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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Eviction from Community Property Home

    || 9-Nov-2015

    Many spouses going through a divorce may find themselves in the difficult position of having to live with their soon to be former spouse. Unfortunately, this arrangement does not work well for either spouse due to the stressors of the divorce process. So what happens when one party decides that they can no longer handle the living situation and wants to exclude the other from the community ...
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  • Changing Your Child's Name

    || 27-Oct-2015

    In certain situations, one parent may wish to change a child’s last name or include their name as well. This change may be for convenience or personal reasons, such as the other parent is not involved in the child’s life or a parent has remarried and wishes for his or her child to have their same last name. If one parent wants to change the child’s name and the other parent is ...
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  • Is Adult Child Support Available in California?

    || 21-Sep-2015

    Child support is calculated by considering the income/earnings of both parents and the custodial “timeshare” each parent spends with the child, among other factors. In California, child support generally lasts until the age of 18 (or 19 if still a full-time high school student). Thereafter, child support automatically ends. However, when there is a child over the age of 18 who is ...
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  • Lawmakers Look to Pass the Equality Act

    || 29-Jul-2015

    There is no denying that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage was a big win for the LGBT community. After all, advocates have been pushing for marriage equality for decades and the Supreme Court finally legitimized these efforts. But as exciting as that day was, it is by no means the end of the fight for fairness in all aspects of life, not just marriage. Last week, lawmakers in the ...
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  • Move-Away Cases

    || 12-Jun-2015

    A recent California appellate decision may change the way trial courts decide custody “move- away” cases. Move-away cases occur when a parent wishes to relocate with a minor child to a distant location and requests the court’s permission to allow the move. Move-away cases represent a dramatic and sometimes permanent change in the relationship between parents and children and a ...
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  • Dissolution Judgments after Death

    || 29-May-2015

    When an ex-spouse dies, the assets of the decedent estate may be highly contested in Probate and Family Law courts. In particular, a dissolution judgment may prove to be a headache for an executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate who may potentially have to deal with two proceedings, one in Probate and another in Family law courts. One unique feature of family law is that recent ...
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  • Sperm donor or Presumed Father?

    || 26-May-2015

    The paternity suit involving Jason Patric has shown just how quickly technology can outdate statutes and laws. Jason Patric, an actor famous for roles in movies such as "The Lost Boys" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control" is currently involved in a bitter custody dispute with his former girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber. The impact of their case has brought much debate to SB 115 ...
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  • Is your marriage valid?

    || 28-Apr-2015

    On occasion, a husband or wife may question the validity of their marriage. One spouse may believe that a valid marriage exists while the other is convinced that a marriage is either invalid or has been properly dissolved. If one spouse contends that a valid marriage still exists then under California Family Code §309 a party can file suit to have the court determine the validity of the ...
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  • Can you change your Career when you have a current support order?

    || 13-Apr-2015

    In California, child support orders follow a statutory “guideline” amount. A guideline child support amount utilizes a computer system (the “dissomaster”) that considers various factors to calculate the amount one parent owes in child support. There are important factors that affect a child support amount which includes the amount of custodial time spent with the children ...
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  • Do You Meet The Residency Requirements to File for Divorce in Los Angeles County?

    || 16-Mar-2015

    Family Code § 2320 (a) requires that at least one party to the marriage must be a resident of this state for six (6) months and of the county in which the proceeding is filed for three (3) months before filing the petition. Spouses who do not satisfy the residence requirements but who want to pursue divorce without delay have the option of filing for legal separation (as to which there is no ...
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  • Medical Marijuana and Family Law

    || 4-Mar-2015

    A recent California dependency court case, In Re Drake M., 211 Cal. App. 4 th 754 (2012), has offered insight as to when the use of medical marijuana by a parent can be considered harmful to a child. In short, under Welfare and Institutions Code § 300(b) a minor child may be taken from the custodial parent if there is proof that a parent's use of marijuana renders them unable to care for ...
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  • Can I keep my married name once I get Divorced?

    || 23-Feb-2015

    You absolutely can keep your married name once you get divorced. Put more simply, names remain the same if you don't take affirmative steps to change them. When you first married and filled out a marriage license application, you needed to take affirmative steps to change your last name. Without specifically requesting a name change on the application or in a separate request later on, your ...
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  • Why is a Divorce Based on Irreconcilable Differences?

    || 16-Feb-2015

    Divorce is based on irreconcilable differences for a number of reasons. Irreconcilable differences go hand-in-hand with the concept of a "no-fault divorce." California became the first state to enact no-fault divorces forty years ago. Since then, every state has enacted no-fault divorces. Divorce petitions now only allow two reasons for requesting divorce; irreconcilable differences and ...
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  • Is Your Divorce Contested or Uncontested?

    || 6-Feb-2015

    Divorces are initiated by a spouse or domestic partner by filing a petition for dissolution of marriage with the court. The person who files the divorce petition becomes known as the "Petitioner." The other party becomes the "Respondent." A good rule of thumb to know whether a divorce case is contested or uncontested is whether the parties reach an agreement on their own, ...
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  • Do you have to pay child support if your child is concealed?

    || 23-Jan-2015

    Child support is understandably a sensitive subject in Family Law cases. When a custodial parent does not abide by court-ordered visitation, the noncustodial parent often makes the grievance that because one parent refuses to allow the other to have court ordered visitation, then the parent who can't see his or her child should not be ordered to continue paying child support. Unfortunately, in ...
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