Tips for Drafting Family Law Judgments



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Family Law
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Original Air Date:
October 26, 2021
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About the Program

You will be provided with a sample judgment and court check lists for processing judgments. Learn from the LA County family law court operations manager how the court processes judgments so that you can comply with procedural requirements in drafting your judgment to avoid rejection. Discover the top reasons a judgment is rejected. Receive tips on handling a rejected judgment. Learn other valuable judgment tips including suggestions as to certain judgment terms, bifurcated status and how to properly modify a judgment.

Meet the Speakers
Peter Ontiveros


Family Law Court Operations Manager for Los Angeles Superior Court
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Kendra Thomas


Thomas Law Office

Attorney Kendra Thomas is a Certified Family Law Specialist serving clients in the Southern California area at Thomas Law Offices, in Woodland Hills and Newport Beach, CA. Thomas Law Offices is a values-driven law firm, guided by principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.

Since founding Thomas Law Offices in 2007, Attorney Kendra Thomas has dedicated her career to helping clients reach their financial and legal goals. She understands that each client has different needs and goals, and she believes each person deserves high quality legal services no matter what size their case is, or their economic status. Some family law cases are best handled through litigation, while others only need compassionate understanding and explanation for everyone involved to come to a satisfactory agreement

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Brian P. Lepak


Partner Brian Lepak & Associates PC

Mr. Lepak is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He received an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin in 1984, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1987.  He was a partner at the former and preeminent family law firm of Trope and Trope LLP in Los Angeles.
Mr. Lepak is in his third consecutive year as chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section. He was also co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association for 2015-2016 and is currently on the Board of Governors for that Association. In 2019 Mr. Lepak received the prestigious President’s Award for his efforts at the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

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Hon. Amy M. Pellman


LASC, Stanley Mosk Courthouse

Amy M. Pellman, is a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge for the family law division. She was elected Commissioner in 2005 and appointed Judge in 2008. 

Judge Pellman has dedicated both her legal career and judicial career to working with children and families. She has spent the last 16 years in the Family Law division with a five-year hiatus at the Edelman’s Children’s Court.

In 2019, Judge Pellman received a number of awards for her work on behalf of children and families including Judge of the Year from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Judge of the Year from Southwestern Law school, and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Levitt and Quinn Family Lawn Center. More recently in 2020, Judge Pellman received the, “Family Law Judge of the year” by the American Inns of Court, Southern California chapter.

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