Visitation Reluctance and Parental Alienation

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association devoted the May edition of its Valley Lawyer magazine to family law matters. A couple of interesting articles highlighted some important and related issues to watch out for in a high-conflict divorce: the reluctance of children to participate in visitation with the non-custodial parent; and the situation where the…

Can a California divorce be Stopped?

If one spouse files for divorce or legal separation in California, may the other spouse stop the process by arguing the filing party doesn’t know what he is doing? That was more or less the situation in a recent case decided by the California Court of Appeal entitled Marriage of Greenway.  In Greenway, the parties had…

Why Does My Divorce Take So Long?

This is a question that many people ask.  There is no one specific answer — though the court funding crisis might be one reason and the number of disputes in a contentious case might be another.  But one of the biggest roadblocks to either a settlement or trial is the failure to expeditiously do a…