Is California Family Law better today than it was 30 years ago?

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I struggled a bit writing this. I thought it would be easier finding examples proving that California family law is better now than it was 30 years ago.  Truth is, I’m not sure there have been many improvements since I began practicing in the 1990s. Yet, despite the similarities to 30 years ago, it is […]

Out of court does not mean “out of bounds”

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What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens outside the courtroom will not necessarily remain outside the courtroom.  Do not mistakenly believe that as long as your conduct is okay inside the courtroom, you can do and say whatever you would like in all other situations. Many an ex has made this […]

You’re headed to court—The Dos and Don’ts

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In a courtroom, as in life, first impressions matter. However, in a courtroom second, third, and fourth impressions matter also. Winning a case is difficult enough without adding obstacles, such as the judge disliking you because of your behavior. And it happens more often than you think. Judges are people, too. An insolent, argumentative individual […]

Setting the record straight – pt. II

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In Part I of “Setting the Record Straight” I offered three (3) tips for gathering evidence: Take screenshots, videos, and pictures; Follow up phone or in-person conversations with documents; and Remember that if it is in writing, it can (and probably will) be used as evidence. Below are three (3) more recommendations that can greatly […]

Setting the record straight – pt. 1

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“Get it in writing.”  How many times have you heard that warning?  Whether it is a warranty for a car or an appliance, or a receipt confirming your return of merchandise to a store, the rule is the same. Get hard proof. Court is no different, whether it is trial court or appeals court. Hence, […]

Asset hide-and-go-seek: Finding what your spouse is hiding

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Too often spouses attempt to hide assets during a divorce, despite the severe repercussions if caught. Penalties range from being charged with perjury and fraud to being forced to hand over 100% of the hidden asset to the other spouse. Nevertheless, according to a survey by the NEFE (National Endowment for Financial Education) with the […]

Choosing The Right Lawyer

The Law Offices of M. Jude Egan has had over 400 family law clients in the last few years, the vast majority of whom have been satisfied with the work I have done for them.  I try very hard to settle cases quickly and fairly and when that fails the degree to which I am […]

Santa Maria Child Custody Lawyer: A Father’s Day Blog Post

[Ed. Note: This post was written on Father’s Day 2013 but due to a technical glitch and site transfer, did not get uploaded until today. Father’s Day or not, I still feel like it’s relevant.] Happy Father’s Day Blog Post It’s Father’s Day and I had a great day I spent in that bittersweet way […]

Spotlight On Family Law: Bill Of Rights For Children Of Divorce

A great article from several months ago by Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran deserves a repost here with proper credit.  They are marriage and family therapists who developed a Bill of Rights of Children of Divorce.  These are very basic tenets that any divorcing parent should follow and something I urge all of my clients – male […]