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Questions to Ask Your Lawyer Before Your Child Custody Hearing

When parents in a custody case cannot negotiate a custody agreement and parenting schedule, that is when parties often end up in court.  This blog outlines a few questions that you should ask your lawyer before the child custody hearing begins. How are sole custody and joint custody different from one another? This is a common question that nearly all clients will at some point ask their Orange County... 

How To Cope With A Divorce That You Don’t Want

Making a decision on whether you want to get a divorce or not is an important one since it will have ramifications and repercussions that are far-reaching.  However, it is important to understand that California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you do not have to cite a fault for the divorce. The only basis for a California divorce is either “irreconcilable differences” or “incurable... 

Senate Holds Hearing on High Skilled H-1B Workers as FY 2017 H-1B Season Begins

The Senate held a hearing on February 25, 2016 on the H-1B high skilled worker program just as employers around the United States are preparing to file for foreign nationals to fill key roles on a temporary basis. The H-1B program permits a U.S. employer to file for a foreign national to temporarily fill a position in the United States provided the position requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree,... 

Even cyclists need to be on the lookout for distracted drivers

It’s bad enough that drivers and pedestrians have to be on the alert for distracted drivers, but not many people think about cyclists. Cyclists are a large part of the driving landscape in many American cities, and if a driver is texting while behind the wheel, the cyclist is at risk of being hit. Houston, one of America’s largest cities, still lets drivers text while traveling on freeways, although... 

Chicago Surgical Patient Alleges Medical Malpractice During Gall Bladder Surgery

Alfred Matthews went to the hospital for a routine gall bladder surgery. During his operation, the surgeon allegedly severed his common bile duct. Matthews filed a personal injury lawsuit against the hospital Orland Park in Chicago, the surgeon Dr. James O’Donnell and two other named defendants doing business under Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation. According to the statement of claim, the... 

VA’s new policy on robotic legs to help more paralyzed vets walk

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will pay for robotic legs that could help many paralyzed veterans who have spinal cord injuries walk again. ReWalk Robotics makes electronic leg braces with motion sensors and motorized joints that allow individuals to stand upright and walk. The company said the VA’s decision means that injured veterans can be considered for a personal unit after... 

Tips On How To Prepare for A Child Custody Evaluation

In family law and divorce cases where parents cannot work out a custody arrangement, and in situations where custody is hotly-contested, one option in addition to the testimony of the parents and third party witnesses is what is known in California as a “730 child custody evaluation.” What is a 730 child custody evaluation?  Essentially, it is a court-ordered child custody evaluation under... 

A Quick Guide to Modifying Child Support Payments

Whether you’re the spouse paying alimony and child support to your ex, or the one receiving it, there may come a time when you find the numbers you had decided on are no longer feasible and need an update. Here’s a quick guide to how you can modify child support payments – upward or downward, depending on your needs. Asking for more At the time of your divorce settlement, you made certain... 

Do You Still Need To Hire A Lawyer In Divorce Mediation?

While a mediated divorce is a hell of a lot better than a litigated divorce, the fact remains that you may still need to hire a lawyer as part of the divorce process. It is important to note that the mediation process involves a lot of legal provisioning and hence can’t be completed without the help of a trained mediator who should ideally happen to be a legal professional as well. Some of the reasons... 

What Happens to Your Retirement Savings In A Divorce?

Retirement assets are often the single biggest asset for many divorcing couples today, and if enough attention isn’t paid to the small stuff – the consequences can be dire. Here is what you must know before you sign off on an agreement or settlement with your soon-to-be ex. QDROs: The earlier the better A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) must often be drawn up to divide key retirement... 
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