What are the good attorneys at law

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights? Yes, grandparents can have visitation rights if the court determines that there was a pre-existing relationship between the grandparent and the child that has “engendered a bond,” and that it is in “the best interest of the child” to have a relationship with the grandparent. In plain English, that means that a judge, after hearing the evidence, determines that it is in the best interest of the child to continue to see his or her grandparents. The visitation, of course, has to be reasonable, and the parent(s) still retain the right to make decisions about their child. As this processRead More →

Protection for state medical cannabis extended by federal budget amendment

As “opening day” for State cannabis licensing approaches, local governments are scrambling to develop effective local regulations. Cities and counties up and down the coast have recently addressed a flurry of proposals, often with mixed results. In Santa Barbara County, where many cultivators are exempt from the 2016 moratorium on commercial cannabis because of prior operations, the Board of Supervisors recently voted to put on hold approval of a process that would allow those cultivators to have their legal non-conforming status officially determined. The Board postponed voting on the proposed amendments to Article X, and instead directed staff to return with additional options and inputRead More →

Protection for state medical cannabis extended by federal budget amendment

New proposed amendments to the Santa Barbara County Code could significantly impact existing medical cannabis cultivators whose operations are legal under the County’s legal non-conforming use exemption. Legal nonconforming uses are those medical cannabis cultivators within the unincorporated portion of the County that were in existence on January 19, 2016, and legal under State law. The purpose of the new amendments is to establish a process by which the County may determine the non-conforming status of a medical cannabis cultivation site existing as of January 19, 2016, and to create a “sunset” date by which all legal nonconforming sites must either cease operations, or applyRead More →

Protection for state medical cannabis extended by federal budget amendment

With State licensing approaching in January for medical and non-medical cannabis, local authorities have begun embracing the possibilities available to them under the State’s newly reconciled Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). It seems that the “green wave” may have hit the Central Coast at last. Recent actions from San Luis Obispo to Grover’s Beach to Santa Barbara and Port Hueneme show that local governments are warming to the idea of cannabis industry. Grover’s Beach and Port Hueneme both recently began offering applications for medical cannabis operations within their jurisdictions. The city and county of Santa Barbara are working to developRead More →

Protection for state medical cannabis extended by federal budget amendment

The amendment has been successfully applied in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals In recent years, staunch cannabis supporters in Congress have passed a budget amendment to disallow the use of federal enforcement funds against the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. Originally called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment after Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Rep. Sam Farr (D) of Monterey County, the amendment prevents the Justice Department from using funds to prevent or impede the implementation of a state’s medical cannabis laws, effectively preventing the DOJ from prosecuting operators of businesses for violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act, if those businesses areRead More →

Can I Make My Spouse Move Out

One of the first and most difficult questions a divorce client asks is “Can I make my spouse move out of the house?” This is understandable – when a marriage is no longer working and divorce is looming, you may no longer want to continue to living under the same roof with your spouse, and living in the same house will likely create more friction between the spouses. This can be especially challenging when the couple has minor children. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is usually disappointing to the client – you cannot force your spouse to move out of the family home absent abuseRead More →

What are the good attorneys at law

Question: My spouse and I both agree we want a divorce, and we also have a domestic partnership; is there a quick and easy way to get end both? Answer: Yes, there is a quick and easy way to obtain a divorce and terminate your domestic partnership all at once, called “summary dissolution,” if you and your spouse meet certain requirements.   In California, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you will not have to talk to a judge and can complete your divorce with a one-time filing with the court of a single set of documents. Your divorce will become final automatically sixRead More →

Question: My partner and I both agree we want to terminate our domestic partnership; is there a quick and easy way to terminate our domestic partnership? Answer: Yes, there is a quick and easy way to terminate your domestic partnership, called “summary dissolution,” if you and your partner meet certain requirements. In California, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you will not have to talk to a judge and can terminate your domestic partnership with a one-time filing with the Secretary of State. Your partnership will automatically be terminated six months after your file your Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership. After these sixRead More →

Question: My spouse and I both agree we want a divorce, and we really do not have any assets or debts; isn’t there a quick and easy way to get divorced without all the usual hassle? Answer: Yes, there is a quick and easy way to obtain a divorce, called “summary dissolution,” if you and your spouse meet certain requirements.   In California, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you will not have to talk to a judge and can complete your divorce with a one-time filing with the court of a single set of documents. Your divorce will become final automatically six monthsRead More →

Bifurcation of the status of the marriage (also called “status only dissolution”) is a process that allows the court to grant an early divorce and restore each spouse to their single status, before issues such as spousal and child support, child custody, and property division are decided. In simple terms, bifurcation is an early termination of the marital status, prior to finalization of property division. It is important to note that even if bifurcation of marital status is granted, you cannot obtain a divorce decree less than 6 months from the day the Respondent (the spouse who did not file for divorce) was served. RequirementsRead More →