Family Law Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

What Happens to the Family After the Parents Split Ways

Letting go of something that you as a parent and a couple have fought for through many years is never easy. Many young parents and now separated couples are finding that breaking up a family is not an easy task.

While it be through divorce or through “separation” splitting a family is difficult for all those involved. However in the end it could be for the best. So what exactly happens when a family is ultimately split apart? There are certain steps that must be taken to ensure that any children involved are to be protected and raised properly.

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Written by Edward Lai

Tips on What NOT to do During a Divorce

The unfortunate trend in today’s society is divorce.  Gone are the days when couples stayed together forever. Many more couples are finding themselves in court rather than in a retirement home together.

While the divorce proceedings could take months or even years to complete, one must learn to avoid several behaviors that many adults find themselves in. Here are several common mistakes young adults make while going through divorce:

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Construction Defect Family Law
Written by Edward Lai

Handling Family Business Disputes

Any lawyer who has handled family business disputes can say that these cases tend to get ugly, protracted and destructive. This is normally caused by the family members in power not wanting to relinquish that power over time or at all. However, a good litigator will be able to handle these disputes as long as they are well prepared and willing to go to the extra mile.

But why are family business disputes so important? For most a family business would mean a small mom and pop store that has been in the family for many years. However, it should be noted that several large businesses have been family run and owned for many years. Many businesses even employ hundreds of thousands of employees.

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Written by Edward Lai

A Look into the Key Points of California’s Domestic Violence Law

Domestic violence is something that California is seeking to prevent and lessen with strict laws and fitting punishment for those found guilty of the act. The state identifies domestic violence as an act an individual commits against a relation as defined by the California Penal Code.

These relationships include: spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant in a home, a parent whom the individual has a child with, or a partner in a dating relationship. Because domestic violence usually is paired with child abuse, California lawmakers are constantly trying to help those who are affected by domestic violence.

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Written by Edward Lai

Four Out of Five Couples Do Not Abide by Divorce Law

New figures have revealed that four out of five couples who are divorcing do not abide by correct divorce laws. The law that is mostly typically ignored is the law that couples are required to consider mediation before they go to court for the divorce.

These numbers stem from a report conducted by National Family Mediation. The report states that an overwhelming 80% of all couples who are separating due to divorce do not follow the 2014 ruling requiring the presence of both parties at mediation information and assessment meanings (MIAMs).

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Family Law Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Annulment vs. Divorce

Annulment and divorce are two sides of the same coin. While both methods effectively end a marriage, they do so in similar but different ways.

Divorced or Single

One of the biggest differences between divorce and annulment is that of civil status after each has already been completed. For divorce there is now a check box under civil status for divorced, while if the couple chooses annulment all parties involved has the right to check the box indicating they are single. This is because the annulment process pretty much makes it as if the marriage never took place.

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Lawyer, Child Support,Family Law
Written by Edward Lai

Simple Guide to Child Support

The way the appropriate amount of child support is calculated is usually a long and complicated process. Generally the lawyers of all the concerned parties use complex and expensive calculation software which takes into consideration a variety of factors.

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Written by Edward Lai

Family-based Immigration Limit Bill Revived by Lawmakers

US lawmakers have recently revived a bill that will expand the immigration eligibility of immediate family members as well as spouses of same-sex marriages. The lawmakers include several Democratic representatives of the US House of Representatives.

One high profile member is Mike Honda from California, who also sponsored the Reuniting Families Act (RFA). Honda states that the RFA will help thousands of families become reunited by using thousands of visas that have gone unused.

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Written by Edward Lai

A Guide to Divorce Mediation

Going through a divorce is never an easy thing, especially knowing that there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. For those who are not in the know, divorce through mediation means that each spouse agrees that a third party mediator will help to resolve the issues between each party and end the marriage as amicably and cost effectively as possible.

What the Mediator has to take into Consideration

One of the most critical things that all parties must take into consideration is the children that are affected by the divorce proceedings. The mediator must review the side of both parties and come to an amicable solution to parenting time and custody. However, with a situation as sensitive as children the mediator must take all the information given very carefully and seriously.

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Family Law, Lawyer
Written by Edward Lai

Americans with Disabilities Act Overview – Part 2

As discussed previously in Part 1, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in certain areas of public life, such as employment, education, transportation, and both public and private places. The law ensures that disabled individuals have equal rights and opportunities in the United States. The ADA is made up of five titles (sections), each pertinent to an area of public life. Part 2 discussed Titles III, IV and V.

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