Could Brad Pitt win Primary Physical Custody of His Children with Angelina Jolie?

A major issue in any child custody battle is whether or not a parent is abusing the children, usually not physically, but emotionally. It’s certain in my opinion to be an issue in the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie child custody and divorce case. Her behavior of trying to alienate the children from Brad is a clear indicator to most experienced observers of abusive behavior. The emotional abuse that one parent perpetrate upon a child is astounding, especially in area of parental alienation. I have no idea if the situation is that bad with Brad and the children, but in my experience the dangers to the children are real for children who have been alienated from a parent. And the effects are probably even worse on the parent, who suffers greatly at the loss of time and relationship with a child.

The “cure” for this behavior is a wholesale switching of custody, obviously judges rarely do that lightly. The case has to be brutally clear for a judge to remove a child from one parent’s home (especially if that is the “stable” home they’ve been living in).

I don’t have enough facts to really know what’s going on with the custody battle of Brad and Angelina, but I share my obserations with here.

Could Angelina lose custody of her children for abusive behavior?

Could Angelina lose custody of her children for abusive behavior?



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I was asked to comment on the ever shocking child custody case of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for

Angie is saying Brads a deadbeat dad who hasn’t paid “meaningful” support. He says he’s given her $9,000,000 for six children for about 18 months of support

So that’s about $500,000 a month or $91,000 per child per month. I’m pretty sure I could feed clothe and house a child on that monthly. Maybe even annually.

Remember that’s all child support is after tax money that she doesn’t pay income taxes on.

Here’s the full article will all my comments.

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Many high net worth couples don’t want the world knowing all their assets and financial particulars, but a divorce settlement is supposed to be a public document – so what do they do?

Lawyers being lawyers, of course we’ve found a way around this, and I explain it in this video. If you want more information please feel free to contact me at or call us at 310.664.9969.

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If you’ve been served with a Petition and Summons, and you come to my office, I can pretty much guarantee what the top two questions you have for me. I’ve answered them probably 4,000 times over the past 19 years of being a divorce and child custody lawyer. It happens in domestic violence cases, in paternity cases and always in marital dissolution cases.

In this latest video I answer those questions. If you need more information about the divorce process, or how to have more parenting time with your children, feel free to email me or call us at 310.664.9969.



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I have about 600 questions I’ll be answering on the new video family law podcast – BUT if you have a burning question that I’ve not answered yet – shoot me an email at DAVID@MENSFAMILYLAW.COM and I’ll try to make a video for you! If you want a shoutout – let me know and I’ll mention you by name.

The goal of this video podcast is to answer questions about divorce, child custody, alimony, domestic violence, marital dissolutions, prenuptial agreements, premarital agreements, child support, spousal support and parenting plans. I’ll be offering strategies on going in to court so that you know what you’re facing.

Family law has a form for just about everything, there’s the Petition, the Response, Request for Orders, Request for Alimony, Request for Attorney’s fees, Request for visitation, Domestic Violence Restraining Order applications, and Responses to all of that.

It’s all very confusing, and I hope to explain it so you have a better understanding of what is expected of you in court.

Thanks for watching, and remember – a cheeseburger and a chocolate shake can get you through just about everything.

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Rich people problems! What do you do when your spouse takes the $35,000,000 Picasso and leaves you a copy they painted in it is place? you call your publicist! Seriously, that has to be how this story got into the media.

Billionaire Bill Gross and his wife were splitting up their art collection – using a coin toss like you do – and she was awarded various pieces. Turns out she’s also a pretty good artist herself and she had painted copies – so she left one in the place where the $35 million dollar Picasso had been.

At least she left him something to remember her by.

If you are splitting up the assets in your divorce, sometimes using the coin toss method can work – if you are getting along fairly well. other times, we have used methods like pieces of paper in a hat, alternating choices as an inventory is done but most often the men are just so exhausted emotionally they just leave everything- which is fine, but be sure to get a valuation done so that you can use it to equalize up the money later.

Divorces are ugly and painful, but they don’t have to be financially devastating if you plan for it, and have a strategy. If you want help, give us a  call.

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Prenuptial Agreements

Published on 30 May 2017 by in blog

Prenuptial Agreements


Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror and we are rounding the corner into June, the most popular month to get married in the United States.  Unfortunately, many of these marriages will not make it, and a prenuptial agreement is a solid, but not ironclad, tool to aid in a cleaner split in the event of a divorce.

A prenuptial agreement is a written document, signed before marriage, which allocates the assets and debts of each respective party.  The agreement can set aside hard assets such as homes, cars, and boats; as well as financial assets like pensions and accounts.  Provisions in the agreement can also bind parties to waive their spousal support in the event of a divorce.

Prenuptial Agreements are also useful in protecting the inheritance for children of prior marriages, and protecting business interest’s one spouse may have from before marriage.

Although effective, these agreements are not bulletproof, and are susceptible to interpretation by a judge.  For example, there may be a provision in your prenuptial agreement which waives financial support.  A judge may decide the financial situation has changed since the agreement was signed (one party’s income has significantly increased or decreased) and financial support is now needed.

Child support is an area that a prenuptial agreement cannot cover.  Child support is a separate issue from spousal support, and any other issues covered by a prenuptial agreement.  Child support is determined at the time of the child custody matter and is based on how much time each of you has with the child, as well your respective incomes.

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What is the Difference Between Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Violence and Abuse as a Abstract

Domestic abuse and domestic violence are two terms which hold a great deal of weight in family law courtrooms. Both are used to secure domestic violence restraining orders, and the prevention of domestic abuse, and violence, is one of the highest priorities for family law judges nationwide.

While these terms are frequently used interchangeably, and have similar definitions, there are nuanced differences between the two.

The State of California defines Domestic Violence as: Domestic violence is abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together). It is also when the abused person and the abusive person are closely related by blood or by marriage.

Within that definition of domestic violence, and within the laws that govern them, the State of California says domestic abuse is: Physically hurting or trying to hurt someone, intentionally or recklessly; Sexual assault; Making someone reasonably afraid that they or someone else are about to be seriously hurt (like threats or promises to harm someone); OR Behavior like harassing, stalking, threatening, or hitting someone; disturbing someone’s peace; or destroying someone’s personal property.

Given those two definitions, domestic violence is the overarching, all-encompassing, umbrella under which many different types of abuse falls under. As we can see by the definition of abuse; abuse is not just direct physical or sexual violence. Abuse includes threats, intimidating or threatening behavior and speech, and financial abuse.

Let’s say you and your wife get into an argument over what is for dinner. She wants chicken, you want steak. As the argument escalates, you raise your voice, and the conversation disintegrates into a yelling match. If this makes her fearful, or “disturbs her peace”, then that qualifies as domestic abuse. Under the law, she will be entitled to seek a domestic violence restraining order.

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Wednesday Book Review For You!

Published on 18 May 2017 by in blog, Podcasts

Los Angeles family law attorney David Pisarra reviews the book, “A Family’s Heartbreak” by Mike Jeffries.

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