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Family Law Section

Updates and events from the Family Law Section

This is an Indian Child Welfare Act case where inquiry and notice were not properly effectuated in the trial court. After termination of parental rights, the Department (of Children and Family Services) conducted the further ICWA inquiry as required and submitted its findings to the juvenile court and the juvenile court made findings that ICWA noticing and investigation was completed and that the ICWA was inapplicable. Subsequently the Department petitioned to supplement the record with that finding and moved the appellate court to dismiss the appeal as moot. The Appellate court declined. Read more
While the family law attorney is focused on asset division, court filings and deadlines, and custody disputes, a terrific estate planning attorney can help the client prepare for a bright future and protect themselves and their assets should the worst happen before divorce is final. Read more
This case involves domestic violence between the parents in the children’s presence. After an initial voluntary services period, and another incident which father reported to their worker, and an executed adjustment, the Department filed a petition and detained the children. The juvenile court also Read more
The Collaborative Practice model for divorce is an important way of reaching agreements, including about highly contentious issues, with difficult personalities and entrenched family dynamics. Read more
During post-permanency (after a permanent plan is chosen following termination of efforts to reunify children with their parents*), mother filed a Welfare and Institutions Code (W&I) §388 petition for additional reunification services. Read more
The 2022 Family Law Awards form can be found here. Read more
The Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) is seeking new members for our next term. Read more
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