Sperm donation, parental rights, and the law: Column by CFLGSD member Myra Chack Fleischer

Sperm-Donation-Paternity-Child-Support-Law

Can a sperm donor end up on the hook for child support? The case of Kansas sperm donor William Marotta has raised numerous questions about the potential obligations of a sperm donor who never intended to be a legal parent to a child. Laws do vary from state to state; the law in California is similar to Kansas. The issue in this case arose after a same-sex couple separated, and no second parent adoption took place.

CFLGSD member Myra Chack Fleischer, lead counsel with Fleischer & Associates, explored the many issues raised in this case in her latest column for Communities Digital News at the Washington Times. Read more here. What implications does this have for your clients?

Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/legally-speaking/2013/jan/17/daddy-sperm-donors-paternity-child-support-law/

Fox 5 News Interview, January 7, 2013: Make 2013 A Better Year for Your Wallet featuring CFLGSD Member Justin Reckers

Justin Reckers, CFP®, CDFATM, AIF®, Managing Director of Pacific Divorce Management and immediate past board chairman of CFLG San Diego, was recently interviewed by reporter Christian de la Rosa of Fox 5 News in San Diego on tips to improve your financial health in 2013. See the report here for Justin’s excellent advice, whether you’re getting divorced or not.

Advice on How To Tell Kids About Divorce

How to tell your kids about divorce

In this post from the blog PsychCentral.com, author Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D, ABPP, offers advice not just on what to say, but how to say it. Phillips also points out that children will watch what you do and how you act even more closely. Read Phillips’ advice here. From your experience, has she got it right?

CFLGSD member Myra Fleischer Welcomes Israeli Idol singer Hagit Yaso to San Diego for Benefit Concert

CFLGSD members actively donate their time to numerous charitable causes. Attorney Myra Fleischer recently welcomed “Israeli Idol” singer Hagit Yaso to San Diego for a benefit concert on behalf of the Jewish National Fund. Fleischer is the San Diego regional board president. The successful event raised funds and awareness, drawing a crowd of 450 people to the Lawrence Jewish Community Center.

Singer Hagit Yaso and Myra Fleischer

Myra Fleischer (third from left) and Myra’s family join Israeli Idol singer Hagit Yaso (second from left) before her recent benefit concert in San Diego on behalf of the Jewish National Fund.

Israeli Idol Hagit Yaso

Israeli Idol Hagit Yaso sings at a benefit concert in San Diego on behalf of the Jewish National Fund. 

Jewish National Fund San Diego region president Myra Fleischer
Myra Fleischer, San Diego region president of the Jewish National Fund, speaks to the audience at a benefit concert in San Diego.

 

Fiscal Cliff Divorce Planning

Jumping off the fiscal cliff

Don’t jump off the fiscal cliff in the midst of a divorce without a safety net in place.

With the fiscal cliff seemingly looming as a reality, Justin Reckers, CFP, CDFA of Pacific Divorce Management has advice on financial planning strategies if your divorce settlement could be affected by this situation. Read more here and talk to legal and financial professionals such as the team at CFLG San Diego if you need to take action before the end of the year.

 

 

Gift Giving: Can You Take Out the Emotion and Leave the Joy?

CFLG San Diego member Justin Reckers, CFP®, CDFATM, AIF®, managing director at Pacific Divorce Management, was recently interviewed for a story about advising financial clients about how to keep holiday spending under control. While Justin doesn’t specifically address divorced families, it’s not uncommon for divorced parents to try and make it up to their children by giving lavish gifts that they really cannot afford. This is great advice for them, and for anyone tempted to spend beyond his or her means.

Read the article here.

 

 

Sesame Street and collaborative divorce

Sesame Street and Divorce

Abby Cadabby shows drawings of her mommy and her daddy’s homes.

The much beloved and admired children’s TV series “Sesame Street” discussed the topic of divorce for the very first time in the show’s history this week. Producers tried putting a segment together in 1992, but when they tested it with children it didn’t go over so well.

Armed with new research and a different approach, the producers believe they’ve got it right this time, and the children who previewed the presentation agreed.

It seems safe to say that “Sesame Street” would endorse the collaborative divorce philosophy, putting the children’s needs and emotional well-being first, assuring them their parents love them no matter where they live.

The show has addressed many difficult topics over the years including AIDS, natural disasters, racism, and adoption. Of all the tough topics on the show, divorce has been among the most challenging.

Read more here and let us know what you think of the “Sesame Street” approach.

 

 

The first family Christmas post-divorce

The first family Christmas after a divorce can be daunting for anyone. Read here how newly divorced mom Heidi StPink Christmasevens handled the situation with a promise for a pink Christmas tree. Do you have tips to share about navigating that first holiday – or birthday, summer vacation, or school play – after parents get divorced?

KPBS-TV Interview: Cuts to San Diego County Courts Are Affecting Families

Attorney Shawn Weber of Brave Weber & Mack and a member of CFLG San Diego appeared on KPBS Evening Edition with anchor Peggy Pico on Monday, December 3 for an interview about the impact of state court system budget cutbacks in the family law courts, and how individuals with family law matters could be affected. Weber encouraged people to give more consideration to seeking alternatives such as collaborative methods rather than pursuing matters in the courts. Please watch the interview here.

KPBS Radio Interview: San Diego County Court budget cuts will affect family law cases

CFLG San Diego member Shawn Weber, attorney with Brave, Weber & Mack, discussed Shawn Weber and Maureen Cavanaughthe impact of recent budget cutbacks to San Diego County’s family law courts on KPBS Radio’s “Midday Edition” with host Maureen Cavanaugh on Monday, December 3. Weber explained changes affecting court operations, and how this might negatively affect individuals with family law matters. Weber urged listeners to consider alternatives to going to court, such as collaborative law or mediation. Please listen to the interview at this link.