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When is a Custody Stipulation an Order?… and When are Files Private?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are back in Entertainment Tonight’s legal spotlight with their court battle and custody stipulation. http://www.etonline.com/news/204522_how_brad_pitt_and_angelina_jolie_hit_a_standstill_custody_agreement/ Four points of interest and inspection from this article are: The parties have a stipulation BUT they didn’t initially file it with the court, Respondent Pitt is trying to get the case sealed, Child Protective [..]

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Dividing Brangelina — The Myths of Joint Custody

The specters of divorce and child custody are now lurking over Hollywood’s most celebrated couple.  After two years of marriage, Angelina Jolie has filed a dissolution of marriage (divorce) action in Los Angeles.  According to TMZ http://www.tmz.com/2016/09/20/angelina-joile-files-for-divorce-brad-pitt, it has to do with the couple’s six children. Angelina is reportedly asking for joint legal custody and sole physical custody. [..]

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Life After a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

People who face the reality of having to file bankruptcy often feel defeated.  They can see their need to file as a failure.  This Glass-Half-Empty view is certainly understandable. Looking Back on Bankruptcy Perhaps since their inception, bankruptcies have been accompanied by a stigma of irresponsibility and failure.  In British common law, a bankruptcy was a [..]

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Heard v. Depp: Not Your Typical Domestic Violence Case

Amber Heard has dropped her request for a restraining order against Johnny Depp.  This Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) is not unlike those filed in many dissolution cases across California.  It is an interesting case to use in discussing the workings of DVROs, their use as a strategy, and their purpose. When a dissolution (divorce) [..]

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