It’s Over: The Checklist You Need For Your New Beginning

It’s over. Officially. But, now what? As a divorce lawyer for the last 12+ years, I can tell you that – as crazy as it sounds – sometimes one of the most difficult parts of divorce is the end. After enduring so many months of negotiation, paperwork, deadlines, heartache and perhaps even frustration or anger; when the divorce judgment is finally granted, it can feel all at once like an incredible burden lifted – but also like a thick cloud …
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I’m a Divorce Lawyer and This is the #1 Thing I Tell My Clients to Do

As a seasoned divorce lawyer, I see far too many of my clients putting off the one thing they absolutely need to be doing throughout this emotionally complex process: making time for self-care. You are being pulled in so many different directions and are experiencing a sea of transitions – it is so easy to get swept up in the stress of it all that physical and mental health take a back seat. But I want you to come out …
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Pronoun Power – The Standard for Gender Neutrality

Originally published by the Bar Association of San Francisco, Authored by Stan Sarkisov and Carleigh Kude Language and laws reflect the values of society—and we are a nation of equals.[1]  Unlike codified equality, human hearts and minds are not so orderly.  As receivers of information, our myriad cognitive biases allow us to process the data we consume.[2]  Our biases have also been institutionalized, written into the language of our nation’s founding legal documents. The Founding Fathers (or men) made sure to …
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When are Attorney Fees “Awarded” in a Divorce Action?

It’s no secret that hiring an attorney is expensive. Even if you are using a lawyer on a ‘limited scope’ basis to help you only with strategy or to review and revise your forms, it is still a cost that you probably didn’t plan for. So when can you request that your spouse pay your fees? Conversely, will you be on the hook to pay some or all of your ex’s lawyer costs? While there are many ways fee requests …
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How to Keep Your Divorce Conversations Productive

First things first. If you want to negotiate an agreement with your spouse, you have to remember (and accept) the following principles: Be mindful that your purpose is to avoid arguing and to be as persuasive as possible. The communication issues you had during your marriage will not go away in separation. What does that mean? It means you need to manage your expectations and negotiation style or risk one or more of the following: constant arguing, bickering, flat out …
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Living Together but Unmarried? Ask Yourself These Questions to Determine if Your Partner has Legal Leverage

Since 2000, unmarried cohabitating couples have grown by over 40% in the U.S. Over 40% of children are born to unmarried couples. While cohabitation continues to rise, marriage rates are on the decline. Yet many of these couples are breaking up even before they ever marry. What happens when the separate? Usually couples are able to work out their (financial) differences. Sometimes parties decide to mediate any financial disputes between them and/or use an outside-the-box approach to dispute resolution. But when …
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LFLG Recognized by Super Lawyers for the 5th Year in a Row

Levine Family Law Group is pleased to share that two of our attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers of California. Erin Levine has been selected as a Super Lawyers — Rising Star for the 4th year in a row and Ashley Schuh has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the first time after having been selected as a Super Lawyers – Rising Star since 2013. We are proud of our team! An update on our story: …
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4 Ways Millennials are Making Us Rethink the California Family Law System

We all hear about how millennials are changing the world. Millennials are changing the way we live in countless ways – everything from how and where we find our news to how we get around and what type of entertainment we value. But what about relationship? Are they changing that too? Stats say yes. They aren’t getting married as often or as young. What does that mean for the legal system? A lot. Less marriage, more cohabitation: Recently released data …
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10 Tips for Writing a Persuasive Family Law Declaration

A declaration is a written statement made under the penalty of perjury. If you are filing a “Request for Order” (or responding to a “Request for Order”) asking that the Judge enter orders providing you some type of temporary “relief”, you will need to attach a declaration explaining the basis for your request and the facts that support it. Examples of Request for Orders (RFOs) include (but are not limited to) requests for: An enforceable parenting plan Modification of an …
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Special Considerations for Same-Sex Divorces

We have all heard the good news. California no longer recognizes a distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages. Any couple can now obtain a marriage license and wed, regardless of that couple’s sexual orientation. In 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality across the United States. Even with these ‘wins’, our work is not done. There are issues that affect our gay and lesbian clientele in divorce – that are generally not applicable to heterosexual marriages. We’ve taken a …
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