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Oakland Sues Feds to Save Pot Dispensary

Typically a lawsuit involving a pot dispensary is initiated by the federal government. But this time around Oakland is suing to stop federal officials from shutting down a dispensary. Harborside Health Center is the largest dispensary in the city and it brings in a lot of tax money along with the three other dispensaries licensed in Oakland. Melissa Haag, the U.S. Attorney assigned to the case, says Harborside violates California law because of the amount of business it does. But Oakland claims shutting down the dispensary will create health and safety concerns within the community. The city is also upset that the...

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to overhaul disabled access law

The disabled are being promised better wheelchair access to businesses at the same time that business owners are gaining some protection against expensive, "predatory" lawsuits under legislation just signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bipartisan bill by state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg  (D-Sacramento) and state Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) overhauls state disability access law by prohibiting lawyers from sending "demand for money" letters to owners of restaurants and other high-traffic businesses. The measure. SB 1186, also bans the stacking of multiple claims for the same alleged violation and reduces damages due from facilities that fix unintentional problems within a short time. "The...

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Out With The Old Forms For Orders-In With The New

Effective July 1, 2012, three family law Judicial Council forms—Order to Show Cause (FL-300), Notice of Motion (FL-301), and Application for Order and Supporting Declaration (FL-310)—will be combined into a single, newly titled Request for Order form (FL-300). The new form is mandatory for all the same purposes as the old forms, i.e., to request new orders, modifications to existing orders, and temporary emergency orders. In addition, a new Information Sheet for Request for Order (FL-300-INFO) provides information on how to fill out, file, and serve the new Request for Order form. These forms have been consolidated pursuant to the Elkins...

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How Child Support Calculations Work

Child support calculations is a popular question both for custodial parents who would receive the support and non-custodial parents who would have to pay. The difficulty and confusion surrounding child support calculations can partly be explained by the fact that there are no uniform national rules for how much someone has to pay. Instead, each state has its own rules on how much child support is owed, and calculating payments generally depends upon individual circumstances like income, number of children and timeshare (% of visitation). Child support is typically set by a court that evaluates the state guidelines for how much someone has...

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New Booster Seat Law

The new California Booster Seat Law prohibits parents, guardians, or drivers from transporting on a highway in a motor vehicle any child under 8 years old without securing that child in a child restraint meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards. The new child safety seat law, which went into effect in January 2012, imposes stiff fines and penalties for violations, including the possibility of child endangerment charges. The old California Booster Seat Law had required a child under 6 years of age, who weighed less than 60 pounds, to be secured in a rear seat in a child restraint that met federal...

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STUDY ON WHY MARRIAGES FAIL

In a new study, researchers surveyed 136 married couples who all reported being very satisfied in the first four years of their marriages. They questioned each spouse periodically over a period of 10 years, asking them to rate statements about marriage satisfaction, level of commitment, personality traits, stress levels, problem solving abilities, and how supportive they were with their partners. Some skills and traits were rated by the researchers, as the couples discussed relationship difficulties in the lab. . . The couples who went on to divorce over the next ten years did not differ from the couples who stayed married...

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California Divorce or Dissolution Rate Is At 75%

The California divorce rate is now at a staggering 75 percent. Three out of four marriages in the Golden State end in divorce. For many years, California has been known as the Divorce Capitol of the World, but today's marriage dropout rate is shocking --- even by California standards. Divorce is everywhere in 2012, reinforced by constant media headlines regarding a seemingly endless tide of celebrity divorces. The marriage breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the marital split of superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries breakup, the Katy Perry and Russell Brand divorce drama, and...

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5 Things You Should Know to Avoid Being Called a “Deadbeat Dad”

There's probably no worse position as a parent than being called a "deadbeat dad." If you have children who are not living with you, you may have an order requiring paying child support. To ensure that you avoid that "deadbeat dad" moniker, here are five things that you should know: Moving out of state does not get you off the hook. The custodial parent of the child can request a court to impose enforcement of child support on you even if you move out of state. Additionally, the custodial parent can request that the state forward the child support order to...

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5 Things to Do Before You Move Out

It's move out time, which means you're spending your days planning your move and your nights packing your life into dozens of boxes. No fun at all. Unfortunately, there are a few more things you need to add to your to-do list. If you want to protect yourself against a landlord lawsuit and an unreturned security deposit, that is. If you do, don't forget to do the following five things before you move out. In the end, you'll be glad you did. 1. Give proper notice. Your lease will normally tell you what kind of notice you have to provide before you...

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More US Women Paying Child Support, Alimony

The glass ceiling for women may finally be shattering, but not in the way you may think. A new survey indicates that more American women are now paying alimony and child support to their ex-spouses. The survey was conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The group discovered that 56 percent of divorce lawyers surveyed reported seeing an increase in mothers paying child support over the last three years. Additionally, 47 percent said women were paying alimony.  Why the sudden change? It might be due to more women becoming their family's breadwinners. Despite statistics that indicate many women still earn less...

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