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Blog Posts in March, 2013

  • Same-Sex Marriage in California: SCOTUS Review of Prop 8

    || 19-Mar-2013

    U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Same-Sex Marriage in California Question: Does Prop 8 Deny Gay And Lesbian Americans Equal Rights? This is a big week at the U.S. Supreme Court for same-sex marriage. At issue, whether enforcement of California’s Proposition 8 denies gay and lesbians fundamental liberty interests and equal protection under the law that is guaranteed to all Americans under the ...
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  • Discussing ICWA With Your Los Angeles Adoption Lawyer An important issue to discuss with your Los Angeles Adoption Lawyer during the adoption process is the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act to your adoption. Under federal law, if the child you are adopting is a Native American child, then you will want to make sure your adoption lawyer and any agency involved in your adoption is ...
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  • Concealed or Hidden Assets in a California Divorce

    || 18-Mar-2013

    Show Me the Money! How a Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer Can Help You Divide Concealed, Hidden or Omitted Assets During Your California Divorce Post-Judgement Motions Under California Family code Section 2556 The Story: Wife belongs to a lottery pool at work and contributes about $5 per week to the pool. Suddenly, Wife gets a phone call from a coworker informing her the group won the lottery and the ...
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  • Gay Marriage in Califorania: SCOTUS to Rule on Prop 8

    || 7-Mar-2013

    The Case is Submitted! CA Prop 8 at the Supreme Court Today! If you were following us on Facebook and Twitter today, then you know the Los Angeles family law attorneys at Castellanos & Associates, APLC were closely monitoring today’s historic Supreme Court review of California’s Proposition 8 in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry. On Monday, we gave you some historical perspective ...
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  • The Perils of Sperm Donation in California

    || 6-Mar-2013

    What California Sperm Donors Should Know About Sperm Donation, Child Support and the Kansas Sperm Donation Case Are you thinking about sperm donation in California? If you have been following the Kansas sperm donor case, there is an important legal development. If you are not familiar with the case, let’s turn briefly to the legal controversy surrounding a sperm donor in Kansas who is being ...
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  • Adoption Tax Credit

    || 5-Mar-2013

    Adoption Tax Credit for Same-Sex Couples In yesterday’s article on California Same-Sex Marriage, we discussed how same-sex couples generally find themselves excluded from many tax benefits in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending review of California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA. Same-sex couples, however, do qualify for a tax break if they adopt a partner’s child. The ...
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  • Child Support in California

    || 3-Mar-2013

    Understanding Child Support in CA California child support is the equal responsibility of both parents. Child support obligations are laid out in California Family Code Section 4053. When spouses separate or divorce, both parents are required to provide financial support for their children. California child support law also presumes that “a parent having primary physical responsibility for ...
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