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Family Law Perspective

Family Law Perspective

With six of our seven bench officers having served in the Family Law Division in prior consecutive years, 2017 has been a year of continuity. We welcomed one additional Family Law judge in January, the Honorable Brian Haynes, whose courtroom is in Pittsburg. Judge Haynes plunged right in and quickly became adept at managing short-cause […]

California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Family Dilemmas

California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Family Dilemmas

When the pain or discomfort of illness is more than one can bear, Californians have the End of Life Option Act that allows those who meet the criteria, to take a drug that will end their life.

All in the Family: Leslie Johnson & Inga Miller

All in the Family: Leslie Johnson & Inga Miller

…as I worked with Leslie more and more to learn the ins and outs of title insurance law, I knew I wanted to do what she did – transactional work. There, you are building something for your client – value in their real estate.

LGBTQ Family Protection After the 2016 Presidential Election

LGBTQ Family Protection After the 2016 Presidential Election

There are many changes and challenges ahead as we navigate the new realities under the incoming presidential administration. It is important to know and understand the legal protections that are available to the LGBT client community…

All in the Family - The Marchianos

All in the Family – The Marchianos

The value of hard work, integrity, compassion, it can be used in any profession. Especially, as a lawyer, it’s about being a good person and dealing with people. That’s the most important part.

family law perspective

Family Law Perspective

As the court has slowly begun to emerge from the darkest days of the budget crisis, we were able to re-open a family law courtroom at the Richard E. Arnason Justice Center in Pittsburg.

Contra Costa Lawyer online edition October 2016

October 2016 – Family Law Issue

Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine: October 2016 Family Law Edition Browse October’s articles below view online or download [1 MB] Highlights from the October issue, guest-edited by David Erb TABLE OF CONTENTS: Features: All in the Family: George and Laura Pfeiffer, by Lisa Mendes Quality of Life and Family Law in New York & California, by […]

Laura and Skip Pfeiffer father-daughter attorneys

All in the Family – Following in the Family Footsteps

“The best part of this job is getting to work with my dad.”

Quality of Life and Family Law in New York & California

Quality of Life and Family Law in New York & California

California also has more advantages for families and children in court. It was the first state to establish no-fault divorce in 1970 while New York was dead last in 2010.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

After ADR Fails in Family Law… What Happens Next?

Both Collaborative Practice and mediation rely on voluntary, free exchange of information and commitment to resolutions respecting everyone’s shared goals. But if the parties had mutual trust, shared goals and could communicate effectively, they probably would not be getting a divorce.

Legal Orders After Hearing

Senate Bill 917 Requiring Court Clerks to Prepare Orders after Hearings for All Litigants in Family Law Hearings

The bill attempts to address concerns that many Family Law litigants are self-represented and often English learners, struggling to comprehend, let alone comply with spoken orders.

Chart: Percentage of Unrepresented Petitioners in Family Law Cases in Contra Costa Superior Court

Data contained in the chart below represents initial family law filings in March of two years:  2010 and 2016.  Whether or not parties are represented in family law cases tends to change repeatedly as the case progresses;  these fluctuations are not reflected in the chart.  The chart reflects each party’s status at the time of […]

Contra Costa County Family Law Pro Per Programs

As the number of self-represented litigants continues to grow (some estimates are as high as 70%) the Family Law Section has implemented new and different outreach programs to help pro pers, and in turn, assist the court.

Family Law Section Summer Soiree

Family Law Section Summer Soiree

The Family Law Section hosted its Summer Soiree at Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill. Pictured left, Hon. Ed Weil receives a book in appreciation of his service to the Family Law Court from Family Law Section Leader Dan Harkins on July 21.

Suzanne Boucher

Family Law Perspective

Given the facts of this case, the court would most likely grant a temporary restraining order giving Elaine sole physical custody of the children…