Spiritual Healing after Divorce

Of late, many distinctions are made between religion and spirituality. Generally speaking, spirituality is described as a more personally chosen and an individual experience compared to religion. Religion may or may not be chosen by one, and tends to be a more collective experience that is guided by texts or leaders. While religion and spirituality bring up inner conflicts and question your faith, these beliefs and values can also be helpful in getting through one of the most difficult times in people’s lives. Although in this country we support the separation of church and state, in reality, religion often frames our view of right and wrong and a sense of fairness and justice, and needs to be addressed for healing and growth for all members of the family. . . . → Read More: Spiritual Healing after Divorce

Micro-Aggression Gone Violent: Cultural Behavior amounting to Domestic Violence

Gitu Bhatia Psy.D. will conduct a presentation along with Judge D. Zeke Ziedler and Commissioner Cynthia Loo entitled: Micro-Aggression Gone Violent: Cultural Behavior amounting to Domestic Violence (Interaction between Cultural/Religious intent and Marital Relationship)

Event: Cultural Competency in Family Practice: The New Frontiers of Divorce Date: July 25, 2015, Location: 9800 S. La Cienega . . . → Read More: Micro-Aggression Gone Violent: Cultural Behavior amounting to Domestic Violence


Published in The Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, April 2013: http://www.lacba.org/Files/LAL/Vol36No2/3028.pdf
The Family Law News, September 2013
The IAML, November 2013, http://www.iaml.org/library/articles/religious-divorce/index.html

In matters of child custody, child support and spousal support, Islamic nations apply civil and Islamic legal traditions differently

By: Abbas Hadjian, Esq., C.F.L.S.

THERE ARE TWO SOURCES of Islamic law, or shari’a. One is the Koran and Hadith . The other is the application of Ijma’a (consensus ), Qyias (comparison), and Aql (reason) to the source. After Muhammad’s death, two sects (Sunni and Shi’a) of Islam emerged. Sunni jurisprudence includes the Hanifi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali schools, and Shi’a jurisprudence includes the Zaidayyah, Jafari, and Isma’iliah schools. Different Islamic nations apply Islamic laws of custody, visitation, and child and spousal support differently, and the laws are changing. Practitioners who work with Muslim clients can benefit from an understanding of how shari’a applies to family law issues, including child custody. Continue reading THE CHILDREN OF SHARI’A

Complexities of Culture & Gender Role

REPORT FROM AFCC MEETING IN ORLANDO: Changing Nature and Definition of Families

Orlando, Florida, June 1-3, 2011: By invitation from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts “Culture Counts” conducted a workshop on the issues related to culture and gender in the family relationship. The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is an internationally recognized . . . → Read More: Complexities of Culture & Gender Role

Fatherhood: The new “normal”

The role of fathers has changed significantly from the days of Leave it to Beaver. The structure of a “normal” family has changed significantly in the past few decades. Given the high divorce rate and changing socio-cultural climate, only a third of all families are intact families with a mother, father and . . . → Read More: Fatherhood: The new “normal”