Marina Manoukian

Child Custody – Does the Child Get a Say?

Child Custody is one of the most important issues to be decided in a martial dissolution case. Indeed, parents going through divorce may end up spending tens of thousands of dollars and countless sleepless nights fighting over child custody and visitation. The issue of child custody has two components: (1) legal custody, and (2) physical…

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Update on Who Gets the Dog in the Divorce

Last year, I wrote about who gets the family pet in divorces in California.  Apparently, the topic was also important to lawmakers in Illinois.  They passed a bill that would allow the courts in Illinois to make determinations of who gets the family pet based on the well-being of the animal.  Below is the language…

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New Law Requires Children Under 15 to Have an Attorney Before They Are Allowed to Waive Their Miranda Rights

It is a parent’s worst nightmare for their child to be arrested and possibly prosecuted for a crime. In 2015, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made an estimated 921,600 arrests of persons under the age of 18, which is a decrease compared to 2006. Nevertheless, for parents, how children are treated by law enforcement…

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California Appellate Court Clarifies the Standard Necessary for Modification of Parenting Or Visitation Arrangement

On October 30, 2017m the 2nd District Court of Appeal in the case of In re Marriage of Furie 2017 Cal.Ap.. LEXIS 946 held that a “change of circumstances” is not necessary to modify a parenting or visitation arrangement not amount to a change of custody. Although the requested modification in that case involved was…

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Robots Have Been Buying Your Hamilton Tickets!

On October 2, 2017, Ticketmaster, LLC with headquarters located in West Hollywood, filed a federal lawsuit against Prestige Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.   In the action, Ticketmaster claims that Prestige Entertainment used computer programs (robots) to scoop up large amounts of the tickets available for hot events such as…

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Can My Child Decide Who He/She Wants to Live With?

Child Custody is one of the most important issues to be decide in a martial dissolution matters.  Indeed, parents going through divorce may end up spending tens of thousands of dollars and countless sleepless nights fighting over child custody and visitation.  The issue of child custody has two components: (1) legal custody; and (2) physical…

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Court of Appeal Affirms LA Superior Court’s Decision Not to Allow Husband to Modify Support Obligation Based on a Transfer of His Business to Current Wife and Claimed Retirement

The Second District Court of Appeal affirmed Judge Larua L. Siegle’s denial of a request for modification of support in the case of In re Marriage of Kevin J. and Cathy Berman (http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B272324.PDF), wherein the husband who owned a private investigation firm, had remarried and when he turned 65 years old, he handed the business…

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Who Gets the Dog in the Divorce?

In a time when more families own dogs, the question of who gets the family pet is a real question for some parties going through divorce.  Last year, the Washington Post reported that three-fourths of Americans in their 30’s have dogs.  Apparently, Millennials are more likely to have a pet than own a home, a car…

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Nanny Cam Recordings Ruled Admissible by California Court

In case you did not know, California is one of the few states that requires consent of all parties to a recorded conversation before the recording can be admissible as evidence.  In fact, if there is no consent, the recording can actually be considered a crime. This means that if you record a spouse, significant…

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Priority of Mechanic's Liens

One of the most important aspects of the power of mechanic’s lien is its priority over other liens or deeds of trust.  Generally, liens on property follow the rule of “first in time, first in line” meaning that the priority of liens are determined based on the timing of the recording of the lien.  To…

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