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One real highlight has been the success of the John F. Kennedy University College of Law settlement workshops created by our own Commissioner Josanna Berkow (Ret.).
In prior “Stories from the Bray Building,” Judge Carlton encountered Three Strikes, mental health, legal ethics, incarceration and contentious civil litigation. Now he presides over a difficult civil trial.
Highlights of the April 2014 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include legal articles on family, children, elders and more.
We need to restore faith in our courts’ ability to meaningfully enforce modern family rights and responsibilities and ensure everyone equal access to justice.
My husband has been incredibly supportive. Our adult children have adapted well. The cat remains unimpressed…
As we head into tax season, this is a great time to look at some of the tax changes affecting our family law cases. This article will discuss a few of the interesting tax rulings from 2013.
On December 6, 2013, the Family Law Section gathered to celebrate the season.
The lobby of the Spinetta Courthouse saw a number of changes. These improvements were more important than ever this year, given the reduction in hours at the Clerk’s office.
The Family Law Section held an MCLE Luncheon on July 10, 2013, and their Summer Fling on August 9, 2013.
On February 7, 2013, members got a change to meet Family and Juvenile Division judges on a one-to-one basis. Please see photos below.
As a full-time mediator, I have had the privilege of mediating several cases addressing elder issues. One involved a ninety year old widower who contested his daughter’s belief that he could no longer effectively manage his considerable portfolio of properties and would deplete her anticipated inheritance.
This has been a year of tragedy and transition for the Family Law Division. On June 19th, we suffered the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Commissioner Jeffrey Huffaker. Jeff was a consummate judge and gentleman; equally loved by the bench and bar. His passing leaves a hole in the Court that cannot be filled and we continue to mourn him. I would like to thank Judges Cheryl Mills, Judy Craddick and Joyce Cram, as well as visiting Judges Lacy, Tiernan and Petrie, who graciously stepped in to help with the giant Pittsburg calendar during Jeff’s illness and after his passing.
Family Law Litigants in Contra Costa County get Meaningful Alternative Dispute Resolution Opportunity Through the Double Pro Per Settlement Conference Calendar
Highlights from the May 2012 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include Tax Traps That Can Arise During Divorce – by Mark Ericsson; QDRO: Malpractice Lurking – by Harry L. Styron ; Getting the 411 from the 911: Obtaining Information and Reports from Law Enforcement Agencies in Family Law Matters – by Richard Grossman; Independent Contractor or Employee? The Consequences of Getting it Wrong- by Janet L. Everson and Matthew A. Cebrian; Another Offshore Assets Reporting Requirement- by Jenny C. Lin
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (hereinafter “BAPCPA”) enacted on April 20, 2005, and generally applicable to all cases filed on or after October 17, 2005, made various revisions to Title 11 of the United States Code (hereinafter “Bankruptcy Code”) with regard to divorce-related debts. For example, debts such as child and spousal support were given the new classification of “domestic support obligation” and were given added protection.
After my client separated from her husband, she received a friend request from a person named David. She initially declined, but he persisted. Upon reading David’s profile, she agreed to be friends because they appeared …
The Family Law Division, like all other divisions, has continued to suffer from the serious budget shortfall. Staffing is at an all-time low, while filings remain essentially unchanged. However, as in the past, our dedicated staff continues to provide outstanding service. In response to feedback, the filing window hours were extended from a 2:00 p.m. closing to 3:00 p.m. to assist litigants. The Self Help Desk still maintains its 2:00 p.m. closing so the staff can help with the backlog.
With the opening of the new Arnason Justice on November 15, 2010, the communities in East County will enjoy a beautiful state-of-the-art facility which houses four Criminal Departments and the Traffic/UD/DV/CH/Small Claims Department, as well …
We recently upgraded our computers from an obsolete operating system to 21st-century software. That was a prerequisite to further changes. Now, we hope to acquire a modern case management system sometime in the next two years or so.
In these following articles, the Contra Costa Superior Court’s Supervising Judges each provide perspectives on the operations of their respective division.