You know that twilight hour between lunch and the end of the workday when things get ... foggy? Your darkest hour. Focus begins to flutter, and you're on the edge of falling, irretrievably, into a black hole. You face two options: You should probably get coffee, but a trip to the bar is so much more ... More >>
The question of are you or are you not a criminal if you spank your kid made headlines again today after a San Francisco jury decided that a local father was not a child abuser because he spanked his 11-year-old son for acting up in church.According to the Public Defender's Office, 32-year-old Allan ... More >>
As the battle over the constitutionality of California's ban on gay marriage wends its way through the federal courts, the challenge to a similar law in Hawaii has taken a surprising turn.Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii's Democratic governor, said this week he will refuse to fight a lawsuit in U.S. Dist ... More >>
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi regained the right to see his 2-year-old son in family court today, overcoming a protective order that a judge had issued after domestic-violence charges were filed against him last month.According to an agreement between Mirkarimi and his wife and alleged abuse victim, Eli ... More >>
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's wife, whom he has been charged with physically abusing, appeared in San Francisco Family Court today asking a judge to allow her husband supervised visits with the couple's son, asserting that a court order barring Mirkarimi from seeing his family is doing "damage" to the ... More >>
A former mediator in Nevada County Family Court is suing court administrators over her dismissal after a labor arbitrator decided she raised valid concerns about whether the courts were operating properly and following state law.Emily Gallup, a Stanford graduate, was fired after her superiors cri ... More >>
Convicted child molesters Rex Anderson (left) and Henry Parson were awarded custody of their daughters in family courtIn this week's cover story, SF Weekly takes a look at some of the tragic results of mistakes by California's family courts. These courts' insufficient provisions for investigating ... More >>
Sure, you can visit the children....It's rare that the letter of the law undermines common sense so drastically as in a ruling that came down from the California Court of Appeals this month. According to the ruling, convicted child molesters could have visitation rights with their victims as long ... More >>
Facebook welcomes you Here is something to "Like" on Facebook.Facebook has created a new relationship status option that allows same-sex couples to declare they are "in a domestic partnership" or "in a civil union."Up until now, Facebook limited the relationship status options including single, i ... More >>
The California State Auditor released a report today questioning the qualifications of experts who make child-custody recommendations for the family courts in Marin and Sacramento counties.The report, which you can read in full here, found that neither county's family court system could produce a ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs Although it’s easy to get lost in the fact that California voters recently decided to put discrimination in the state constitution, a little perspective is in order: gay couples in California still have (almost) full equality under the law, with provisions for civil unions, ado ... More >>
Gay marriage is new. Gay divorce isn't.
The unsettling link between a group of firms that sell financial planning services to elderly Californians and one of the most notorious con men in U.S. history
How a lesbian love triangle involving two police officers and a former kickboxing champion led to a drawn-out privacy lawsuit against the San Mateo County DA who had allegedly outed the kickboxer to her ex-husband, a probation officer who then decided to
Week of January 15, 2003
Alanna Krause believes that much of her hellish childhood could have been avoided. Now she's suing her father, her therapist, and her lawyer in an effort to prove it. How did it come to this?
More than one ex-spouse has had problems with Manuel Saavedra
Prosecutors, judges, governors, a sex offender, and a woman with a penchant for poor judgement entangle California and Texas in an epic child custody war with two sure losers -- aged 7 and 9.
Letters from February 21, 2001
They're young, poor, unmarried fathers -- but don't call them deadbeat dads. They want to be part of their kids' lives, and Oakland's Midnight Basketball League is helping them do it.
It wasn't impossible to find justice in Michael Dufficy's Marin County courtroom. But it was easier if you had been to one of his parties.
Foreign workers coming into the country for high-paying tech jobs often bring wives with them. When these women are beaten and abused, they have nowhere to run.
Jack Boulware meditates on the devilish infighting over Anton LaVey's legacy
Parents who refuse to pay child support don't have much to worry about in California. Or, for that matter, San Francisco.