IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF CALIFORNIA FAMILY LAW
We know family law codes and cases and help you understand it
The California Family Code
The California Family Code is the foundational law for every divorce and parentage case in the State. Within its pages are the rules that govern community and separate property, child and spousal support, child custody and parenting time, division of assets and debts and significant rules of procedure. Our family law firm has an in-depth knowledge of the California Family Code. We know its rules well and how to apply them to each client’s case.
California Appellate and Supreme Court Decisions
It is not enough to simply read and understand the California Family Code. Our California appellate courts and Supreme Court that interpret California law often provide guidance on how the law should be applied in divorce and parentage cases. That means an effective family law attorney must always stay the up-to-date on new California cases. It is rare a year goes by where our appellate courts or Supreme Court do not make a ruling that has a significant impact on family law. And our family law firm is on top of all of it.
Rules of Procedure
We stated the California Family Code has within its pages significant rules of procedure. But the rules of procedure do not begin and end with the Family Code. Other code sections including the California Code of Civil Procedure set forth significant civil rules that apply to family law cases. The civil rules can impact many different aspects of the family law practice including but not limited to the formal discovery process and the request for order process.
The California Rules of Court
I continue to be amazed at how many family law attorneys do not know about the impact the California Rules of Court can have on family law litigation. The California Rules of Court often provide significant more detail on procedure and specifically how certain issues must be presented to the court and then handled by the court in family law cases. A deep understanding of the Rules of Court is an important part of any good family law attorney's skill set.
The Rules of Evidence
B. Robert Farzad came from the civil arena before he started to practice family law and one thing he noticed immediately is that many family law attorneys simply did not understand or know the rules of evidence. The rules of evidence control how evidence is presented and what evidence is admitted or rejected by a court.
A family law judge like any other judge must marshal the evidence presented to him or her. To marshal the evidence, a judge must determine whether evidence is properly received. Family law attorneys who understand the rules of evidence are effective courtroom litigators. Senior attorneys B. Robert Farzad and Matthew Sundly are the senior courtroom litigators at the firm and they have an extensive legal and practical knowledge of the California Rules of Evidence. It is one of the reasons they are so effective inside the courtroom.
Our Constant Continuing Education
Most lawyers probably think of continuing education as attending a few seminars per year. For us, it is much more. While attending seminars is important and it is something we do regularly, we also have frequent, internal meetings on family law. Any time a new decision comes down from our appellate or Supreme Court, we have a dialogue about that decision to determine how it impacts our representation of family law clients. If a decision is a significant one, we have in person meetings to discuss these issues and to plan and prepare how it may impact the cases we handle.
In addition, our attorneys are constantly finding ways to improve our client's representation through the application of both existing and new law.
B. Robert Farzad believes the education process is a constant and never-ending endeavor and that is why on a nearly daily basis, he studies family law, our codes and our procedures to determine how we can better represent our clients.