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Retired Los Angeles County judge joins Signature Resolution

Hon. Amy M. Pellman (Ret.)

February 22, 2024 - R etired Judge Amy M. Pellman joined the panel of neutrals at the Signature Resolution. Pellman retired from the Los Angeles County Superior Court o...

Thought Leadership

Successful mediations call for an artist’s touch

Hon. Robert McGuiness (Ret.)

February 20, 2024 - Mediation is essentially an art, not a science. Along the lines of Jus-tice Potter Stewart’s de- finition of pornography, you will know a good me...

Thought Leadership

Guide to Family Court “Buzzwords” (Part 1)

Comm. Patti C. Ratekin (Ret.)

November 27, 2023 - Shutterstock T he purpose of this guide is to provide an instant definition of most of the common terms and “buzz- words” heard in a Famil...

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Guide to Family Court “Buzzwords” (Part 2)

Comm. Patti C. Ratekin (Ret.)

November 27, 2023 - Shutterstock T he purpose of this guide is to provide an instant definition of most of the common terms and “buzz- words” heard in a Famil...

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Experienced Viewpoint: Neutral Patti C. Ratekin’s honesty educes client’s trust

Comm. Patti C. Ratekin (Ret.)

March 24, 2023 - Experienced Viewpoint Neutral Patti C. Ratekin’s honesty educes clients’ trust, lawyers say. D uring her long run on the San Diego County Sup...

Thought Leadership

Even “toxic” clients deserve to have divorces effectively litigated or settled

Hon. Hank M. Goldberg (Ret.)

December 13, 2022 - By Hank Goldberg F amily law attorneys could learn a thing or two from criminal defense attorneys. When a criminal defense attorney represents a...

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Third-parent claims require careful navigation

Comm. Patti C. Ratekin (Ret.)

October 21, 2022 - By Patti Ratekin Imagine that you have raised a child from a young age. You’ve been part of every milestone in his life, comforting him when he ...

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Family Law and Resilience: A time to carry on

Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis (Ret.) | Hon. Scott M. Gordon (Ret.)

May 21, 2020 - Some litigants may resort to a form of self-help. If they don’t like the order, they just won’t comply, because it would be difficult for the...

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The Hague Convention: Aspects of International Child Abduction

Hon. Scott M. Gordon (Ret.)

November 09, 2019 - ditional custody hearings in which a court looks to the best interest of the child to fashion the appropri- ate custody and visitation orders. The...

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Pyrrhic Victories and the Cost of Fam Law Lit

Hon. Scott M. Gordon (Ret.)

August 26, 2019 - next evolution, but that is where they should be looking. It has been said that it is hard to write the next chapter of your life if you keep re-...

Neutral Spotlight

Los Angeles Judge Retires, Starts Neutral Career at Signature

Hon. Scott M. Gordon (Ret.)

August 20, 2019 - After more than 40 years working in the public sector, retired Los An-geles Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon started as a neutral at Signature ...

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In #MeToo Era, Misconduct Settlements Stay Confidential

Hon. Louis M. Meisinger (Ret.)

August 27, 2018 - As skepticism grows and legislation tightens on the confidentiality agree-ments that kept accounts of sexual misconduct in Hollywood from coming to...