Pasadena Family Law Blog

Pasadena Family Law Blog

  • I just had my interview with Jan Stevens on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO - CBS Los Angeles. The topic was premarital agreements. We discussed the reality that everyone who marries has a premarital agreement, whether or not they realize it. They either accept the "default" prenup, which consists of the Family Law Code in existence in the jurisdiction in which you reside, at the time of the divorce, ...
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  • On June 23, 2015, I was the guest-of-honor at Michael Levine's monthly "City Talk" at Luna Park and the topic was conflict resolution. After everyone had introducted themselves, Michael asked me to briefly explain my path to conflict resolution and why I am so passionate about it. I explained the impact my parents' litigated divorce had on our family dynamics, how it led to our ...
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  • June 23, 2015 Michael Levine's "CITY TALK" How to Resolve or otherwise Manage Conflict Professionally and Personally " The average 'financial cost' of a divorce in the United States is estimated to be $20,000.00 per person. While some divorces only cost a few hundred dollars, others can cost millions of dollars. 'Each case has its own 'price point.' The ...
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  • Mark Baer Crowned Most Compassionate Family Mediator by Corporate America

    || 22-Jun-2015

    Mark Baer has recently been recognized by The Corporate America Legal Elite of 2015 as "Most Compassionate Family Mediator—California." The Legal Elite award is designed to "shine a spotlight on the most well respected lawyers, barristers, attorneys and firms in the business, highlighting the game changing work, stellar customer service and amazing results that have made them ...
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  • Kelley, I agree with some of the information contained in your article and with your ultimate conclusion; however, I have the following issues: First, while many lawyers may be sympathetic, there is a HUGE difference between sympathy and empathy. You see, empathy connects people and sympathy disconnects them. Social and emotional skills such as empathy are essential to conflict resolution. ...
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  • Mark Baer's Radio Interview on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

    || 13-Jun-2015

    I just had my interview on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO - CBS Los Angeles. The producer told me that the segment only lasts for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes, but that Bob Brill gave me 4 minutes because he liked what I had to say. I covered the fact that the biggest mistake people make when divorcing is not to consider the process they want to use BEFORE selecting an attorney. Family law is litigation. Therefore, if ...
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  • An Insider's Tips for a Successful Divorce

    || 11-Jun-2015

    On Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8:20 a.m. PST, Mark Baer will be a guest on KNX 1070 News Radio. The topic will be "An Insider's Tips for a Successful Divorce." I was last interviewed on KNX on January 20, 2014. On this occasion, I will be a guest on Bob Brill 's program. Mr. Brill is an Award-winning anchor at CBS Radio LA. I was amazed at how many people mentioned that they had ...
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  • De-Escalating Conflict through Service Delivery

    || 10-Jun-2015

    On February 5, 2015, I presented at the San Gabriel Valley Family Law Study Group on "De-Escalating Parental Conflict Through Service Delivery." The program focused on strategies and behaviors attorneys can leverage to reduce the risk of parental conflict. It was a one hour presentation and it was essentially given to family law litigators. Rather than doing it as a lecture, I decided ...
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  • Always Remember that the Law is a Blunt Object

    || 9-Jun-2015

    In Russia, there is a presumption that marital property be shared equally. You may recall that in 2014, Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev was ordered to pay his wife one-half of his $8.8 Billion fortune. Therefore, unless special circumstances apply, Vladimir Potanin can expect to pay his wife one-half of his $15 Billion fortune. While that may seem "unfair" to some, perspective is ...
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  • On April 27, 2015, Mark Baer was interviewed by Nicola Beer on "Divorce Talk with Nicola Beer." The topic was "How to Protect Children through the Legal Process of Divorce." The description of "Divorce Talk with Nicola Beer" is as follows: "Do you want to save and revive your marriage? Create a new life after divorce? Or perhaps help your children through ...
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  • The enactment of so-called "religious freedom" laws, such as that enacted in Indiana on March 26, 2015, are deeply troubling for a great many reasons. The greatest concern about such laws is not whether or not they are Constitutional, but the disconnection they create. Unfortunately, the level of conflict in the world has been increasing. In order to address this very serious problem, it ...
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  • Empathy Is Incompatible With Shame and Judgment

    || 27-Jan-2015

    On December 8, 2014, the Huffington Post published my article titled " The Power of Empathy." Based upon the response I received from that article, it appears to have been my most important article to date. In fact, it was shared by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the University of ...
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  • The Impact of Religiously Biased Mental Health Professionals

    || 12-Nov-2014

    Anyone familiar with me and/or my work knows that I have a great deal of respect for those involved in the mental health field. I have been a member of the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association since 2008 and have attended almost all of their monthly lunch meetings since joining that organization. I spend a great deal of time reading psychological research and articles and engaging in ...
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  • Last month, Pasadena divorce lawyer Mark Baer was recognized as the best in L.A. for family law and divorce. The Best of Los Angeles Award lauded Mr. Baer's commitment to defusing conflict in divorce and achieving peaceful separations. This in itself is a notable accolade. Add to this that Mr. Baer has just received the rare honor of being selected as a Top 100 Lawyer. Just as the name gives ...
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  • God Bless America!

    || 12-Oct-2013

    Some things are just too coincidental to actually be coincidental and we can find the connection if we look hard enough. In " From mere coincidences to meaningful discoveries," Thomas L. Griffiths and Joshua B. Tenenbaum said, "By attending to coincidences, we have the opportunity to discover that our beliefs are false, and to develop more accurate theories. Our sensitivity to ...
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  • Guardianship

    || 18-Jul-2013

    There are certain circumstances in which someone other than a child's parent might obtain legal and physical custody over a child—or in other words, obtain guardianship of the child. This means that this adult will care for the child just as a parent would, provide all of the child's everyday necessities (such as shelter, food and clothing) and make important decisions concerning the ...
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  • Supervised Visitation in California

    || 12-Jul-2013

    Many divorces result in one parent having primary custody of his or her child and the other parent having visitation rights. While the court generally attempts to respect parents' rights to see their children and spend time with them, certain restrictions on visitation will be imposed if believed to be in the best interests of the child. One example of this is when the court orders monitored ...
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  • Mr. Baer Published in New Book Written by Industry Leaders

    || 11-Jul-2013

    Experts in their respective fields contributed chapters to a book titled Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California, 2013 ed. The list of those writing the book included both powerful figures and industry leaders. Pasadena family lawyer, Mark B. Baer, was approached to write a chapter for this volume. He was honored to be considered alongside these prestigious people. Mr. Baer has ...
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  • Currently, there is a loophole in California law that allows individuals to seek spousal support even after they are convicted for sexually abusing their children or their spouses' children. After a CBS2 news story brought light to this issue, a California legislator is now proposing a Bill that aims to close that loophole, CBS recently reported. CBS2 had previously done a story on a woman ...
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  • Instant Gratification or Long-Term Growth?

    || 22-May-2013

    Last night, a colleague of mine praised me both for my passion and for my marketing skills. I was very pleased that Tawnya Gilreath took it upon herself to correct his misstatement. She stated that I am very skilled at educating people and causing them to think. I must admit that both statements are accurate. If I were not able to effectively get my message out to others, how would I be able to ...
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  • Child Custody & International Child Abduction

    || 11-Mar-2013

    The United States welcomes people from all over the world with open arms. There are a tremendous number of families in the United States where one or both parents are immigrants, lawful permanent citizens, or citizens enjoying dual-citizenship both in the United States and their nation of origin. Divorce is a fact of life, and in the United States, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. ...
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  • A Comparison Between Actual War and Family Law Litigation

    || 9-Feb-2013

    It has long been said that the tongue is sharper than any sword. In fact, the Bible says, "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." (Bible, Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)) Of course, in litigation, we place such words into correspondence, declarations and pleadings in an effort to coerce a "settlement" or otherwise persuade a judge. As they say, ...
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  • – Earlier this month Brittney Spears' former friend Sam Lutfi testified in court that Brittney Spears shaved her head in 2007 because she was afraid it could be tested for drugs. Lutfi said that Spears was afraid the results could be used against her by her ex-husband Kevin Federline in their child custody battle. Under California law, the court could not have forced Spears to submit to ...
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  • On October 2, 2012 a child custody case was brought before the Florida Supreme Court. The judge overseeing the case listened to arguments over a child custody dispute between two lesbians that were formally from Brevard County. Lawyers on both sides said that the outcome of the case was unlikely to affect other couples, whether they were gay or straight. The judge brought up the possibility of ...
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  • Maybe clients would be more satisfied with the outcomes of their cases if they changed the way in which they interviewed and selected the attorneys they retain. When clients consult with attorneys, they frequently ask the attorneys questions of law - they want to know what the law is on a particular issue. Shouldn't any well-regarded attorney know the law in their field of practice? If so, is ...
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