California Lawyers Association

Family Law Section

Updates and events from the Family Law Section

Within an hour of the statewide “shelter in place” order being issued, I received my first call from a client regarding whether their parenting plan should continue in light of the unprecedented changes in our daily lives caused by the Covid-19 virus. It was not the last call I received. Read more
With more companies allowing their employees to work remotely, the remote workplace poses unique security challenges for companies. Because employees are not physically working on-site, they're often relying on their own Wi-Fi networks and devices to access company data.  To mitigate security risks, companies must implement clear and comprehensive policies and take proactive measures to ensure the safety and integrity of company data. Read more
Yulissa Zulaica and Joseph Urbanski, of Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica, will provide insights as to: Estate Planning changes during divorce – what can and what can’t you do? Which court has jurisdiction? What about spousal and child support? What about enforcement of the Marital Settlement Agreement? And debts? Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the world around us is changing rapidly, the practice of family law being no exception. As practitioners and judicial officers we are now faced with an array of issues never experienced before, be it court closures, limited financial resources of litigants, and the balance of our own health and safety. All of these have the high potential to impair our ability to perform our essential services to the public. Read more
Recent Family Law Cases (current through 3/21/20)
[Opinions available at:]
By: Stephen D. Hamilton, CFLS
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Read more
Your CLA Family Law Section leaders understand the struggles we face dealing with society’s response to the COVID 19 Virus, the County Health Services Shelter Order, and the need to continue to function. Read more
Jeff. Stegner, CPA-ABV and Natalie McFarlin, CPA-ABV will be discussing the various types of equity compensation they have worked with and apportioned between Community and Separate property. They will cover the documents needed to make such calculations as well as the types of methods used to make such apportionments (Hug / Nelson / Sequential). They will also work through real property apportionments including Moore / Marsden and Branco calculations and the documents necessary to complete such assessments. Read more
This webinar will focus on Grandparent claims for custodial, visitation and guardianship rights related to minor children in existing domestic matters and the method for bringing claims where no present suit exists. Includes overview of past applicable statutory/case authority, recent legislation/case law developments, available avenues to grandparents with claims, and remedies/defenses available to parents. Also briefly addresses stepparent visitation issues. Read more
Recent Family Law Cases (current through 2/24/2020)
[Opinions available at:]
By: Stephen D. Hamilton, CFLS Read more
The Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) is seeking new members for our next term. FLEXCOM is an exciting way to give back to the family law community through legislative review and drafting, continuing legal education, and writing. Our committee is comprised of a diverse group of family law practitioners throughout the State of California with a wide variety of expertise and we need you! Read more

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