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Attorney Fees! If you want to hire an attorney for a dissolution or child custody proceeding, but can’t afford the full amount, the other party may be ordered to pay part or all of your attorney fees and costs!

Often in Family Law Cases one party may earn significantly more money than the other and the lower earning spouse may feel like they cannot afford the same legal counsel as the other. However, the court can order one party to pay for a portion of the other party’s legal fees. This can happen if one party demonstrates a financial need to the Court. There are several reasons why the Court may order one party to cover the other’s attorney fees. For instance, if you are being forced to file a motion if the other party is not complying with a court order, or the other party is acting in “bad faith.” The Court generally follows a certain guideline with the criteria listed above. Call Rice & Rice, Attorneys at Law for a free consultation. We can help determine if the court will be likely to order your spouse to pay your fees! Visit us at www.RiceandRiceLaw.com or call 866-571-4529.
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Although it may sound somewhat controversial before tying the knot, many people want to ensure that some of their specific items remain solely theirs. As a result, a “prenup” may be the right course of action. A prenuptial agreement can have several clauses that can extinguish certain community property rights. Furthermore, a prenuptial agreement can include language that limits spousal support if a divorce is to occur. California community property law is known for having an equal split. Our attorneys are well versed and have an extensive knowledge on what is divided during a divorce. Visit us at www.debraricelaw.com or call 866-571-4529.
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Although it may sound somewhat controversial before tying the knot, many people want to ensure that some of their specific items remain solely theirs. As a result, a “prenup” may be the right course of action. A prenuptial agreement can have several clauses that can extinguish certain community property rights. If there is a specific item that was separately owned by you before marriage, a prenuptial agreement can make it so it remains separately yours during and after marriage. Furthermore, a prenuptial agreement can include language that limits spousal support if a divorce is to occur. California community property law is known for having an equal split. Our attorneys are well versed and have an extensive knowledge on what is divided during a divorce. Visit us at www.debraricelaw.com or call 866-571-4529. http://ow.ly/qE2N3
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3) Even if your criminal case doesn’t show up in court records, employers can still see your record!

It is common practice for a court to purge and “clean” its database of records for cases that are more than ten years old. As a result of this, you cannot find public records when you search on the court’s website, or obtain information when you go to the court in person. Many people think that this means the court destroyed your case record, and that you now do not have to report your old crimes when applying for jobs. However, this is not the case. When background checks are performed, the companies often don’t even use court records. For every criminal case in California, at the time of conviction, the case information is sent to the California Department of Justice. This means that the state has a record of every single arrest and conviction ever brought against you. Employers obtain this information through companies pulling data usually consistent with your DOJ background check. So even if it appears as if your record has been destroyed by the court, the state of California will always keep your record. This confusion can lead to people not listing their previous crimes, and ultimately get denied employment when the employer sees the state record.
Therefore, it is often important to get a “live scan” beforehand, and see all arrests and convictions ever brought against you. This way you can have crimes that occurred decades ago expunged. The Law Offices of Debra J. Rice is very experienced in accumulating this data and reading these reports. We then determine how many previous cases can and need to be expunged by the court. This way when employers request a background check from the state, there won’t be any “forgotten” convictions, and you can be on your way to a new job! The last thing you want to do is “forget” something. That is usually the nail in the coffin as far as employers are concerned.
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Did you know your custody and support order can be modified?

Many people think that once a judge issues an order, that the order is final. However, that is not the case. Orders pertaining to child custody, support or visitation rights can be modified. Although it may not always be easy, a change of circumstance can warrant a judge to grant such a modification. For example, if you were employed at the time of the original order, and have subsequently been fired, you can request a decrease in the amount of support ordered. This is known as a “change of means,” and is quite common in family law. Modification can be done for spousal support as well. The same can be done for child custody and visitation rights if you have clearly demonstrated a change in your circumstance or behavior that warrants a change.
Conversely, if someone is ordered to pay you a certain amount of support, you can request a modification of the original order if it warrants a change. For example, if your former spouse was unemployed at the time of divorce, and they recently gained employment, you can request for the judge to modify the existing order and increase spousal support. Know your rights. Call the Law Offices of Debra J. Rice at 866-571-4529 to discuss your family law options, and a possible modification of an order.
Conversely, if someone is ordered to pay you a certain amount of support, you can request a modification of the original order if it warrants a change. For example, if your former spouse was unemployed at the time of divorce, and they recently gained employment, you can request for the judge to modify the existing order and increase spousal support. Know your rights. Call the Law Offices of Debra J. Rice to discuss your family law options, and a possible modification of an order.
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If you want to hire an attorney for dissolution, but can’t afford the full amount, the other party may be ordered to pay part or all of your attorney fees and costs!
Often times in a dissolution or divorce case, one party may earn a more significant amount of money than the other. What many people don’t know, however, is that the court can order one party to pay for a portion of the other party’s legal fees. This can happen if one party demonstrates a financial need to the court. There are several other reasons why the court may order one party to cover the other’s attorney fees. This includes you being forced to file a motion if one party is not complying with a court order. Furthermore, the court can order the other party to cover your costs if they are acting in “bad faith.” The court generally follows a certain guideline with the criteria listed above. Call the Law Offices of Debra Rice for a free consultation and to explain your circumstances to our experienced attorneys. We can help determine if the court will be likely to order your spouse to pay your fees! Visit us at www.debraricelaw.com or call 866-571-4529.
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10 day countdown for DUI arrests! If you have been arrested for DUI, please be aware that you must act quickly if you want to keep your license!


A DUI can carry serious implications. Don't make loosing your right to a DMV hearing one of them. As soon as you receive your DUI it is a race against the clock. You only have 10 days to setup a hearing with the DMV. If you don’t act quickly and the 10 days pass, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended. This can be a life saver in keeping your driving privileges.
It is recommended to hire an experienced DUI attorney who handles these hearings. Before your hearing it is important to request discovery and have your attorney review it to see all aspects of your arrest to see any possible defenses. This is particularly important because your attorney can usually get the police report before your actual court date and will be better prepared for negotiations as well as expediting the process. The Law Offices of Debra Rice regularly attends hearings for clients all over Southern California. Our attorneys are very familiar and well equipped to handle all DMV and Court Hearings, and can tailor a specific defense to your case. Call for a free consultation and act quickly before your license is taken away! 866 571-4529 or visit www.debraricelaw.com
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Did you know you can get your infraction expunged?

Although it is not as popular as expunging a misdemeanor or felony, infractions can be expunged as well. When applying for jobs, many employers do not request you to list infractions. However, if they are to request a formal background check, infractions such as petty theft or shoplifting can still be seen on your record. This can ultimately jeopardize your chances for employment. Luckily, infractions can be expunged. If you have completed all of the terms of your sentencing, paid all of your fines, and are not currently on probation for any other offense, you can have your infraction expunged. You must also explain to the judge why you are seeking the expungement, and how your standard of living will improve as a result of the expungement being granted.
Getting your infraction expunged does not completely remove the expungement from your record. If your expungement is granted, it changes your plea of nolo or guilty to not guilty. Furthermore, instead of listing that you were convicted, the charges will appear as if the case was dismissed. This alone can greatly increase your job prospects. Our firm is very experienced in all types of expungements, including infractions. We have successfully gotten infractions, misdemeanors and felonies expunged in multiple counties all over California. Speak to an attorney now for a free consultation to discuss your options, and get your life back on track! Call 1-888-994-9480 or go to www.expungementprofessionals.com
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Debunking a Common Expungement “Myth”: Will having a granted expungement completely remove my charges and conviction from my record on background checks? This is a common misconception regarding expungements. Many people think that having an expungement granted will magically remove everything regarding your case. This is not the case. If you were arrested for a crime and convicted, the charges will always appear on your record unless you obtain a record sealing or have a pardon (both have very specific requirements for eligibility and have certain time requirements). However, although the charges still appear, the information pertaining to the charges change. If the expungement is granted, your plea of “Nolo” or “Guilty” will retroactively change to “Not Guilty” and your disposition of “Convicted” will change to “Dismissed.” In many cases, this is enough for an employer to hire you, or for you to pass a background check. Although your charges will still appear in a search, your case will appear as if you were not guilty and the case dismissed. Contact the Law Offices of Debra Rice at (888) 994-9480 for a free review of your record. We can explain this process in greater detail, let you know if you are eligible for a possible record sealing, or discuss how you can have your record cleaned up. Now you know the truth behind a common expungement “myth.”
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