Legal Options for Victims of Spousal Abuse

Many California spouses are currently going through a situation similar to this fictitious scenario: It’s been obvious for a while now that your marriage isn’t working. It started with a small sense that something wasn’t right, that something changed about your husband after you two married and moved in together. Over time, the two of you spend less time together. Then came the verbal abuse. Before it went too Read More


From the leaders of groups that deal with families in crisis:  Susan Myres, President of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Jill Peña, Executive Director of AAML Dr. Matt Sullivan, President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Peter Salem, Executive Director of AFCC Joey Orduña Hastings, CEO, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annette Burns, AAML and Former Read More

Fraud in Marriage?

If you are looking to end your marriage, the two options available to you in California are divorce and annulment. Annulment of a marriage is different from divorce, but the reasons people are eligible for an annulment is not widely understood. Divorce is the dissolution of a legally valid marriage while an annulment (also referred to as nullity of marriage) is a finding by the court that there was never a marriage Read More

Madan Ahluwalia, Esq. Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2019 AIOFLA’S 10 Best in California For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of California’s Family Law Attorney Madan Ahluwalia, Esq. as 2019 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the Read More

Restraining Orders and Child Custody

Restraining Orders and Child Custody Gaining joint or sole custody of your child is hard enough without a restraining order hanging around your neck. Restraining orders (sometimes referred to as protective orders) are useful tools for parents to keep themselves and their children safe, but if you feel you have been unfairly slapped with a temporary (or permanent) restraining order, your attempts to gain custody Read More

Serving Documents to International Parties on Civil and Commercial Matters

Suppose you have a civil or commercial dispute with an individual or entity located in a different country. How would you go about serving pertinent documents to them? Dozens of countries have attempted to address this issue by signing a multilateral agreement, The Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, more commonly called the Hague Service Convention Read More

6 Steps to File for Divorce in California

Mike and Lynne have decided to file for divorce after five years of marriage. He discovered that she was seeing someone else and, although hurt and angry, he agreed to work with Lynne to end the marriage with as little stress and contention as possible. Below is an overview of the steps that Mike took to file for divorce in California. He undertook all of them with help from an experienced divorce attorney, who Read More

Amicable Divorce: Do You Qualify for a Summary Dissolution?

Rob and Catelyn were only married for two years before they realized that they weren’t happy together. Both later admitted that they had entered the marriage with unspoken assumptions: he didn’t want children, but she believed that after they married, he would change his mind. She wanted to stay in San Jose, but he presumed that after the honeymoon, she would finally agree to move to Dallas, where he had Read More

5 Situations Where You Need a Post-Judgment Modification

Most ex-couples assume that once their Final Judgment of the Dissolution of Marriage is filed, the terms of the divorce are permanent. That’s partly true, as California courts frown on arbitrarily changing one’s divorce decree. However, the law also recognizes that life is not static and will support a modification if you can demonstrate a significant change in circumstances since the divorce. Below is an overview Read More

5 Ways to Effectively Co-Parent After a Divorce

Jason and Kira knew that divorce did not end their relationship with each other. They had two beautiful girls, which meant that they would be attending graduations, weddings, and possibly the births of future grandchildren together. Although their marriage had not been a happy one towards the end, they committed to letting things go and working together calmly and productively as co-parents. This is a huge and Read More