Family Law Self-Help

Domestic Abuse IS Domestic Violence (and vice-versa)

Many people assume that domestic violence only involves bruises and ambulances, but under California law, domestic abuse and domestic violence are one and the same. Here is a list of mental, physical, and emotional imbalances that you would experience as a domestic abuse/violence victim. 

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

It is a well-known fact that human relationships do not always end up smoothly and can easily change into nasty relations. The greatest fear is exposing custody battles to young children that affect not only their present life but also their future.

Spousal Support & Keeping Up Appearances

What happens in the case when only one of the spouses pays all the bills and rent while the other spouse takes the money and invests them in various banks in the U.S. or abroad?...In situations like this, you'll often wonder where the knowledge of the law stops and where the research begins.

Financial Discovery in Divorce

Since California is a community property state, it means that "everything you purchase during your marriage belongs to both of you (spouse/partner)." Of course, there are certain exceptions and rules, such as prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, and many twists to the above statement, but this article's intention is to clarify what happens to individuals when they undergo a divorce process.

Presumption of Paternity: Who's the Father?

As people said in the old days, beyond the law the only person who knows the father of a child is the mother. Thus, if you have any doubts that your significant other's child is not yours, consider filing a motion for a blood test within two years of the child's birth.​

Divorce in California

Family law is where you see the best people on their worst behavior, and divorce can be a messy deal, but only because the people involved in it make it that way. It's easy to say, “Let's shake hands, what's mine is mine and what's yours is yours, and let's go our separate ways,” but in a capitalistic society such as ours—and in a failing economy like this—we manage to turn our best friend into our worst enemy. 

Fraud Law Self-Help

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Tip #22: Do not share personal information on social networks. Before you register with websites, make sure you read the privacy policies that secure your personal information. Unlike the common stereotype, identity thieves do not always monitor or hack your digital devices from a third world country; the majority of thieves are usually neighbors, friends, relatives and roommates because you leave yourself open to them.

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

Tip #6: Keep detailed records of everything and put everything in writing. Don't forget to keep copies and a detailed calendar of all of the above actions. 

Common Scams That Trick Consumers

You are not alone in that Internet jungle; there are a lot of people that are in the same position as yourself, which means that there are just as many that are taking this opportunity to make money by taking advantage of your needs.

How to Spot a Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 1

Everything comes down to grammar, lexical choice, tone, and style of speech, because they can be manipulated. Analyzing the most basic form of communication is enough to hint to investigators of the individual's behavior and endeavors.

How to Spot a Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 2

Experts can help you read the document and attend to the temporal pronouns and verb tenses used, which are the primary components in an argument. They can help expose what to avoid and what is dangerously revealing. You don't need to lie in a court document to win a case, or misconstrue the meaning behind a script--just state what you want to say in a specific way.

Sleeping with the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

How do you know that the person you socialize with, work with, or even date or marry, is actually the person that they say they are? Most of you think a simple background check on Google will find all the answers--it doesn't.

How to Catch a Forger, Part 1

Since our methods to identify fraud continue to improve, so do the ways of fraudsters to outwit fraud detection. In recent years, fraud examiners and crime fighters look at the dates, times, verbiage and content provided in new communication mediums, such as through emails, letters, texts and phone calls. 

How to Catch a Forger, Part 2

If a document does not come from a law enforcement agent and given to you personally, call and ask if the individual who sent you that document exists. If you have a gut feeling that a situation is either too good or too impossible to be true, research what you have, analyze what you hold in your hands, compare and contrast dates, times, faces, words and signatures--chances are that you are the victim of a fraud scheme.

My Stolen Identity

We live in the 21st century, where identities and personal information are a more powerful source of monetary exchange than money. How many of you out there know who your spouse or best friend is: how many names they use, what information they have about you, and how easily they can manipulate it? How many of you were ever in such a vulnerable position as to trust someone enough to find yourselves sleeping with the enemy?


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