Today, to effectively represent family law clients, family law practitioners need to have a broad-based knowledge of various areas of law. Family law practitioners are faced with new emerging global issues in their practice, and divorce cases that involve cross-border issues and non-U.S. citizen partners. This panel will examine the intersection of family law with immigration law and criminal law, and provide practical tips to help family law practitioners best assist their immigrant clients. The panelists will also review hot topics and answer questions that family law attorneys may face frequently.
Speakers: Hon. Maria Puente-Porras, Comm’r., LASC; Faith Nouri, Esq., CFLS.; Kia Feyzjou, Esq., CCLS
Moderator: Elie Seyedian, Esq.
When recent immigrants seek remedies in family law court, it is not uncommon for one party to claim there is no valid marriage. This panel will review what constitutes a valid marriage in California, the requirements for claiming putative spouse status, and provide tips on seeking relief for clients whose marital status is disputed.
Speakers: Hon. Keith Clemens, Comm’r. Ret.; Jeannette J. Wright, Esq.; Robert Fairfield, Esq.
Moderator: Jinna Kang, Esq., CFLS
May a cultural expert rely on a hearsay document or declaration to prove or disprove the existence or non-existence of a marriage entered overseas? What about the best interest of a child? Or spousal abuse in another culture? Or marital style and standard of living in another country? Or application of the F.C. 4320 factors in a jurisdiction with cultural proscriptions affecting employment? This panel of family law judges discusses the application of Sanchez in litigation where cultural context is an issue.
Participants: Hon. Patrick A. Cathcart, Judge, LASC; Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman, Judge, LASC; Hon. Bruce Iwasaki, Judge, LASC; Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge (LASC Family Law Division); Hon. Amy Pellman, Judge ,LASC; Hon. Maria Puente-Porras, Comm’r., LASC; Hon. Harvey A. Silberman, Judge, LASC.
Moderators: Laurel Brauer, Esq., CFLS; Steve Hittleman, Esq., CFLS; Steve Zand, Esq., CFLS
This panel addresses the needs and traditions of three major faith communities in the United States—Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam—related to marriage and divorce and how the religious requirements of these communities may impact civil divorce. The panelists will explain traditional concepts relevant to their respective religion, which might impact the needs of our clients in resolving the termination of their marriages and, therefore, might impact the issues presented to our civil courts. Focusing on practicalities, though founding the comments on explanations of tradition, the panelists will explore whether or where our civil processes and remedies can assist with the religious remedies and whether attempts to resolve religious issues in our civil courts violate the constitutional separation of church (synagogue or mosque) and state. In addition to exploring the religious questions inherent to divorce, this panel will also address registering the California divorce in the Philippines, a Catholic country which does not recognize divorce, and Nigeria, a Muslim country with its own requirements for its citizens.
Speakers: Honey Amado, Esq.; Donna Echiverri-Beckham, Esq.; Alexandra Leichter, Esq.; Sr. Tracey Sharp, SCRH; Imam Suhail Hasan Mulla
Moderator: Amaka Ada Akudinobi, Esq.
The panel "Homelessness at Home” is moderated by Dr. Gitu Bhatia, a psychologist in private practice with expertise in cross-cultural psychology. The panel includes Dr. Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor speaking on psychological evaluations for immigrants, Dr. Indhushree Rajan speaking about children of immigrants, and Dr. Peyman Raoofi addressing the issues related to refugee children.
Speakers: Indhushree Rajan, Ph.D.; Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor, Ph.D.; Peyman Raoofi, Psy.D.
Moderator: Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D.
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