TikTok Ban and First Amendment
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
1w ago
TikTok Ban and First Amendment TikTok A estimated 170 million Americans have TikTok. I was one of the first lawyers on the platform.  I downloaded TikTok in 2019, and posted approximately 850 videos during COVID. At one time, I had almost 500,000 followers.  But then TikTok started removing and banning my videos. It’s hypocrital that TikTok is filing a lawsuit to challenge this law based on First Amendment violations.  I know from personal experience TikTok actively censors certain viewpoints.  (more below). Moreover, the threats to national security are crystal clear ..read more
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Hope for the Sad
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
2w ago
Hope for the Sad You’ve arrived here because you’re either going through a divorce, child custody battle, gender transition and/or detransition, or a myriad of other sad things for which you seek the services of an attorney. However you got here, it isn’t a mistake.  There’s hope for your situation.  Read on. The following in an excerpt from John Ortberg’s “The Life You’ve Always Wanted“. “The state-run convalescent hospital is not a pleasant place. It is large, understaffed, and overfilled with senile and helpless and lonely people who are waiting to die.  On the brightest of ..read more
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Title IX Revised Bye Bye Womens Rights
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
3w ago
Title IX Revised Bye Bye Womens Rights Protecting Women’s Rights In 1972 (52 years ago), Title IX was enacted to protect women against discrimination in education. Erasing Women’s Rights Today, the Biden Administration rolled out the newly revised Title IX, which includes “gender identity” as a protected status.  The revisions prohibit disparate treatment based on sex identity.   Oppoents of the revisions say this will permit locker rooms and bathrooms to be based on gender identity Basically, the rights of those who pretend to be women will be elevated over women. Due Process ..read more
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I’m Pregnant What Are My Options
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
3w ago
I’m pregnant, options? If you are pregnant and considering adoption, you must be feeling a myriad of emotions: Scared. Confused. Overwhelmed.  As is repeated 365 times in the Bible, DO NOT BE AFRAID. You are the only one to make the decision for your child.  Even if you have already found adoptive parents and have communicated with them, you do not owe them anything.  You can still change your mind. Frequently Asked Questions What are my options? If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, no decision will be an easy one. Before you make ANY decision, it is important to arm yours ..read more
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Protecting Children Online
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
3w ago
It’s legislative season  (see 2024_senate_legislative_deadlines. ) Protecting Children Online Around the nation, lawmakers are getting serious about protecting kids online. Below are 3 Bills to watch in California. AB 1831 On January 16, 2024, Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) introduced AB 1831, which makes it illegal to create, distribute, or possess Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) created by artificial intelligence. (AI) In his blog, Berman states: “The sexual exploitation of children must be illegal, full stop. It should not matter that the images were generated by AI, wh ..read more
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New Year, Bad Laws
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
3w ago
New Year, Bad Laws Before I wrote this blog post, I read Romans 13.  This is the verse I have most trouble with, living in California.  It feels like the governing authorities in California are evil, and taking away the rights of the good people (like parents) and freely giving rights to criminals. Romans 13 Basically, Romans 13 says this: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling a ..read more
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Best Christmas of My Life
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
3w ago
Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we coul ..read more
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He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
1M ago
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said Risen From the Dead Ever since I decided to follow Jesus publicly, I have witnessed miracles – hearts unfolding like flowers before Him. Last year, one of my clients (in his 60’s) and I were discussing Jesus’s resurrection while I was looking through his Preliminary Declarations of Disclosures.  Though he often heard the story told in Sunday School and in church, the truth was hidden. Then, in the middle of analyzing the character of his pre-marital stock options, he asked me: Have you ever stopped to think how INCREDIBLE this story is?  ..read more
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Keep Lawyers Out of Your Marriage
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
5M ago
Keep Lawyers Out of Your Marriage First, a Lawyer Joke What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer? A bad lawyer may let a case drag on for several years.  A good lawyer knows how to make it last longer. (see Why is My Divorce Taking So Long?) Marriage is a Covenant Unlike a business transaction, a marriage creates a family.  Problems arise when you treat your spouse like a business transaction.  Marriage is a covenant, not a contract. Obviously, financial things matter.  It is always best to discuss these things via prenuptial agreement PRIOR to the marri ..read more
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Not By Power, Not By Might, But By the Holy Spirit
Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang
by Kelly Chang Rickert
8M ago
Not By Power, Not By Might, But By the Holy Spirit I have been a family law attorney for 23+ years.  The most satisfying moments in practice weren’t the thunderous wins in family court (which sometimes happen, but really, no one really wins in divorce). They’re the embraces from a client when it’s finally over.  When they let go of the thousand pounds of anger and poison weighing them down. It’s the tears of relief after they finally forgive each other. Or when I see a couple (who previously tore each other apart in Court) on Facebook at their son’s graduation, beaming with love. It ..read more
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