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Palimony: Griffin vs Cameron

Blake Griffin is a basketball player. He was a college superstar and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. There he continued to shine until he was traded to the Detroit Pistons beginning with the ...
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When Family Court Takes Over for Juvenile Court

Mother [M] and Father [F] never married, but were in an intimate relationship for seven years. From that relationship, their daughter [D] was born. D was three years old when the relationship ended in ...
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Some Positive After Effects of Divorce on Children

Last week, we delved into the negative effects divorce has on children. This week, will examine some positive effects divorce has on children. Once the divorce is over, the healing has to begin. If ...
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After Effects of Divorce on Children

Divorce should never be taken lightly. It will change the lives of everybody in the family, not just the spouses. Further, the spouses get to decide whether to divorce, and the children have to go ...
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Different Genders Does Not Determine Sex Discrimination

After the court decisions of Bundy vs. Jackson and Meritor Savings Bank vs. Vinson, sexual harassment cases wound their way through the court system based on one gender harassing a different gender ...
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Evolution of Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

Evolution of Sexual Harassment Prevention Law Today we have Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others allegedly sexually assaulting their employees or associates. Sadly, their actions were not ...
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Summary Dissolution in 2018

Summary dissolution is a type of divorce in California for people with no real property, limited value community property (not including vehicles), limited value separate property (not including ...
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Neighbors as Bedfellows with Gifts

This is the story of Tatia Buie and her ex-husband Walter Neighbors. It is a legal California Appellate Court Decision entitled In Re Marriage of Buie and Neighbors. And the case is made for ...
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A Fuller House Can Pay Off Bigtime

Jodie Sweetin is an actress. In 1987, she got her big break on TV while playing the middle sister Stephanie Tanner in the sitcom Full House. She was five years old at the time. The show remains in ...
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Child Custody and Active Military Parents

F and M are both in the United States Air Force. They married and had two sons. In 2013, while both were deployed to South Carolina, they ended their marriage. The court awarded both parents joint ...
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When Federal Law and State Law Collide in Divorces

Husband (H) was an active duty serviceman. He took out a life insurance policy naming his wife (W) as beneficiary. The policy was issued by the Servicemen's Group Life Insurance Act of 1965 ...
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When Harry Met Meghan

Prince Harry of Wales is the younger son of Prince Charles of Wales and Princess Diana of Wales. He is fifth in line of succession to the British Throne. Harry is known world-wide for his playboy/bad ...
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California Lacks Alienation of Affection Laws

Fletcher Cox is a football player. He plays defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a football superstar and one of Mississippi’s finest sons. Joshua Jeffords is a married man living ...
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When a Marriage Was Illegal Because of Race

Mildred Dolores Jeter and Richard Perry Loving fell in love. They were both born and raised in the state of Virginia. Mildred was black and Richard was white. Their love was a crime in Virginia. In ...
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I Want to Live with This Parent Not That One

In California, when couples divorce with minor children, child custody is always an issue. Where should the children live? Should the children live half the time with one parent and then half the time ...
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Do I Get a Free Attorney for Juvenile Court?

Son [S] was born in 2006, the ninth child of Mother [M]. All of S’s siblings had been involved in juvenile court proceedings, and some had been adopted. At birth, S was placed in foster care, ...
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Delusion May Not be Enough for Removal of Child

Mother [M] lived in Connecticut with her husband and three children. They adopted two other children – her niece and nephew. The marriage was happy mostly due to M’s mental health ...
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A Juvenile Detention Warning is Not a Permanent Court Order

In January of 2016, Mother [M] married Step Father [SF]. She had a son [S] from a previous relationship, but S’s father was not in the picture. M was aware before she married SF that he had ...
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Sometimes It's Not about the Money

In December of 2014, Susan was 69 years old. She brought a cause of action to establish a parental relationship from a man [Man] who had died 19 years before. She wanted to have him declared as her ...
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A Necessary of Life May Not be a Common Necessary of Life

H was an attorney and licensed to practice law in California. W, his wife, also an attorney, had been disbarred in Kansas. She practiced immigration law in Stockton, California. During their marriage, ...
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Great-Grandparents May Be Great but Not for Child Visitation Rights

E and Y are the paternal great grandparents of S and D. F is the F of S and D and also the grandson of E and Y. M is the mother of S and D and the former wife of F. Sadly, the marriage of M and D was ...
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A Nonoffending Parent Does Not Lose Parental Rights...

…But you can sure lose your parental rights for other reasons! Mother [M] and Father [F] never married but they had a son [S] together. M struggled with drug abuse (specifically ...
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You're STILL the Father!

T and C met in 1991, but they did not begin a sexual relationship until 2005. Prior to 2005, C had a vasectomy. Shortly after beginning their sexual relationship, T and C discussed having a child ...
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A Putative Spouse is not a Bad Person

Like most states, California does not recognize what is known as a common law marriage. In a common law marriage, the parties are not legally married, but hold themselves up to everyone in the world ...
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Poor Mental Health Can Result in Lost Custody

Mother (M) and Father (F) never married, but had two children together Son (S) in 2007 and Daughter (D) in 2008. M and F permanently separated in 2010, and M retained full custody of the children. M ...
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