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God Bless America!

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. ...
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Guardianship

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 ...
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Supervised Visitation in California

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 ...
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Mr. Baer Published in New Book Written by Industry Leaders

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 ...
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Bill Proposes Banning Spousal Support in Cases Involving Child Sexual Abuse

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 ...
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Instant Gratification or Long-Term Growth?

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 ...
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Child Custody & International Child Abduction

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 ...
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A Comparison Between Actual War and Family Law Litigation

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 ...
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Sam Lutfi Claims Brittney Spears Shaved Her Head to Avoid Drug Testing in Child Custody Battle

– 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 ...
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Former Lesbian Couple Fight for Parental Rights in Egg Donor Case

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 ...
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Why Clients Should Take Some Responsibility for Their Dissatisfaction with the Ultimate Outcomes of their Cases

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, ...
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The Real Life Consequences Resulting from Families and Society Shaming Homosexuals.

I have never been one to mince words. The reason that so many homosexuals have issues with their sexual orientation is because of the shame they experience or expect to experience from their family, ...
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Response to the article and underlying findings that divorce is too expensive for the poorest Americans

On August 20, 2012, an article titled “ Divorce Too Expensive For Poorest Americans, New Study Says ” was published in The Huffington Post. In my opinion, neither this article nor the ...
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Why Attorneys Tend to Disregard Information that Might Help to Improve the Profession

Family law is not spandex and therefore one-size-fits-all does not work.I will be the first person to agree that there is no process for handling divorces that is appropriately suited for every ...
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A Family Is Created When a "Child Happens" from Non-Relationship Sexual Intimacy

“Like it or not, if there are children of the relationship (regardless of their age), the family still exists after the relationship ends." The assumption in the above statement is that a ...
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Did President Obama "Declare War on Marriage" by Expressing His Support for Same-Sex Marriage?

On May 9, 2012, President Obama made the following statement regarding his personal view on the issue of same-sex marriage: "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have ...
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Why I Am Determined to Help People Embrace a More Family Oriented Approach to Divorce and Family Law in General

Litigators have been destroying families for decades, including mine. I was a child of divorce. My parents divorced in 1984 and hired very well-regarded Beverly Hills divorce attorneys (well-regarded ...
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Mark Baer's Keynote Speech Given at The Divorce Expo in Detroit, Michigan on March 23, 2012

Like it or not, if there are children of the relationship (regardless of their age), the family still exists after the relationship ends. The manner in which you end a relationship determines whether ...
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Judicial Bias - A Variable That Is Often Overlooked in Family Law Litigation

“ It is generally agreed that a litigant is entitled to have her case decided by a judge who can approach the facts in a detached and objective manner; indeed, the protection of the integrity ...
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What Triggers Violence in Custody Battles in the United States?

"While violence arising from custody battles in the United States has been a constant presence, the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Domestic Violence has long recognized the ...
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Things to Consider in Order to Select an Attorney Who is a Problem Solver and Not a Conflict Creator

Problem-solving is a hallmark of a good lawyer. It involves a creative attempt to discover a result that may be outside the specific provisions of law, ruling, or statute, but that will represent the ...
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Why Law Schools Are Producing Badly Trained Lawyers

My last Blog, titled " The Misconception that Collaborative Attorneys Fail to Protect Their Clients " was edited for publication in the July/August 2011 edition "Analyze This", the ...
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The Misconception that Collaborative Attorneys Fail to Protect Their Clients

I attended the Sixth Annual Statewide Conference for Collaborative Practice California in San Diego from April 29 - May 1, 2011. The Conference was held at a terrific venue, the speakers were amazing ...
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Family Law in the United States -- An Uncivilized, Unenlightened and Barbaric System

In 1996, the Australian government reformed its family law system in an effort to make it "more responsive to families in need, by making it simpler to negotiate appropriate outcomes." It ...
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Philosophy and the Law

Almost a quarter of a century ago, as a first year law student, I was required to take a course on Philosophy and the Law. I absolutely hated that class, did not understand its importance, and found ...
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