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By: Stephen L. Cawelti, APCI consider my dog and cat to be a part of the family, and I'm not alone. As a practicing divorce lawyer in the Los Angeles area, I have many of my clients come to me…

When someone goes to court asking for something, due process considerations are in place to help one decide whether he/she should even object.  If you’re okay with it, why waste time fighting it?  Courts should not penalize “defaulting” unless it…

Most will not be surprised to learn that the right of free speech is not absolute. After all, libel is not freely allowed and we all know that you cannot shout, “Fire!” in a crowded theater, at least not without…

I have several cases now, and tons historically, where one of the parties is “on a mission”.  The missions vary, from the woman (and nearly as often, the man) scorned, to disagreements involving coparenting.  Sometimes these missions are worthy, such…

During a recent conversation I had with a law enforcement officer, she told me about her divorce.  She and her husband went to a paralegal to assist with the paperwork and essentially “did it themselves”.  The process was fairly amicable,…

As shocking as it may seem, sometimes the victim of domestic violence is the one that gets arrested.Recently, a DV incident occurred involving a young couple with small children.  When Wife was trying to escape Husband’s attempts to physically restrain…

The New York Times recently reported a story about a young couple divorcing.  Custody of their young son was at issue, and Husband was having his first unsupervised visit after a few weeks of monitored visits due to issues of…

In the last six months, I’ve seen growth in my business in two key areas.  The first is a broad focus on postmarital agreements.  More about those in an upcoming blog post. The second area of growth is premarital agreements…

USA Today recently had an article about the hot new concept of divorce parties. A direct analog to the bachelor/ette party, the divorce party is intended to represent a “rebirth” after the unfortunate right of passage that is marital dissolution.…