Entries by Felix

Ryan and Lidia Grassley Paid to Hold Newborn Son

People say lawyers are unscrupulous in their billing.  A hospital bills a couple $40 for allowing them to hold their own newborn child. “Honestly we both laughed about it,” Ryan Grassley tells PEOPLE of paying to hold his baby Source: Ryan and Lidia Grassley Paid to Hold Newborn Son

Vacations and divorces.

University of Washington sociologists have found what is believed to be the first quantitative evidence of a seasonal, biannual pattern of divorce filings. The researchers analyzed filings in Washington state over a 14-year period and found that filing consistently peaked in March and August, the periods following winter and summer holidays. This is an interesting […]

Why is Alimony in California so Confusing?

From both sides — the paying party and the receiving party — one of the most controversial and confusing topics in all of California family law is the issue of spousal support.  This article is only one observer’s views about the deep-seated questions about the subject. So why the confusion?  Why the widely varying outcomes? […]

Judge to take second look at divorce granted to same-sex couple – The Athens Messenger: News

Same-sex marriage is a fact in California.  If you are married here, you can get a divorce here whether married to a person of the same or of the opposite sex. Interesting conflicts of law arise when people marry in one state and divorce in another.  Legal truths that we all presume in California change […]

How courts view home school in custody cases.

Many years ago, when I first started working as a family law attorney, home school was presumed to be a haven for the fringes of society.  People who had unusually strong religious beliefs, or who were sailing around the world with their kids, or who were living in communes, all home-schooled their kids.  In those […]