LAW ARTICLES & BLOG How Long Is Maternity Leave in California? Having a baby is costly and exhausting. New parents need maternity leave in order to care for new children and establish critical family bonds. Although the U.S. isn’t known for good maternity leave laws, California is an exception to the rule. Paid Family Leave Maternity leave in California is better than most other states in… Divorce Mediation Checklist Divorce mediation isn’t easy, but going into the process prepared saves a lot of pain and frustration. To prepare, you’ll need to gather some critical documents and information that the mediator will need in order to make fair and reasonable suggestions. You’ll also need to consider a few questions in advance to ensure you’re prepared… How Much is a Divorce? Divorce is complicated and is often quite expensive. The costs for a divorce appear as both immediate expenses for court and lawyer fees, and in long-term losses, such as property division and alimony. While it’s impossible to predict the exact cost of a divorce for each spouse, taking all sides of the equation into consideration… How to Apply for FMLA There are times in your life when you are met with extenuating circumstances that require a leave of absence from work. Taking a hiatus from your job in order to focus your time on a more important portion of your life, brings the risk of losing your job and long-term source of income, not to… What’s the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI? Understanding the difference between Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is tricky but important. Both offenses refer to illegally operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Both charges carry with it a set of consequences that can include fines, court appearances, loss of license and even jail… What is a Misdemeanor? Facing a legal charge of any kind is concerning. However, it’s important to understand the legal language behind those charges. Some of the most common offenses in America are misdemeanors. We’ll explain what misdemeanors are, give examples of common offenses, and then discuss how misdemeanors are tried. Finally, we’ll outline the penalties a judge may… What is Family Law? It seems obvious that the definition of family law is the area of legal practice regarding familial matters and domestic relations. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a broad area of the law. While the most commonly known proceedings are related to divorce, there is a whole host of other issues… How to Get Child Support Child support is a difficult subject for many parents. It can be hard to know what is considered a fair amount of child support. It’s also frustrating to know who determines how much child support is paid. These questions often cause major strife within the family. To help alleviate some of the stress, these steps… How to Calculate Child Support When facing a divorce, supporting the children affected is vital. Unfortunately, the process of calculating child support is often overwhelming and confusing. It’s easy to get frustrated and lost in the shuffle of things. The formula used to generate payments seems foreign and confusing. However, every case is decided by using the same formula. This… What Happens After Being Charged with a Crime? Receiving formal notice of criminal charges is always terrifying. It feels like you’re facing the entire legal system by yourself, and without an experienced criminal lawyer, you essentially are. Understanding what pending criminal charges mean, the difference between civil and criminal cases, and the role of a criminal lawyer gives you the head start you’ll… What’s a Felony? The government establishes crimes and punishments to keep citizens safe and to maintain order. Breaking the law has a variety of consequences that are determined by a criminal court. The more severe the crime, the more serious the charge and intensive the punishment to deter the possibilities of societal wrongdoings. What Constitutes a Felony There… How To Get Full Custody Of Your Children While you are filing for a divorce, one of the most important aspects to discuss is the custody of your children. This decision will influence your children’s lives more than any other regarding your divorce from your significant other. This matter demands intensive reflection before settling on whether to establish full or joint custody. You… How To Get a Divorce There may come a time in your life where things do not feel the same as they once did. And know this up front, this is okay. Sometimes it comes without warning, other times it may slowly show signs, but divorce is something that may benefit both you and your spouse when times prove to… Trial Preparation: Advice for Court Appearances Court etiquette goes beyond just showing up for your scheduled court date. There are rules and manners you and those who accompany you must follow. Then there are those unwritten rules of courtroom behavior that are optional but should be followed simply because it is in your best interest to do so. Below are some… Family Leave Rights in the U.S. Life happens, and it’s important for employees to know their rights before they need to utilize them. The U.S. has one of the scantiest set of employee leave rights in the world, but employees do enjoy a set of guarantees under federal and state laws. While the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is… The Fight Over College Subsidies for Illegal Immigrants California’s debate over subsidies and scholarships for undocumented students in state-run colleges and universities continued, as Earl De Vries, a California resident, recently sued the University of California’s Board of Regents. This lawsuit questions whether or not there is an overstep of federal law, by providing in-state tuition to illegal immigrants at the cost of… Ahead of the Curve: Medical Insurance for Undocumented Immigrants Undocumented immigrants make up about 6% of California’s population, making it a hot spot for topics like immigration and immigration reform. In September 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 4 allowing undocumented children up to 19 years old full Medi-cal benefits. This is a far cry from prop 187 which blocked anyone who was… New Laws in 2017 It’s the start of a new year, and that means the implementation of new laws for California. While the new laws in 2017 cover a wide range of topics, most are tied to labor issues. Employers and employees alike should check the new California legislation to see what rights they’ve gained. Labor Laws New labor… Proposition 57: California State Parole Eligibility & Juvenile Crime The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 2011 that California’s prisons were overcrowded to the extent of being in violation of the 8th amendment. As a result, the State of California was required to reduce its prison population in order to comply. The first effort to do so was through proposition 47, which… (You Gotta) Fight For Your Renters Rights in California What to know before you go apartment shopping (and why). Social Media Privacy Tips: Don’t Incriminate Yourself How sharing too much about your case can lead to disastrous results in the courtroom. Do’s and Don’ts of Custody Litigation: Child Custody Advice A few tips to help you navigate the stressful matter of going to court over custody of your children.