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Family Law

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Southpaw Teams Up With Wrecking Ball on Coffee Beer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Not Even Liberal San Francisco Minds if You Spank Your Kid

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Hawaii Governor Refuses to Defend Gay Marriage Ban in Court

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Alleged Wife Abuser, Wins Right to Visit Son

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Ross Mirkarimi Update: Court Papers Detail "Damage" to Son from Judge's Stay-Away Order

    ​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 >>

  • News

    June 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Whistleblower Sues Family Court over Firing

    ​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 >>

  • News

    March 23, 2011
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    March 9, 2011
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    March 2, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Documents Shed Light on Family Courts' Soft Stance Toward Abuse

    Convicted child molesters Rex Anderson (left) and Henry Parson were awarded custody of their daughters in family court​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Bizarre Court Decision: Child Molesters Can Visit Children

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Facebook Recognizes Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    State Audit Questions Qualifications of Family Court Personnel

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Do Gay Rights Have a Future Outside of California? Do We Care?

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2008
  • News

    June 4, 2008

    The Gay Divorcees

    Gay marriage is new. Gay divorce isn't.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008
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    November 19, 2007
  • News

    September 10, 2003

    Son of Super Swindler

    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

  • News

    July 2, 2003

    San Mateo Confidential

    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

  • News

    January 15, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of January 15, 2003

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    Girl, Interrupted

    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?

  • News

    November 14, 2001

    Wives' Tale

    More than one ex-spouse has had problems with Manuel Saavedra

  • News

    November 14, 2001

    Law and Borders

    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.

  • News

    February 21, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from February 21, 2001

  • News

    February 7, 2001

    Full Court Fathers

    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.

  • News

    October 18, 2000

    Odor! Odor in the Court

    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.

  • News

    May 3, 2000

    The Land of Blood & Money

    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.

  • News

    June 17, 1998

    Has the Church of Satan Gone to Hell?

    Jack Boulware meditates on the devilish infighting over Anton LaVey's legacy

  • Calendar

    January 14, 1998
  • News

    July 10, 1996
  • News

    June 12, 1996

    Deadbeat Heaven

    Parents who refuse to pay child support don't have much to worry about in California. Or, for that matter, San Francisco.

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