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Post-Paradise Memories and Thanks

While attending our annual AAML national meetings in Chicago in early November, we watched as my hometown of Paradise, California burned to the ground in mere hours.  My 80-something parents lost everything.  My sister’s, Christine, family saw their home singed but spared.  They were all blessed to have been invited to evacuate to the home…

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THROUGH AB 2044, THE LEGISLATURE ENHANCES CHILD CUSTODY PROTECTIONS IN CASES INVOLVING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence (“DV”) is a potential game-changer in child custody contests.  In 2014’s Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2089, the Legislature expressly declared, among other findings, “[t]here is a positive correlation between [DV] and child abuse, and children, even when they are not physically assaulted, suffer deep and lasting emotional, health, and behavioral effects from exposure to…

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Advise Your Clients Now About New Family Law Considerations under the 2018 Tax Law

As 2019 nears, the window is closing to timely advise clients about various family law considerations under the 2018 federal tax law overhaul.  For instance, prospective payors of spousal support might be unhappy to learn too-late that it will no longer be deductible.  Clients with pre- or post-nuptial agreements (“PNAs”) might wish to now become…

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Ruston Imming Achieves “Certified Specialist in Family Law” Status

Ruston Imming was recently named by the State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Family Law. Achieving Certified Specialist status is a major mid-career accomplishment. The designation reflects a level of substantive knowledge, dedication and achievement demonstrated by only the top family law attorneys. To become a Certified Specialist, Ruston was…

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