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With so many families having changing custody arrangements due to the increasing mobility of our society and additionally due to the COVID-19 crisis, the courts are facing an onrush of UCCJEA litigation. What happens when a parent left out of state before the pandemic and then never returned? Who has custody jurisdiction?
These questions and many more will be addressed by our panel led by Judge Hank Goldberg (Ret.). This is a program for both seasoned practitioners seeking a refresher on this complicated area of law, and also a starting point for new attorneys on how to approach a jurisdictional issue. It will address the legal basis for temporary emergency jurisdiction, initial jurisdiction, continuing jurisdiction and modification jurisdiction under UCCJEA, using a hypothetical to demonstrate the often-labyrinthine analysis, and raise tactical considerations. Judge Goldberg will explain the nuts and bolts of how California judges meet the requirement to communicate with judges of another state when a custody proceeding is pending in another state. The objective of the program is to have a framework to deal with UCCJEA issues and a toolkit for tactical considerations.
Alphonse Provinziano is a board member of the Los Angeles County Family Law Executive Committee. He is the founder of Provinziano & Associates, which focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce and child custody disputes, domestic violence and restraining orders, grandparents’ rights, prenuptial agreements, and family matters involving celebrities and other high net-worth individuals. A longtime Los Angeles-based family law attorney, Provinziano is sought after for his years of experience navigating high-stakes divorces as well as his comprehensive knowledge of nuanced and complex financial matters.
Judge Goldberg has earned a statewide reputation for his expertise in family law and general litigation matters. Appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge in 2003, he spent six years in criminal court and 10 years in family court. He managed all types of family law disputes and he also has extensive experience handling high-profile and celebrity cases as an Assisting Supervising Judge of family law. For four years, Judge Goldberg ran the Family Law settlement court, where he settled thousands of family law matters and related civil cases. His exceptional settlement rate earned him an excellent reputation for resolving matters and offering creative solutions for complex financial and child custody matters. He served to terms as Assistant Supervising Judge of the Family Law Division.
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