Saturday, September 19, 2020

Adoption Home Study Tips - Jennifer Bliss, PsyD


Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, shares advice for parents looking to adopt a child on how to prepare for a successful home study.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Pros And Cons Of Getting A Prenup


Laurie Barry, the Senior VP of Wealth Management at UBS, joins us to share her tips to couples considering a prenuptial agreement.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

How to Advocate & Negotiate in Your Custody Case


If you're going to advocate and negotiate that you should get an equal parenting time arrangement or shared custody or perhaps the other parents should not get any parenting time or supervised parenting time, you have to be not only convinced in your heart of hearts but you have to be able to articulate it to the judge.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Can You Withhold Child Support if Visitation is Being Denied?


Child support and parenting time are two different things and you can't condition one upon the other. What that means is you can't condition you having to pay child support based on the fact that you're not getting parenting time. They are two independent obligations.

Friday, September 4, 2020

How A Prenup Works


Ani Mason, a New York-based divorce lawyer and mediator, recently noticed more clients were asking her to prepare prenuptial agreements.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

How To Be Super Prepared for Your Custody Court Hearing


When you get a trial set for your custody case there's a lot of things you need to do to get ready. These are just a few of the things you can do to be really prepared (plus my number one tip for organizing your notes for custody court).

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Should My Child Fly? | Sharing Custody During COVID


If you are sharing custody what are parents to do if the child is supposed to be flying either across the country or in some cases across the world or to another country?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

What You Need To Know About Prenuptial Agreements


How do you know if a prenup is right for you? Hear why an estate management attorney says everyone getting married should consider one.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Five Factors That Determine The Outcome Of Divorce For Children



Going through a divorce is rough for all parties involved - especially the children. Unfortunately, kids are often stuck in this messy crossfire. But there are ways you can help your children better adjust to this process. Watch today's episode as I discuss five things you need to be mindful of, that affects your child's adjustment with your divorce!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Annulment Versus Divorce



There are various grounds upon which an annulment or a divorce could be granted by a court. The legal consequences could be very important, since an annulment basically erases a marriage, whereas a divorce simply terminates it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Is A Postnuptial Agreement Right For You?


Some married couples are taking the unusual step of resetting the clock on money issues, both good and bad, with a legal document called a postnuptial agreement.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Here's How the Great Depression Brought on Social Security | History



Explore how the Great Depression of the 1930s forced America to consider having a social safety net, leading President FDR to sign the Social Security Act into law via his New Deal programs. Learn how Social Security has changed over time.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

How To Divorce Peacefully



Divorce is never easy but there is no reason for it to destroy both of you. Watch this video as Dr. Paul Jenkins enlightens you to go to a better option of having your divorce peacefully and specific ways on how you can do it.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Workers Compensation Insurance Explained



Unfamiliar with workers compensation insurance? Learn the basics of workers comp, what it is, and why you may need it.

Monday, July 27, 2020

A Divorce Attorney Explains What's In a Prenuptial Agreement


Before this couple ties the knot, should they consider signing a prenuptial agreement? According to Vikki Ziegler, a divorce attorney who stars on Bravo’s Untying the Knot, it’s an important pre-marital step to consider.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Step Parent Adoption


If you are remarried and do not have a relationship with the other biological parent, you may be wondering if step-parent adoption is an option and how it works, among other things. Step-parent adoption represents a great chance for both you and your child (or children) to enjoy the increased security that comes with this legal arrangement. Studies have shown that there are tremendous psychological and emotional benefits to this type of family structure.

Simply put- a step parent adoption completely extinguishes the rights of the other biological parent and the step-parent becomes the legal parent of your child. In the event something were to ever happen to you, it would be the step-parent that would take guardianship of the child. While a step-parent adoption is not as complicated as other types of adoption, it is still a legal process that an experienced adoption attorney should help you with. This is especially true if there are issues with the biological parent, you are a same sex couple or you are in a situation where you each want to adopt children.

State laws vary by state and the sooner you get in touch with an attorney, the sooner you can celebrate this very exciting event.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Reasons A Parent Can Lose Custody


Child custody can get really messy and no parent would ever want to lose so watch out, here are reasons on how you could lose the battle.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

How To Win Child Custody



Winning child custody requires doing the opposite of what you expect. You are going through one of the hardest things you could ever face, and I have some advice that can drastically make things better, for you and your child.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Dealing With Debt From Divorce


Unfortunately, debt and divorce too often go hand in hand. In some instances, it was the debt that drove the couple to divorce. In other, it was the divorce that drove the individuals into debt. Whatever the cause, dealing with major debt amidst a divorce makes the already emotional process all the more frustrating. An attorney can help you get a handle on the debt and so much more.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Who Has Custody Of A Child Born Out Of Wedlock?


The law is clear that when a child is born within a marriage, it is the product of the marriage but that's not always the case. If you've got questions regarding a child custody out of wedlock, here's an informational video just for you.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

Understanding the Social Security Disability Process


If you are going through the Social Security Disability process of filing a claim, it may be helpful to work with someone who knows the in's and out's of this complicated system


At Hodson & Mullin, we know disabled people need help. Faced with a possible lifetime of great physical pain and a frightening financial future, many are so overwhelmed they don't know where to turn. At Hodson & Mullin we not only understand, we effectively steer our eligible clients through the Social Security Disability application and appeal processes, with countless successful cases over the decades.

At our firm, a highly experienced legal assistant will spend a great deal of time working with you and gathering records and information to perfect your claim, but your legal questions will be answered by an experienced attorney.

We are registered with the Social Security Administration and when necessary, we appear at actual hearings throughout Northern California to present our clients’ cases effectively, with an eye toward the most favorable outcomes.

Most of our experienced legal assistants are fluent in both English and Spanish, so language is never a barrier to obtaining results.

We are happy to meet with you for an initial consultation without charge to you, and you incur no costs at all unless and until your case is resolved and you receive a settlement or benefits. Schedule an appointment with us today at our Vacaville or Fairfield offices!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Separation vs Divorce


Are you unsure about the future of your marriage? Here are some tips to help you explore the difference between separation and divorce.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

What A Prenup Needs To Include To Make It Valid And Balanced For Both Parties


An asset protection attorney offers tips on what to include when writing a prenup and why each side must get something to make the agreement valid.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

How to Prove the Best Interest of the Child


When going through your divorce process, you will encounter something that seems mysterious and maybe even arbitrary to you—a judge's decision about who receives custody and visitation rights. It's also probably one of the things that worries you the most. You fear having restricted access to your children who you love dearly, and you might think an arbitrary decision from a judge might bar you from seeing your children on a regular basis.

While there is no formula for custody and visitation, with each case evaluated on its own merits, there are some factors that you and your attorney can consider when strategizing.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Requirements for Child Custody Modification In Your State


One of the most common questions I get is whether or not child custody can be changed or modified once a judge makes a decision.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Expert Advice: What Having A Postnup Really Means


Is a postnuptial agreement helpful in dealing with issues that may crop up inside an existing marriage? Estate Management Attorney, Ann-Margaret Carrozza, says a postnup provides much more than just ‘exit rules’ in the event of a divorce.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Adoption Home Study Tips - Jennifer Bliss, PsyD


Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, shares advice for parents looking to adopt a child on how to prepare for a successful home study.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What To Do When You've Been Injured At Work


Your job is not just something you work hard at but something that is important to your livelihood. That’s why a workplace injury can be so devastating—missed time at work can mean missed paychecks and expensive medical bills.

Enter workers’ compensation. Designed (in many cases) to be the exclusive remedy for injuries that happen on the job, each state is different when it comes to filing claims and collecting these important benefits. The workers’ compensation system can sometimes be complicated with very specific procedural requirements before your claim will be accepted.

For that reason and many others, working with a workers’ compensation attorney can help make sure you get approved for these important benefits.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

How Do You Communicate When Trying to Co-Parent with a High-Conflict Ex?


Karen Dorsey who is a Certified Divorce Coach and Mediator shares how you can communicate when you're trying to co-parent with a high-conflict ex using the BIFF method developed by Bill Eddy.

Monday, May 25, 2020

When A Child is Afraid of The Other Parent | Child Custody


When you are sharing custody, what do you do when your child is expressing fears such as saying they are afraid of the other parent or they don't want to go to the other parent’s house?

*This should not be considered legal advice

Friday, May 22, 2020

Closed Adoption


In a closed adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents work through an agency or another third party. 

They do not have contact with one another and care is taken to prevent each party from learning the other's identity. While information about the child's medical history and other important factors are provided to the adoptive parents, information about the birth parents is kept sealed.

Traditionally, adoptees would need a court order to get that information released. However, since the late 1990s some states have begun to allow adoptees over the age of 18 to have the records released without a court order. This is consistent with a growing trend in this country toward open adoptions.

If you have a question about a closed adoption, or are seeking to learn more information about a birth parent, contact an adoption attorney in your area today

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Preparing for Video and Audio Custody Hearings During COVID-19


Join Wendy Hernandez and the Honorable Elizabeth Hurley as they discuss family law, the COVID Crisis (as it relates to family law) and other things. You definitely don't want to miss it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Can a DUI Affect Child Custody?


How bad is a DUI on a parent's record when it comes to custody? It depends on different things such as when that DUI happened, was the person convicted, and what are the terms of the conviction.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?


Learn about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the two rules to receive it.


At Hodson & Mullin, we know disabled people need help. Faced with a possible lifetime of great physical pain and a frightening financial future, many are so overwhelmed they don't know where to turn. At Hodson & Mullin we not only understand, we effectively steer our eligible clients through the Social Security Disability application and appeal processes, with countless successful cases over the decades. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Is Child Support Retroactive?


One reason to file for custody or child support is that child support can be, in some cases, retroactive. If you're separated from your ex and you've never filed for custody or child support it's something you need to think about.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Termination Of Child Support


A parent can petition the family court to terminate child support obligations when the child is no longer eligible for such support. The parent must file what's usually called an "Affidavit for Termination of Child Support" or something similar. It is a standardized court form which usually allows the parent to simply check-the-box for the reason why the support is no longer needed -- such as the child reached the age of majority, got married, became emancipated, or in some cases simply became self-supporting, rendering payment of support to the other parent unnecessary.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Workers Compensation For Mental Health Injuries



If you suffer from a mental health injury, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome or depression, then you know that a mental health injury can be every bit as debilitating as a physical injury. In many states, you can receive workers compensation for mental health injuries incurred on the job.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Pros And Cons Of Getting A Prenup


Laurie Barry, the Senior VP of Wealth Management at UBS, joins us to share her tips to couples considering a prenuptial agreement.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Confused About How Parenting Time Works During COVID-19? | A Judge Weighs In


Since COVID-19 schools all over the country are no longer officially in session and we're doing this distance learning thing. As a result, there's confusion between parents about how we should be treating time with the children especially in situations where both parents are home.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How Are You Supposed to Co-parent During COVID-19


Clinical Social Worker from Sharp Mesa Vista, Maricar Jenkins, joined Morning Extra to help guide people through this tough time.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Best Adoption Surprise Compilation That Will Melt Your Heart


Lets remember and be grateful for that, that matters most... family! Here is a tear jerking compilation of others getting that gift as well! Please enjoy.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Family Law : Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer


Questions to ask a divorce lawyer should center around their experience, their connections with judges, the outcome of their past cases and who they usually represent. Prepare a list of questions in writing with advice from a certified family mediator in this video on family law.

Monday, April 6, 2020

How A Prenup Works


Ani Mason, a New York-based divorce lawyer and mediator, recently noticed more clients were asking her to prepare prenuptial agreements.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Child Custody & Coronavirus: Sharing Custody When One Parent is Sick



As a family law attorney, I am getting more and more questions from parents who share custody and are struggling during this coronavirus pandemic. One of the dilemmas parents are facing is whether to send the child to a parent who is sick when they are sharing parenting time duties.

If you're in this situation whether you're the sick parent or the healthy parent I want you to go to the thing that I always tell you to go to and that is what is in the best interest of the children. That is always the guiding principle when making decisions about your kids. I'm confident that any judge in the nation and in the world at this point is going to tell you the same thing.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Control What You Can: Tip #2 - Casting Your Vision



In my first video on tips to control what you can I talked about reading. Today I want to talk about casting your vision and I know that sounds a little crazy to some people but it's really important because it's very easy in times like this to get weighed down by the bad things that are happening or the past experiences that we've had in the past.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Control What You Can: Tip #1 Read To Feed Your Mind



"There are so many things in our life that we cannot control. There are things that are going to happen that there is absolutely nothing we can do to control it. This is the situation that we all find ourselves in right now. We can't control this pandemic so the best we can do is to control ourselves and our minds.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Child Custody & Coronavirus: Sharing Custody When One Parent is Sick



As a family law attorney, I am getting more and more questions from parents who share custody and are struggling during this coronavirus pandemic. One of the dilemmas parents are facing is whether to send the child to a parent who is sick when they are sharing parenting time duties.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

How To Calculator Your Retirement Benefits Based Your Personal Earnings History



Use the Retirement Calculator in your personal my Social Security account to get personalized benefit estimates that are closer to what your actual benefit will be when you’re ready to start receiving them. You can also get a better understanding of how when you begin receiving benefits affects the monthly amount you can expect to receive. Learn more: http://ow.ly/5XTj50yMReK

Friday, March 13, 2020

Is A Good Divorce Better Than A Bad Marriage For Kids?



Media commentator and friend of the show John Caldwell joins us to talk about the question: is it better to divorce, than to stay together for the sake of the children?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

How to Save Your Marriage (2020 Edition)



Hey, Brad Browning here… and in this video, I’m going to tell you exactly how you can save your marriage today, even if you’re the only one putting in the effort. I’ve covered this topic before on my channel, but since then, I’ve discovered some brand-new tips and tricks that will help you build a stronger and more resilient marriage.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The 3 Things Your Spouse Needs To Hear Every Day



It is every couple's dream to live together in forever after, and I believe that is absolutely possible. Would you like to keep the bond of you and your spouse happy and strong? In this video, I will share 3 tips on what your spouse may need to hear every single day. Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Top Ten Tips For Divorce



Are you struggling because you don't where to turn, now that you are getting a divorce? Divorcing Divas offer their Top Ten Tips to help you get through the legal, financial, and emotional hurdles of divorce. Learn that you are not alone. Hear practical advice on where to go to get support. Remember: it's not the end... it's the beginning.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Workers Compensation Insurance Explained



Unfamiliar with workers compensation insurance? Learn the basics of workers comp, what it is, and why you may need it.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Here's How the Great Depression Brought on Social Security | History



Explore how the Great Depression of the 1930s forced America to consider having a social safety net, leading President FDR to sign the Social Security Act into law via his New Deal programs. Learn how Social Security has changed over time.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Sacred Cows Of Marriage And Divorce



This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Astro and his wife, Danielle, bring a fresh and startling perspective on marriage and divorce.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Disrupting the Divorce Experience. Defining Your Next Chapter.



When faced with the life-altering reality of a marriage ending, everything seems dire. After encountering this herself, Sadie Bjornstad set off to understand why the divorce process is so isolating and clouded with negativity. What’s more, she seeks to establish clarity in how to shape life after divorce. Her research has led her to meet with women across the country and uncover common themes to their experiences. Now Sadie shares the foundation she’s created for navigating relationship transitions on a positive, connected path toward revival and renewal. Sadie is a veteran of healthcare marketing, with over 10 years of experience in professional pharmaceutical marketing. Sadie has supported brands that reach patients struggling with mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, and most recently, patients with IBD. Sadie is also the founder of the women’s network, XO Community, which focuses on bringing resources and community for those going through a transition in their relationship. Sadie graduated with a Degree with Distinction from University of Delaware, where she received a scholarship to play Division 1 volleyball. She later received her MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Sadie is an avid beach volleyball player and yoga enthusiast. Sadie’s true joy comes from spending time with her daughter, working in the community, and being with her extended family

Monday, February 3, 2020

How To Win Child Custody



Winning child custody requires doing the opposite of what you expect. You are going through one of the hardest things you could ever face, and I have some advice that can drastically make things better, for you and your child.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Rebuilding A Relationship After A Separation



When people go through a separation, they often get sucked into a complicated dynamic that involves a lot of anger, sadness, and negativity. However, rebuilding the relationship can sometimes be crucial - especially if children are involved. In today's episode, we're going to talk about how this can be done successfully.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Things You Should Do Six Weeks Before Your Child Custody Trial



In this CTC live replay, Wendy Hernandez, family law attorney, talks about things that you should be doing six weeks prior to your custody trial and answering your questions. Generally speaking this is what I do 6 weeks before a custody trial. However, remember deadlines differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In part 1 I talk about checking your local rules, reading the judge’s minute entries, calendaring deadlines, and the difference between disclosing exhibits and exchanging exhibits.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Phone Scammers Impersonating Social Security Administration



There is a new warning about a rapidly growing phone scam where criminals call pretending to be from the Social Security Administration. The FTC says they want your social security number and money. The scheme has already cost consumers millions of dollars. Anna Werner reports.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Helping Divorced Women Start Over: Applying What I Learned



It’s difficult for working mothers to manage a household and a career, which forces many to exit the workforce to focus on their families. This leaves them at a great disadvantage when they divorce. Their troubles are only magnified when child support and alimony issues arise. Oraynab Jwayyed discusses the obstacles that hold divorced mothers back and how they, and their community, can overcome them.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

4 Habits of ALL Successful Relationships



ALL relationships face a similar set of hurdles. We all need to be equipped to get over the hurdles, so that our relationships don’t just survive, but thrive. Based on over 20+ years’ experience of working with countless couples, Dr. Andrea & Jon Taylor-Cummings share their observations of the 4 fundamental habits that all successful relationships exhibit.