Our AAML Southern California Chapter presented its fifth annual Family Law Trial Basics Seminar in Costa Mesa on April 26, 2019. As always, it was free to all 100 attendees, who came from all corners of Southern California – and beyond. This year’s TBS was better than ever.
Herring Law Group’s Executive Director, Erin Schaden, recently attended the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ (AFCCnet.org) Conference in Costa Mesa. HLG is a member of the AFCC, which is the “interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
I was accepted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (iafl.com) in 2010. The IAFL is a worldwide association of over 810 practicing lawyers from 57 countries who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.
Just a little over four years ago, Penny and I indulged the wild idea that we could create a “boutique” family law firm toward providing my valued clients “concierge service” and otherwise practicing in a uniquely elevated manner. I made the leap from being a long-time partner at the biggest firm in Ventura County, and Herring Law Group was thus born.
Santa Barbara’s Casa Serena just elevated HLG’s Executive Director, Erin Schaden, as its incoming new Chair. Casa Serena’s mission is to (1) provide effective treatment services and a safe, sober living environment to women seeking recovery from the disease of alcoholism or from substance abuse, (2) introduce them to the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and the “12-step” process and (3) promote community awareness of Casa Serena’s services.
While attending our annual AAML national meetings in Chicago in early November, we watched as my hometown of Paradise, California burned to the ground in mere hours. My 80-something parents lost everything. My sister’s, Christine, family saw their home singed but spared.
Through AB 2044, The Legislature Enhances Child Custody Protections In Cases Involving Domestic Violence
Domestic violence (“DV”) is a potential game-changer in child custody contests. In 2014’s Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2089, the Legislature expressly declared, among other findings, “[t]here is a positive correlation between [DV] and child abuse, and children, even when they are not physically assaulted, suffer deep and lasting emotional, health, and behavioral effects from exposure to [DV].” (Uncodified section I of AB 2089.)
Family Code sections 3020, 3011 and 3044 in pertinent part address DV in child custody cases.
As 2019 nears, the window is closing to timely advise clients about various family law considerations under the 2018 federal tax law overhaul. For instance, prospective payors of spousal support might be unhappy to learn too-late that it will no longer be deductible.
Ruston Imming was recently named by the State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Family Law. Achieving Certified Specialist status is a major mid-career accomplishment. The designation reflects a level of substantive knowledge, dedication and achievement demonstrated by only the top family law attorneys.
Herring Law Group supports a variety of family- and family law-related charitable organizations. Prominent among them are Casa Serena, in Santa Barbara, and Levitt Quinn, in Los Angeles County. Casa Serena's mission is to "help women and their families recover from addiction by providing evidence-based treatment services while building community, instilling self-determination, and empowering them with educational opportunities and financial literacy.