2012

Blog Posts in 2012

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

    || 22-Sep-2012

    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, friends and society. Let's now discuss how this plays out in life -- I mean for the heterosexual community. Homosexual people often marry heterosexual people because they don't need to deal ...
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  • 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 underlying findings support the conclusion that divorce is too expensive for the poorest Americans.In fact, the article states that “the financial costs and benefits of divorce extend beyond the ...
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  • 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 case.For example, if a case involves issues of child safety and/or certain levels of domestic violence, litigation could possibly be the most appropriate way in which to proceed.One of the programs being ...
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  • 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 talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when ...
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  • 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 back then and still well-regarded to this day). For what, I have absolutely no idea. Other than being exceptional at the use of the adversarial system to create permanent damage to families, I see no ...
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  • 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 your family will be functional or dysfunctional from that day forward. Abraham Lincoln’s Notes for a Law Lecture dated July 1, 1850, provide in pertinent part as follows: “Discourage ...
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  • Judicial Bias - A Variable That Is Often Overlooked in Family Law Litigation

    || 14-Jan-2012

    “ 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 and dignity of the judicial process from judicial bias has been hailed as ‘the palladium of our judicial system.’ ” In fact, California Code of Judicial Ethics provides in part as ...
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