San Diego Family Law Blog

Mother, Child Relocate to Israel for Free

Shalom Israel! That’s what a mother with custody must be saying after the California Court of Appeal this week allowed her to relocate from California to Israel with her eight-year-old son. This saga has many twists and turns that are highlighted in a 17 page opinion published Wednesday in the case of J.M. v. G.H.  However, the main…

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The Definition of Abuse in California Divorce cases

What happens if a person sees domestic violence but, for the most part, doesn’t actually physically experience it?  According to a decision of the Court of Appeal, it may still count as “abuse”, allowing the person who saw what happened to get a restraining order under California’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). In a 3-0 decision…

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Making It Easier to Get a Restraining Order in California

                What does it take to get a domestic violence restraining order in California?  According to a recent decision by the State’s Court of Appeal, there simply needs to be “an affidavit showing past abuse”.  In other words, the person seeking the restraining order does not have to additionally prove that there is a probability…

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California Judge Gets in Trouble for Treatment of Attorneys

Just because it works on Law and Order or some other television show, doesn’t mean it works in California. The Commission on Judicial Performance has publicly admonished a California judge for being sarcastic.  In one particularly, eggregious situation, the Hon. Ronald M. Sohigian overruled an attorney’s hearsay objection to a question.  The attorney responded, “Your…

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