Property and Divorce
By Michael J. Jones

Volume 24, Number 2

A Comparitive Analysis of the Use and Abuse of Minor’s Counsel in the United States
By Frieda Gordon

From the Editor
By James S. Veltman

Alienation And Alignment of Children
By Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D.

The Valuation of Leasehold Improvements
By Mark Kohn

DEAR JAN - Write It Right
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Volume 23, Number 3, 2002

Message from the Chair
By Tracey Jensen

Contempt Hearings: Are they Civil or Criminal?
By Max A. Goodman

From the Editor
By Kathryn Kirkland, San Francisco

Stock Options, Community Property and Divorce
By Michael J. Jones

DEAR JAN: Watch What You File
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Table of New Family Law Legislation for 2002

NUTS & BOLTS: How to Prepare a Damn Good OSC Declaration
By Irwin J. Borof

Family Law Standing Committees Expanded

Volume 23, Number 2, 2001

From the Editor
By James S. Veltman

A Comparative Analysis of the Use and Abuse of Minor’s Counsel in the United States
By Frieda Gordon, Esq. CFLS

Alienation And Alignment Of Children
By Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D.

The Valuation of Leasehold Improvements
By Mark Kohn, CPA/ABV, CVA

Dear Jan -- "Write it Right"
By Jan C. Gabrielson

Volume 23, Number 1, 2001 (Spring)

The Equitable Division of Stock Options
By Jerald Udinsky, Ph.D., A.S.A., and John E. Miller, LLB

Dear Jan: Drafting Effective Declarations February 2001
By Jan C. Gabrielson

A Message From the Chair
By Suzanne Harris

Using Laches to Defend Against Child Support Collection
By Tanya E. Prioste and Shane R. Ford

From the Editor
By James S. Veltmann

Family Law News Index through Volume 23 (2000)
Compiled by Alison L. Patton and Jennifer Jackson, San Francisco and James S. Veltmann, San Diego

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