The Impact of a Spouse’s Bankruptcy Filing on Divorce Proceedings

Sandra Mendell is participating in a presentation hosted by the Bankruptcy Law and the Family Law Sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. The presentation “The Impact of a Spouse’s Bankruptcy Filing on Divorce Proceedings” will discuss how a bankruptcy filing can significantly affect property division and support. The presentation will be held on February … Continued

Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers

Daniel Jaffe and William Ryden have received recognition as 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers. Additionally, Mr. Jaffe have been selected every year for Super Lawyer’s exclusive Southern California Top 100. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional … Continued

Spouses ‘Living Separate and Apart’ Cannot Reside in Same Dwelling

Alysia Evans was extensively quoted in an column published by BNA Family Law Report on July 28, 2015 about the California Supreme Court’s ruling in re Davis (Davis v. Davis), which held that living in separate residences is an indispensable threshold requirement for a finding that estranged spouses are ‘‘living separate and apart’’ for purposes … Continued

Divorcing When Parents Have Children with Special Needs

Published in Southern California Mediation Association (July, 2015)
 Divorcing parents who have children with special needs often have many pressing and complex parenting issues to consider that may not be best addressed by the expensive and slow adversarial court system. This article will give the reader a brief overview of the issues that may arise for families … Continued

Transmutation of Law

When the California Supreme Court issues an opinion that addresses a community property issue, family law practitioners take note. In the recent In re Marriage of Valli decision, the court held that a $3.75 million whole life insurance policy that singer Frankie Valli purchased from a third-party insurance company, naming his wife as sole owner … Continued

Non-Litigation Dispute Resolution Options for Parents

Published in Los Angeles Daily Journal (January, 2011)
 Why delay resolution and enter into the frustration and expense of litigation in the ever-changing family law court? Why subject yourself and your children (at a certain age) from offering live testimony? Why not take some modicum of control over your family matter and put it in your own … Continued

Planned Parenthood

Published in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (March, 2009) A significant percentage of divorcing parents continue their conflicts over custody well after obtaining a judgment on custody and visitation. While this percentage declines over time, many so called high-conflict parents remain mired in adversarial litigation for years after divorce. These parents utilize much of the court’s … Continued

Educational Decision Makers: What to do when their identity is not clear?

Published in Children’s Rights litigation Committee, American Bar Association (Spring, 2008) State foster care agencies taking Social Security Benefits (SSB) from foster children epitomizes the institutional immorality faced by children through-out our nation. There is a common practice around the nation of state or local foster care agencies, often called Child Protective Services (CPS) serving as payee … Continued