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

Piercing the Veil of Culture

CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN FAMILY PRACTICE A big thanks to everyone who participated in this highly successful and informative event!

Event details and reviews have been posted on the event website: Culturalcompetencyinfamilypractice.com

On SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013 Iranian American Lawyers Association presented five panels of family law judges, mental health providers and attorneys with . . . → Read More: Piercing the Veil of Culture

Good Faith Belief in Valid Marriage is Subjective

In a landmark decision, the California Supreme Court reversed 25 years of California law that a cultural marriage must be both in “good faith” and “reasonable” to be valid.

In reversing IRMO Vryonis (1988) 202 Cal.App.3d 712, the Court stated: “We disagree with Vryonis and its progeny to the extent they hold good faith . . . → Read More: Good Faith Belief in Valid Marriage is Subjective

California: Good Faith Belief in Cultural Marriage may be Unreasonable

California Appellate Court, 6th District (Santa Clara): Vryonis decision (1988) invalidating Iranian Cultural Marriage was erroneous

Santa Clara, California, April 19, 2011: In Ceja v. Rudolph & Sletten, Inc., the California Appellate Court for the 6th District held that an innocent party to an invalid marriage would be entitled to marital benefits even if . . . → Read More: California: Good Faith Belief in Cultural Marriage may be Unreasonable

Washington: Incomplete Dowry does not Invalidate Sudanese Cultural Marriage

Appellate Court of Washington (Div. 3): Incomplete Payment of Dowry Does Not Invalidate Sudanese Cultural Marriage

Washington, February 10, 2011: In re the Marriage of Akon and Awan, (2011) No. 27922-7-III, the Court of Appeal of the State of Washington (Division 3),  found that an unregistered cultural marriage between two Sudanese in Sudan was valid . . . → Read More: Washington: Incomplete Dowry does not Invalidate Sudanese Cultural Marriage