Defining Coercive Control A. Conceptual Definition Coercive Control has not been assigned one clear and specific definition. Rather, Coercive Control is often referred to as a range of tactics used by an abuser to establish power and control over their victim. These tactics extend beyond physical violence and often involve emotional, psychological, financial, and social […]
About Riley Pennington
Riley V. Pennington graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Political Science. Riley was heavily involved in several leadership organizations and student government, while serving as President of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity and as a member of the executive board of the Panhellenic Council.
Riley received her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During her time as a law student, Riley was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation as well as the Family Law Society. In addition to being named to the Dean’s List on numerous occasions, Riley was awarded the Jefferson Medal for excellence in legal writing.
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Paternity is the legal term used to name the father of a child. In California, paternity can be established in a number of ways. It is presumed that, if a husband is married to the child’s mother when a child is born, he is presumed to be the father. In the eyes of the law, […]
Almost everyone has heard of prenuptial agreements signed before marriage to protect the couple’s individual assets in the event of the marriage ending in divorce. What you may not have heard of are postnuptial agreements. What is a postnuptial agreement, and should you consider getting one? Fact #1: Just like a prenup, a postnup outlines […]
Many questions often arise once a divorce is on the table, especially when children are involved. For example, how will the children be shared between their parents? Who will have physical custody, and who will have legal custody? How will child support be handled? Determining custody of children can be a complicated matter in any […]
No one enters into a marriage intending for it to end in separation. However, sometimes marriages don’t work out, and couples find themselves considering a divorce. While divorces are more common, they can be a difficult and expensive process. Annulments are another option that some couples may want to consider, though they are not without […]
One of the most delicate situations caused by divorce is the awarding and collecting of spousal support payments. While the wage garnishment process attempts to alleviate the burden of collecting payments each month, there are situations in which people fall behind on their payments. Late alimony payments are stressful to deal with and it is […]
In recognition of Pride month, it is important to highlight the spousal benefits that were awarded to same-sex couples when same-sex marriage became legal. Although same-sex marriage was legalized in California in 2013, the United States Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges, that same-sex marriage was legal federally. This decision awarded many couples spousal […]
Despite the dramatization of divorce, it doesn’t always have to be a messy, contentious process. Often, couples who are in agreement that a divorce is in the best interests of both parties can finalize the divorce agreement without a long trial. If you and your spouse both agree to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement, […]
Relationships are complicated, which explains why so many people are afraid of marriage. It’s a big decision and it can be difficult if one party decides they want out of the marriage. If you did enter into a marriage, and you or your partner have realized you want out, you have options. There’s divorce, annulment, […]
Nobody should have to live in constant fear of another person. Yet physical or emotional abuse is not uncommon, and many people are often left unsure of how to protect themselves. Fortunately, there are legal processes that can protect you from having to deal with harassment, abuse, or being stalked. If you are fearful for […]
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