All posts by Paul Wallin

A Police Officer’s Mistake Can Send You To Jail

Recently, we represented a young college student who came home to visit Southern California while on winter break from school. Learning she was in town, an ex-boyfriend asked her to dinner, hoping to bring a new spark to an old flame. The dinner did not go well. Our client rejected her ex’s advances and asked to be taken home. The ex-boyfriend eventually did, b… Continue Reading.......

Why You Should Have an Attorney File for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

In California, if you are threatened or abused by someone with whom you have a close personal relationship, you can seek the help of the court in keeping that person away from you. The tool used to keep that person away from you is called a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO), and it can be a very effective way to separate yourself from the person who is dan… Continue Reading.......

Can a Domestic Battery Conviction Be Removed from My Record?

Having a conviction for domestic battery under Penal Code section 243(e)(1) can have a dramatic effect on your life. Even after you have paid your debt to society by finishing your sentence, you may still find that your life is more difficult than it was before your conviction. You may be denied housing, job and school opportunities, and professional licens… Continue Reading.......
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Domestic Violence Convictions Take Away Your Right to Bear Arms

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects your right to keep and bear a firearm. However, under a new law that took effect on January 1, 2019, a conviction for domestic violence in California strips you of this right unless, under limited circumstances, you are pardoned or have your conviction expunged.

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New California Law Recognizes Pets as Family in Divorce

Divorce cases are often messy battles where bitterness and anger becomes a motivating force for the parties involved. Divorcing couples often find it difficult to maintain civility when child custody, spousal support and valued possessions are being split up. Determining custody of pets can be especially difficult because family law courts have treat… Continue Reading.......

How to Share a Residence While Divorce is Pending

Many couples who are getting divorced realize that moving out of the family home is not easy. That is why some divorcing couples choose to stay in the same home during the divorce process. However, this can be very difficult for all members of the family. If you plan to share a home with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, follow these tips.

Determine Financial Respons

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How to Avoid Going to Court for Child Custody

Custody disputes are never easy. In most cases, each parent thinks their child would be better off in their custody, and it often turns into a competition between parents. That is why attempting to settle custody matters before going to family law court may be best for all parties. So, how can you avoid the judges, litigation, testimony and expensive court fe… Continue Reading.......

Why Are There So Many Divorces in January?

With the start of a new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. They may pledge to be healthier or to save more money. However, for many others, the start of a new year brings an even bigger change to their lives: divorce. Aside from marking the start of a new year, the first of January also is the beginning of “Divorce Season.” Starting in January and throu… Continue Reading.......

Completing a Child Dependency Reunification Plan

During a child dependency, your child will likely be taken from you to live with a family member or placed in a foster home. For both you and your child, the duration of the case will be a time filled with anxiety and fear of what could happen if the court does not decide in your favor. Fortunately, the courts are generally willing to give parents an opportunity to p… Continue Reading.......