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Solicit Murder – Lose Your Community Property Rights

In Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on June 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

From the AP:

Calif. bill would target spouses who hire hit men By CATHY BUSSEWITZ (AP)

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. The story behind the legislation reads like a movie pitch. The wife of a Southern California police detective, distraught because she had lost custody of her children, tries to hire a hit man from the Vagos motorcycle gang to kill him. Instead, gang members alert police, who disguise themselves as biker thugs and secretly tape a conversation with her, leading to the wife’s arrest and ultimate conviction for solicitation of murder. But later on, in divorce court, she is awarded half the couple’s property, even though she tried to have her husband whacked. He then calls Sacramento, determined to change the divorce law.

              A bill scheduled to be heard Tuesday in a state legislative committee seeks to close what its author says is a loophole in the state’s no-fault divorce code. In part, the legislation will specify that spouses who solicit the murder of their husband or wife are not entitled to collect financial rewards in divorce proceedings. The bill was prompted by John Pomroy, a police detective in Pomona, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. His wife collected about $70,000 from their estate after she was released from prison in 2004.

I think this is an interesting development, and it’s great for headlines, but in reality how much time is the Legislature going to spend on this matter for what is in reality a very rare occurrence? How often does this happen? In 11 years of practicing family law in Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and Ventura Counties, I’ve never seen it. I’ve had many a client who wanted to kill ex, ( and a few of the opposing counsels!) but most people are not this outrageously angry.

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GEORGIA DIVORCE ATTORNEY QUOTES ME!

In Child Support, Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on July 23, 2009 at 10:54 am

That article on 8 budgeting tips is getting picked up ! Alexandra Waddington posted it on her blog :

http://www.augustagadivorcelawyer.com/2009/07/augusta-ga-divorce-lawyer-8-budgeting.html

Keeping things neat and clean is crucial for divorcing couples. “Make copies of everything related to financial issues,” said Santa Monica, Calif.-based family law attorney David Pisarra. “When couples split up, bills are no longer jointly paid so if you are contemplating a divorce it’s critical to acknowledge the financial components that come along with it.”

GETTING DIVORCE READY !

In Child Support, Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on July 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

Here’s a great article WWW.SUNHERALD.COM that takes my advice on record keeping for getting Divorce Ready: http://www.sunherald.com/love/story/1493567.html :


2. Organize important records.

Critical records like your will, birth certificate, passport, 401(k) statements and tax returns, should be stored in a safe and easily accessible spot, such as a safe. Keeping things neat and clean is crucial for divorcing couples. “Make copies of everything related to financial issues,” said Santa Monica, Calif.-based family law attorney David Pisarra. “When couples split up, bills are no longer jointly paid so if you are contemplating a divorce it’s critical to acknowledge the financial components that come along with it.”

Good article on planning and strategy.

Gay Marriage means Gay Divorce !

In Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on October 30, 2008 at 6:42 am

This just in from the United Kingdom, London desk, Matt Lucas of Little Britain fame, who “married” his partner in a civil union just 18 months ago, has divorced his tv producer partner. Expected payouts will be millions of dollars of support and property that the two acquired over the time they were together. 

The TV star is reputed to be worth £5 million, (About $10 million).

 

Matt Lucas is on the left.

Matt Lucas is on the left.

 

 

Here’s the original story.

MENSFAMILYLAW.COM – THE NEW VERSION

In Child Custody Issues, Child Support, Parental Alienation, Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on October 5, 2008 at 10:43 am

We just uploaded the upgraded MENSFAMILYLAW.COM website, with radio clips of my interview with the Michael Dresser show. I spoke about “Marriage is a business contract”, the long term effects of joint custody, and several other topics.

Check out MENSFAMILYLAW.COM for more high value content.

How To Pay For An Attorney When You’re Strapped For Cash

In Child Custody Issues, Child Support, Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on September 19, 2008 at 5:46 am

We all know the joke about why divorce is so expensive – because it’s worth it. 

Living in Los Angeles, everything is expensive, and these days cash is getting tight for many people. As the cash crunch gets tighter more relationships are breaking up. When couples start fighting over money, usually the lack of it, the divorce is not far off.

It is at this critical time that you most need to have the advice and counsel of a good lawyer, one who is experienced and knows the courts, which means they are going to charge for their time. Time is how an attorney charges for their knowledge. 

In California clients can hire family law attorneys and give them what is called the Family Law Attorneys Real Property Lien. This is a way for you to access your home’s equity, without having to put out too much of your cash today. Frequently lawyers will take a case with a smaller retainer, if they have the protection of the Family Law Attorneys Real Property Lien.

Think of it like a home equity line for your defense. It’s a way for you to get the representation you need today, to make sure you have something left tomorrow. The way it works is you and your attorney agree that they will be paid out of your half of the community property equity in the home, if you don’t pay your bill otherwise.

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“Nice Doesn’t Count in Court” – Divorce360.com

In Child Custody Issues, Property Issues, Strategy Issues on August 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Here’s a quote from an article in which I say:

“Nice” isn’t codified in the family code so judges have no parameters to use it,” said David Pisarra, 41, partner in the Santa Monica, Calif., law office of Pisarra and Grist. “It speaks to the fact that marriage is a business contract and emotions have very little impact in proceedings.”  

The full article is here: http://www.divorce360.com/articles/695/nice-doesnt-count-in-court.aspx

How Men Get SLAUGHTERED In A Divorce

In Child Support, Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on August 5, 2008 at 12:11 am

THE CAREER TRAP FOR MEN

             “Men always take it in the shorts, in court” – this is a very common sentiment among the husbands and fathers who are entering into the arena of battle called Family Court. It is an extremely unfamiliar playground for most men, because the rules of the game run contrary to what we as young boys are taught.

            As a child, a boy is taught to be tough, don’t let your emotions show, and conquer the other side with overwhelming strength. In the adult world of business and careers, those are exactly the skills that one needs to succeed.

            As a new husband and father, men are taught to be a good provider, which means to bring home a big paycheck to buy a big home, to pay for daycare and after-school activities like gymnastics, ballet, little league and soccer. This drive for career success provides men with a sense of accomplishment as they become the stereotype of ‘American Dad’.

            Then the divorce comes. Custody battles start, and the fight over money to support the child begins.

            This is where most men lose the battle before they even go into court. Not because the court is inherently against them, but because they don’t know the rules, and more importantly the goal of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

“When Attorneys Hate Each Other” – Divorce360.com

In Child Custody Issues, Child Support, Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on August 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Here’s a quote from me in an article on Divorce360.com:

“Lawyers are supposed to act as buffers between their clients. If I have a cooperative relationship with the opposing counsel, I get the best results for the client with least amount of cost,” said David Pisarra, 41, practicing family law attorney of 10 years, who heads the Santa Monica, Calif. law office of Pisarra and Grist. “If the other side just wants to battle, it creates acrimony. And that acrimony is counterproductive. What we are tying to do is split up their stuff and work with issues of custody and support of the kids. It doesn’t facilitate that at all if I don’t trust the other lawyer or get papered to death.”   

The full article is here:

http://www.divorce360.com/articles/696/warring-divorce-lawyers.aspx

Trying to be an island of calm is not always easy, particularly when the other side really wants to burn through their clients fees, and then make your client contribute, because “he makes more money” – an opinion I have heard far too often.

DON’T BE A “GOOD GUY” AND PAY OFF THE DEBT!!!!

In Property Issues, Spousal Support, Strategy Issues on August 3, 2008 at 12:15 am

NEVER PAY OFF THE DEBT BEFORE THE DIVORCE!!! 

            When it comes to strategy most men are really good at figuring out when to hold a poker hand, or call a Hail Mary in football. We spend hours talking about what works, what doesn’t and why. Men can spend all afternoon on a boat, with a six pack, talking about how to beat the casinos in Vegas, but when it comes to planning a divorce they clam up and what little instincts we have are usually wrong. A man will tend to do what he thinks is the “right thing” to do, and frequently it is the wrong thing to do, when you are going through a divorce.

            A common occurrence among the men who come to our office is that, they have just recently paid off all the debt. Sometimes they have refinanced their home and used an equity line on their home to get a lower interest rate on their credit card debt, and paid off their soon to be ex-wife’s credit cards.

            These are good things to do, if you are planning on staying married, but they are huge mistakes when it comes to the strategy of planning for a divorce. Read the rest of this entry »