Family Law

Limitations on Spousal Privilege in California

Spousal privilege is a legal rule that says that a married couple can keep certain information from being revealed in court. This privilege is based on the idea that marriage is a private relationship and that spouses should be able to communicate freely without fear of their words being used against them. The privilege is… read more

Who Is The Affiant When Signing an Affidavit in California?

In an affidavit, the affiant is the person swearing that the statements contained in the affidavit are true. Typically, the only other person who signs an affidavit is a notary public. California affidavits are governed by the California Code of Civil Procedure. An affiant must be very careful to ensure that all of the statements… read more

What Happens During an Emergency Child Custody Hearing in San Diego, California?

Child custody is one of the most contentious issues that couples fight about in San Diego family courts. California encourages parents to work together to develop a parenting plan and custody arrangement that is best for the entire family. Unfortunately, the court must intervene in some cases to decide on custody matters.  Typically, child custody… read more

Gaslighting: How to Recognize Your Spouse’s Manipulative Behavior

The term “gaslighting” comes from a movie released in 1944. In Gaslight, a husband tries to convince his wife that she is crazy. He intends to have her committed to a mental institution, giving him control over her inheritance. The husband uses several techniques that cause his wife to question her grip on reality.  Unfortunately,… read more

San Diego County Family Law Courts

Family law courtrooms are a place where emotions tend to run high. After all, issues related to family law are often difficult. When you begin legal proceedings in a family law court, knowing what to expect along the way can help you to prepare to meet unique and difficult challenges. Attending Family Law Court Most… read more

What’s Attorney-Client Privilege?

It can be difficult to disclose sensitive personal information to a stranger. Therefore, when you decide to talk to a family law attorney, you want to know that what you say will be held in confidence. You may not want your partner to learn about what you say to a lawyer. Attorney-client privilege can give… read more

How to File for Legal Separation in California

In the state of California, there are three ways to end a marriage: divorce, annulment, or legal separation. All of these methods require spouses to fill out and file several forms.  Legal separation is the only option that does not fully and permanently dissolve the marriage. Though many of the same things happen in a… read more

What Are Family Law Interrogatories?

Family law matters that go to trial follow a similar process as other lawsuits. Most cases begin when a party files a petition or complaint in court and serves it on the opposing party. The opposing party files an answer or another response to the allegations. Because of the nature of family law matters, there… read more