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Lorna M. Jaynes
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  • California
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Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Civil Rights
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
Santa Clara University School of Law
J.D.
Honors: Dean’s List; AmJur award Legal Research & Writing Comment published in Santa Clara Law Review, Emissions Trading: Pollution Panacea or Environmental Injustice
Activities: Sr. Articles Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada
B.S. | Biology & Psychology
Awards
Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Service
State Bar of California
Professional Associations
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Member
Current
Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley
Member
Current
Collaborative Practice East Bay
Member
Current
Association for Conflict Resolution
Member
Current
Mediators Without Borders
Founding Member
Current
International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers
Member
Current
Academy of Professional Family Mediators
Founding Member
Current
California State Bar
Member
Current
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Member
Current
Alameda County Bar Association
Member
Current
Certifications
Collaborative Attorney
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Family Mediator
Academy of Professional Family Mediators
Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered

Q. I owe $6,000 on child support I offered the mother $3,000 buyout she agreed how do I go about this
A: You and the mum should file a stipulation and order setting forth your agreement and the waiver of back child support.
Q. Is the person receiving CS responsible for travel expenses to see the other parent? Ex. Airline ticket
A: If the court order addresses the issue then your answer is there. If the court order does not address the issue, there is unfortunately no right answer to the question - it depends. Commonly, travel expenses are shared equally or perhaps proportionally depending on the circumstances and sometimes one person might be responsible. But, ideally, rather than going to court to litigate an issue like this, the parties could try to work together through perhaps mediation, to reach an agreement that works well for both. This is certainly recommended before filing any motions.
Q. If I want a divorce from my wife, am I required by to pay alimony before the separation/divorce is legal and on paper?
A: There is no way to answer your question without far more information. Whether or not you will owe child support depends on the amount of time your son spends with each of you and each of your incomes. Whether or not you will owe spousal support depends on the length of the marriage, the ability and opportunity to earn, the assets and debts in question, the extent one earns less because they have been a stay a home parent, among other factors as well. And child support and spousal support don't have anything to do with wither or not you are legally separated or divorced. Your next steps should probably be predicated on whether or not you and your wife want to remain married or whether it might be best to separate and divorce, not on who might have to pay support. Ideally, since you have a child together and will be co-parents forever, you can find a way to end the marriage and have a positive and supporting co-parenting relationship.
Q. How do i go about signing my parental rights away? Im not in the child's life & the custodial parent and i have dv past
A: It is typically not easy to sign away parental rights because you would also be signing away the child's right to a parent and courts are not keen to do that. Sometimes the custodial parent can have the other parent's rights terminated but not so easy the non-custodial parent.
Q. Hello I left my husband we have 3kids and one on the way ..I asked 500$ every 2weeks he said no
A: Child support is primarily a function of time and income, although with four children is it quite likely you would be entitled to child support. But again the amount, will be a function of the time the kids spend with each of you and your respective incomes.
Q. I need the passport of my 12 years old child his mom don't let me have it. We share 50% custudy, we never been mrried.
A: You both have equal rights to the passport so it is unfortunate that she won't allow you to have it. I generally think it is a good idea to try to resolve these issues through mediation rather than litigation, but it may be that you will have to file for a court order that the passport be shared.
Q. My ex said her 1st marriage was annulled in CA. She said bc it was < 1 yr & he cheated, they could anull. Is that true?
A: No.
Q. If a 401K has money prior to marriage and is contributed to after marriage, how is the increased value split in divorce?
A: The growth in the $10,000 contributed during marriage is community property; the growth in the $100,000 prior to marriage is separate property. A qualified domestic relations order to divide such an account would typically state that the interest acquired between the date of marriage and date of separation, plus any investment gains/losses thereon is divided equally. So the premarital interest and any gains thereon remains separate property.
Q. If I catch my wife cheating can I sue her lover for home wrecker?
A: No.
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