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Sep 15

Is California a Community Property State? CA Community Property Law Explained

When couples in California decide to divorce, a common question that always comes up is how property will be divided between the…

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Aug 13

California Alimony Laws 2022 – All You Need to Know

Going through a divorce involves significant change. Everything from your living situation to your time with your children can be affected. Though…

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Nov 30

How to Prepare for Divorce: Organizing Information & Documents

The decision to divorce, and the process thereafter, is never easy. When you and your partner choose to divorce, the best way to…

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Oct 29

How to Prepare for Divorce: Building Your Support Team

No matter the reason behind it, divorce can be a harrowing process. Between the emotional distress, the legal mess, and the financial stress,…

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Sep 10

How Divorce Can Affect Your Business

Divorce can be challenging for any couple, no matter their circumstances. It can be particularly difficult if you own a business. Divorce…

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Aug 05

How to Prepare for Your Child Custody Hearing

Going to a child custody hearing can be unsettling and downright frightening. If this is your first experience with something of this…

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Jul 06

“Full Custody” & What That Means in a California Divorce

Many parents come into our law office with the request that they get “full custody” of their children in a divorce. In our…

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Jun 02

Divorce Under 30: Helpful Tips & Insight

It might seem unusual to be divorced before you hit the big 3-0, but you’re not alone. While it’s true that Americans…

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May 04

Southern CA Divorce: Who Gets What?

Who gets what? This is one of the most contested and complicated issues in any divorce. Whether you’re a typical working-class couple or have…

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Apr 14

Parental Alienation in California: What It Is & How to Prove It

No parent wants to see their relationship with their children suddenly begin to dissolve—especially if it’s for no apparent reason. It may…

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Mar 25

What Is The Average Length for a California Divorce?

How long will my divorce take? This is one of the most pressing questions for any person contemplating or currently going through a divorce.…

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Mar 02

Court Reverses Reimbursements Based on Separate Property Expenses

In this case, the Third District partially reversed a Sacramento County family court’s judgment. In this marital dissolution proceeding, Martha J. Nevai…

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Feb 23

Court Rules that Rejected Deed Made the Marital Home a Community Asset

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed a San Diego County family court’s determination that a wife had “rejected” an interspousal transfer…

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Feb 16

Court Reconsiders Mother’s Argument for Beneficial Parental Relationship

In this case, the Sixth District reversed and remanded a Monterey County juvenile court’s order after a 366.26 hearing “with directions that…

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Feb 09

Court Finds Forced Sale of House Unenforceable

In this quiet title action, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County trial court that held that a trust deed a…

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Feb 05

Is Alimony for Life? California’s Fabled “10-Year Rule”

When it comes to divorce and alimony requirements, it’s often difficult to tell fact from fiction. You’ll receive information and guidance from friends, family, and co-workers—even…

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Jan 22

Divorce During COVID: Are More Marriages Really Ending?

Divorce is on the rise. Marriages are crumbling. These are the messages some media reports delivered in the early months of the COVID-19…

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Jan 13

Divorced Parents Find It Difficult to Resolve Problems in Isolation

For months of the pandemic, courts were closed, which left co-parents with difficult choices: would they have to mediate and resolve problems…

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Jan 06

Amendment to Family Law Code Targets “Coercive Control”

On September 29, SB 1141 was chaptered. It does the following: 1) Provides that disturbing the peace of the other party includes…

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Dec 30

Court Rules Husband Must Pay $60,000 in Child Support Arrears

This case involved the enforcement of a 2005 registration of a 2001 Minnesota court order for child support arrears. The Sixth District…

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Dec 23

Court Rules Conservatorship for Person with Autism Was Appropriate

In this case, decided on remand from the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Conservatorship of O.B. (2020) 9 Cal.5th 989, the…

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Dec 16

Mother Wins Custody on Appeal Due to Lower Court’s Mistake

In this case, the Second District reversed a Los Angeles County juvenile court’s summary denial of M’s petition under W&I Code §§388…

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Dec 11

How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take in California?

When a divorce is uncontested, it means that both parties agree to their separation and they can work together enough to get…

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Dec 09

Plaintiffs Win Default Judgement on Appeal Against “Off-Grid” Defendants

In this civil case, the Fourth District reversed an Orange Country trial court who granted the defendants’ motion to vacate a default…

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Dec 02

Court Reverses Child Support Order that Penalized Mother for Interference

In this case, the Fourth District partially reversed a San Diego County Commissioner’s child support order that attributed a nonexistent timeshare percentage…

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Nov 25

Father’s Decision-Making Power Over Daughter’s Healthcare Reinstated

In this case, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County juvenile court judge’s order terminating jurisdiction over the child, but vacated…

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Nov 18

Five Types of Spousal Support in California

Just like other states, California has a system of spousal support that divorcing couples must consider. Also known as alimony, spousal support is a…

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Nov 18

Court Dismisses Case At Defendant’s Request Due to Lack of Evidence

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed a Riverside County trial court’s grant of nonsuit. “About two months before trial was scheduled…

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Nov 11

Attorney Disqualified for Relation to Both Appellants

In this case, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County trial court’s order granting D’s motion to disqualify P’s attorney—who was…

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Nov 04

Father’s Parental Rights Restored After Loss Due to “Poverty”

In this case, the Fourth District reversed a Riverside County juvenile court judge’s order terminating a father’s parental rights. “This appeal poses…

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Oct 28

Widow Sues Late Husband’s Children Over Inheritance

In this case, “Frank Gomez and plaintiff Louise Gomez rekindled their love late in life, over 60 years after Frank broke off…

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Oct 21

Court Grants Petition Compelling Court to Grant Hearing Within 15 Days

In this case, the Second District granted a petition for a writ of mandate compelling the juvenile court to hold a section…

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Oct 15

Common Law Marriage in California: Everything You Need to Know

Sometimes, state law can consider that a couple is legally married even if they haven’t a ceremony or gone to a courthouse…

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Oct 14

How COVID-19 Affected a Restraining Order Appeal

In this case, the First District dismissed an appeal from two orders resulting from competing requests for civil harassment restraining orders. “Due…

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Oct 05

Court Finds that Husband Wrongly Withheld Proceeds of Home Sale

In this case, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County trial court’s judgment on property issues. First, the court affirmed the…

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Oct 01

Grandmother Retains Custody Despite Out-of-State Father’s Request

In this case, filed on August 7 but certified for publication on August 28, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County…

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Sep 28

CA Supreme Court Rules with Autistic Claimant Against Conservatorship

O.B. is an adult with autism spectrum disorder whose mother and older sister were appointed conservators of her estate in a limited…

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Sep 24

Mother Granted Custody of Her Child After Year of Foster Care

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed an Orange County juvenile court’s order granting M’s section 388 petition returning three-year-old I.B. to…

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Sep 21

Mother Wins Reunification After Reversal of Earlier Ruling

In this case, filed on May 29 but certified for publication on June 17, the second Division reversed a Los Angeles County…

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Sep 17

Does Bitcoin Need to Be Disclosed in a Divorce?

In this case, filed on August 10 but certified for publication August 27 at the request of ACFLS, the First District affirmed a…

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Sep 15

Can You Request New Alimony Payments in California?

During a divorce in California, alimony—also known as spousal support—is decided using the quality of living each person enjoyed during the marriage. If one…

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Sep 14

Court Reverses Order Miscalculating Community Property Value

In this case, the Fourth District reversed and remanded a Riverside County trial judge’s determination that the community’s interest in Husband’s separate…

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Sep 10

Second District Court Denies Father Custody on Appeal

In this case, the Second District Court affirmed a Los Angeles County juvenile court’s order removing two children from a father’s custody.…

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Sep 07

Mother Challenges Juvenile Court Order Terminating Reunification

In this case, the Fourth District granted M’s petition for a writ challenging an Orange County juvenile court’s order terminating reunification services…

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Aug 31

Can Juvenile Courts Rule on Family Law Cases?

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed a San Bernardino County juvenile court judge’s orders at a combined jurisdictional and disposition hearing.…

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Aug 24

Case Review: Trial Court Rules in Favor of Wife in 3 Separate Appeals

In three consolidated cases, the Sixth District affirmed the trial court’s issuance of a DVRO in Wife’s favor, reversed an order rescinding…

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Aug 20

Case Review: Woman Files Claim for Malicious Lawsuit Brought by Former In-Laws

This is a malicious prosecution action brought by Wife against Husband's parents and their company. During Husband and Wife's divorce, the parents…

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Aug 17

How California Courts Decide a Parent Is Unfit

In California and across the country, family courts operate to protect the best interests of children in divorces, custody disputes, and other family law matters. Most of…

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Aug 12

CA Supreme Court Rules on Community Property in Bankruptcy

In this case, a California Supreme Court majority held: When a married couple uses community funds to acquire property as joint tenants,…

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Aug 12

Case Review: Self-Employment, Tax Deductions & Child Support Calculations

Cite: In re the Marriage of Jessica R. and Martin H. Hein (Cal.App., July 21, 2020, F076581) Full text here. Holding: In…

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