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Can a Grandparent Win Custody or Visitation With a Child in California?

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It is often the case that, where there are issues between two parents over caring for a child, or even where there is just one parent who is unwilling or unable to properly care for a child, that there is also a grandparent in the picture who cares deeply about that child. A...

Can I Get More Spousal Support (Alimony) If I Lost My Job in California?

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Losing a job, or even suffering a loss in pay due to demotion or lack of business when you are an independent contractor, often means less money to pay your expenses and maintain your regular lifestyle. If you are receiving spousal support (also called alimony) from an ex-spouse...

Dealing With False Accusations of Domestic Violence in a California Divorce

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Domestic violence is a very real problem in California, and many divorces involve very real accusations of horrific and traumatic domestic abuse. Which is why it can feel extremely alarming and anxiety-inducing when your spouse accuses you of domestic violence during the process...

Locked Out of Your House During a California Divorce? Read This

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The prospect of divorce can cause dramatic reactions from your spouse. Even if there has never been any domestic violence or anything approaching it, it is not unheard of for one spouse to come home one day to find that he or she has been locked out of the marital house or...

Will I Lose Everything if I File for Bankruptcy in California?

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Bankruptcy is a smart financial move for a great number of people facing debts that they cannot pay. There is a perception that bankruptcy is a failure of sorts, but bankruptcy is often the solution to move beyond a financial failure so that you can become productive again. Both...

Can I Discharge My Student Loan Debt in a California Bankruptcy?

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Filing for bankruptcy can be an effective way to get your financial house in order and create a new beginning for you and your family without being perpetually dragged down by debt. Although a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California requires the debtor to liquidate much (but not all)...

Will a DUI Get You Deported in California?

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Getting pulled over and arrested for a DUI is deeply unpleasant and requires your absolute attention no matter what your situation is. But for those who are in the United States on a visa, as a permanent resident, or without any legal immigration status (“undocumented” ...

What Debts Can Be Erased in a California Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

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No one dreams of the day that they file bankruptcy, but bankruptcy relief is a longstanding tradition of our American legal system that helps people get financial relief and start working towards a more prosperous tomorrow. Many successful people have declared bankruptcy and gone...

Pulled Over For a Marijuana DUI in California? Read This.

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Although Proposition 64 legalized the use of recreational marijuana in California in 2016 (and medicinal marijuana has been legal since 1996), you can still get pulled over and arrested for a marijuana DUI in California in the same way you can be arrested for an alcohol DUI....

What it Takes to Win an Asylum Immigration Case

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The current presidential administration is taking a hard line on immigration, but that doesn’t mean that there are not strategies you can pursue to become a legal resident of the United States. For the most part, the focus of the Trump administration has been on “illegal”...