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Sealed without Kisses

In January of 2013, Juvenile [J] was arrested and charged with possession of a dirk or dagger, battery and resisting arrest in violation of numerous California Penal Code sections. (A dagger is a ...
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Acceptable Testimony from a Three-Year-Old

Father [F] and Mother [M] were married and had two children, a son [S] age five, and a daughter [D] age three. In the summer of 2012, an eight-year-old boy [B] from the neighborhood came over to play ...
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A Denial of Spousal Abuse

Husband [H] and Wife [W] were married in 1999. From their marriage they had two sons, both of whom are special needs children. During their marriage W maintained the home and took care of their sons, ...
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Religion and California Divorce Laws

Effective in January of 1971, California significantly changed its divorce laws from a fault-based system to a no-fault system. In its fault-based system, a spouse who had committed adultery or ...
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Marriage vs Divorce a Same-Sex Tale

In 2004, H1 and H2 entered into a domestic partnership in New Jersey. (At this time, same-sex couples could not marry, but “marital” rights and obligations were accorded these couples.) In ...
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Guns and Small Children Do Not Mix Well

On February 9, 2017, Father [F] was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm in public. Twelve days later, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services [DCFS] received an anonymous tip ...
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Renewing a Protective Order without Showing Additional Violence

The Victim of domestic violence [V] is a 75-year-old disabled American veteran. He lives by himself in a single-family-home residential community. He appeared at two animal control hearings against ...
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Old Violence vs Current Violence

In May, of 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services [DCFS] received a referral alleging emotional and physical abuse by Father [F] and general neglect by Mother [M]. At the time, ...
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Are We Really Married?

M and L began dating in 2008. They began living together in 2011, because they wanted to be together, but not in a legal, marital status. Both M and L had been married twice before. L was receiving ...
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Due Process in Juvenile Court

Father [F] had custody of his two daughters with his first wife, and the three of them lived with F’s current wife (the girls’ stepmother). The San Luis Obispo’s Department of Social ...
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Mental Instability May Not Preclude Parenting

Mother [M] and Father [F] were high school sweethearts. They never married but lived together and had two children together Son [S] (born in December 2000) and Daughter [D] (born in December 2004). In ...
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I Smell a Rat! When A Spouse Cheats the Other Spouse

Wife [W] and Husband [H] married in 1996 in Provo Utah. In 1998, the couple moved to California. A year later, the couple purchased a condominium in El Monte – initially purchased as joint ...
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Enough Evidence to Remove Children from Family Home

In 2014, Father [F] and Mother [M] were married and the parents of two minor children, a son [S] (age 13) and a daughter [D] (age 10) and two adult children, an adult son [AS] and an adult daughter ...
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Financial Duty of Spouses to Each Other

Husband [H] and Wife [W] were married in 1990 and had four children together. For the first ten years of their marriage, W stayed home with the children, and H successfully created numerous ...
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Nonminors in the Foster Care System

In 2013, the juvenile court in San Diego County determined Foster Girl [FG] to be a dependent of the county and placed her in foster care. In 2016, after turning 18, the juvenile court continued ...
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One Court is Needed for Filing Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Wife [W] and Husband [H] were married in 2008 but separated in 2011. Their relationship including numerous accounts of domestic violence by H against W and were often witnessed by the couple’s ...
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When Foreign Decrees of Support are Recognized in California

Father [F] met Mother [M] while he was solider in the United States Air Force and stationed in Italy. M is an Italian citizen and lived in Italy when she met F. They married in September of 2007, and ...
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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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