John L. Dodd & Associates

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Obtained a writ of habeas corpus because the trial court erroneously ruled "ability to pay" was not required in a contempt proceeding seeking to enforce a support obligation.

We find the petition has merit. The court was required to consider petitioner's ability to pay. (Moss v. Superior Court (1998) 17 Cal.4th 396, 401; Mery v. Superior Court (1937) 9 Cal. 2d 379, 380-381.) Here, the court stated: "my decision here isn't supposed to be his-necessarily his ability to pay these debts . . . ." This was error.

Accordingly, we grant the writ, annul the contempt order, and vacate the order requiring petitioner to pay Jeanette Baker's attorney's fees. (Arthur v. Superior Court (1965) 62
Cal.2d 404, 409.)


Congratulations to Karen Dodd for a published win on the ever-fluid issue of the standard of review for ICWA cases!


Busy January: 6 Opening Briefs, 5 Reply Briefs, and a Petition for Writ of Supersedeas


Sucess in representing the respondent in an interesting case yesterday


Published reversal today in a case of first impression in which I secured a reversal for grandparents who had placed grandchildren for adoption but the adopting parents had not filed the paperwork for the post adoption contact agreement


Court ordered my Due Process case published!


Reversal today in a case in which the Court of Appeal found the Juvenile Court's internal procedures violated my client's right to due process of law.


Congratulations to Karen Dodd for obtaining a reversal in a termination of parental rights case


Yet another ICWA reversal.


Yet another Indian Child Welfare Act Reversal


We successfully represented the respondent grandmother in this appeal by the biological mother who wanted to prevent her from adopting her grandson after leaving him with grandmother for over 12 years.


secured a reversal of an order terminating parental rights after indigent father was required to testify via cell phone because of COVID. County conceded his due process rights were violated. Question was prejudice. Proving prejudice often is the key to many appeals.

Secured an emergency stay in a contested adoption case, preventing the transfer of a child to Arizona!

Secured an emergency stay in a contested adoption case, preventing the transfer of a child to Arizona!


Congratulations to Karen Dodd, who, representing the minors on appeal, secured a reversal of jurisdiction and dispositional orders.


Achieved a reversal today in an interesting case, invoking California's "anti-heartbalm" statutes


Court of Appeal agrees with our ICWA error argument


Secured a reversal today in a dependency case concerning the continuing problem in Los Angeles Juvenile Court with judges referencing canned minute orders instead of making required findings


Congratulations to Karen Dodd for today's victory, securing a reversal on behalf of appellant minor children. The Court of Appeal agreed the father's conduct amounted to more than "inappropriate" conduct and rose to the level "sexual abuse." read the opinion


Achieved a reversal today in a case pertaining the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. Read the opinion here:


Another Indian Child Welfare Act reversal:


The Court of Appeal agreed with our argument mother had been denied due process when the juvenile court denied her a contested hearing, reversing an order terminating parental rights.


We successfully represented the respondent in this probate appeal


Congratulations to Karen Dodd for this reversal in a Los Angeles dependency appeal.


Congratulations to Karen Dodd for securing a reversal yesterday in this termination of parental rights case:


won a reversal today because mother was denied due process! court terminated her parental rights at a status confernce


Significant reversal today in a case concerning allegations of "shaken baby syndrome." The Court of Appeal agreed the parents were denied their due process right to oppose the allegations against them and present their own evidence.


Congratulations to Karen for this reversal representing the minor on a "presumed parent" case!


Interesting published reversal in a criminal case today. Thanks for trial counsel Ron Cordova for teeing up the issue properly


Today we obtained a reversal of a $2.5 million default judgment, demonstrating it pays to never give up hope! Read the opinion


Received a reversal today in the ever-fluid area of "who's the parent" law in Californi


Won a reversal today! County repeatedly sent father's notice of dependency proceedings to wrong address:


Today, representing the respondent and cross-appellant in a family law appeal, we not only secured an affirmance on the claims the appellant raised, but obtained a reversal for our client in his cross-appeal concerning the valuation of his business, the Court of Appeal agreeing with our arguments a trial judge needs to rely on actual evidence and cannot just reject one expert's testimony and come up with its own calculations.


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