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Celebrities - Click here to view all posts
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  • Sperm Donors and Presumed Father Status
    M and J began a romantic relationship in 2002. M is a certified rolfer (a form of physical trainer) and J is a well-known actor. M wanted to be a mother, and J agreed to father a child with her. ...
  • Breaking Up Brangelina Part III
    On September 19, 2016, Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie petitioned for divorce from actor Brand Pitt. California law states that Pitt had until October 19, 2016 to respond to Jolie’s ...
  • Breaking Up Brangelina Part II
    As of September 30, 2016, there is no record that Brad Pitt has filed his response to Angelina Jolie’s Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. However, according to The Los Angeles Times, TMZ and ...
Child Custody - Click here to view all posts
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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 ...
  • When California Has Jurisdiction over Mexican Citizens
    Mother (M) was an American citizen living in Mexico with her two sons AC (age 6) and EC (age 15 months). Both of her sons were born in Mexico, thus Mexican citizens. M never disclosed the name of the ...
  • Deportation Can Affect Child Reunification Efforts
    Father (F) and Mother (M) are the parents of three children who were living in San Diego County, California. In November of 2011, F was arrested for domestic violence and deported to Mexico. After ...
Child Support - Click here to view all posts
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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 ...
  • When Higher Income Means Less Child Support
    In 2005, F and M had an affair that resulted in their daughter, Z. F is a married movie producer and director and M is a part time hair stylist. F has three children with his wife, and M has two other ...
  • What's Next After Filing for Divorce
    The California Family Code and the state’s legislature define dissolution, legal separation and nullity proceedings as non-adversarial, because they are no-fault actions. In other words, there ...
Custody Modification - Click here to view all posts
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  • Parental Rights and Incorrigible Children
    In El Salvador, F married his first wife and had a daughter [D]. They divorced, and F moved to the United States. He remarried and had four children with his current wife S. When D was 11 years old, ...
  • Selling Methamphetamine Doesn't Make Me a Bad Dad
    Brother [B] (age six months) and sister [S] (age four years), lived with their unmarried mother [M] and father [F] in Los Angeles County. M was a school teacher. F was a licensed security guard, but ...
  • A Visitation Rights Win for Grandparents
    Baby girl R was born to M and B in 2004. Present at the time were M’s parents, J and C. Shortly after R’s birth, J retired from his job and became R’s primary caregiver. At M’s ...
Divorce - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
  • 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 ...
  • FLARPLs Still Exist
    Now that housing market has improved, many people in California have equity in their houses. Many of those people are married and hold the deed to their property in joint tenancy. This means, that ...
  • A Bonus is a Bonus
    Husband (H) and Wife (W) were married in 1987. W was a certified surgical technician until their first child was born in 1983, when she became a stay-at-home mom. H was a hospital executive, and ...
Domestic Violence - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
  • When Violence is Not Abuse
    W filed for divorce from H. In her petition, she requested sole custody of their son, spousal support and a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO). She stated that H had been violent toward her ...
  • More Help for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Effective January 1 of 2016, the legislature of the State of California provided victims of domestic violence additional help in preventing further abuse. Civil Code Section 1946.7 provides a tenant ...
  • Fault in a No Fault State
    H and W married in 1986 and had three children, Son 1 (S1), Daughter (D) and Son 2 (S2). W has not worked since 1990, when she gave birth to D. Between 1995 and 2001, H worked in Algeria. He would ...
Family Law - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • When California Has Jurisdiction over Mexican Citizens
    Mother (M) was an American citizen living in Mexico with her two sons AC (age 6) and EC (age 15 months). Both of her sons were born in Mexico, thus Mexican citizens. M never disclosed the name of the ...
Fiduciary Duty - Click here to view all posts
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  • What to Do About Marital Financial Cheating
    Discovering a spouse has been financially cheating in a marriage can cause numerous ill feelings including anger, guilt, fear, betrayal, embarrassment and helplessness. Letting your spouse know how ...
  • Is Your Spouse Financially Cheating on You?
    According to Forbes Magazine, "…over half of all [financially cheating spouses] admitted hiding cash (58%) or minor purchases (54%). Of the offenders, 30% have hidden a bill, 16% have ...
  • Types of Marital Agreements
    Whether prior to marriage, after the marriage occurs, or as a result of divorce proceedings, marital agreements often come in to play. In California, there are three types of marital agreements: 1. ...
Mediation - Click here to view all posts
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  • The Divorce Mediation Process
    Since divorces can be rancorous, emotionally draining, and needlessly expensive, many divorcing couples use the mediation process in divorce proceedings to lessen or eliminate these problems. The ...
  • Benefits of the Mediation Process
    Divorces are often rancorous, emotionally draining, and can be needlessly expensive. Using the mediation process in divorce proceedings can lessen or eliminate these problems. The mediation process ...
  • Suggestions for Cutting Costs in a Divorce
    Use dispute resolution-mediation programs wherever possible. Divorce is an emotional time, and spite often plays a part in negotiations. However, time spent on negotiations is money spent, and coming ...
Paternity - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Paternity are listed below.
  • 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 ...
  • Sperm Donors and Presumed Father Status
    M and J began a romantic relationship in 2002. M is a certified rolfer (a form of physical trainer) and J is a well-known actor. M wanted to be a mother, and J agreed to father a child with her. ...
  • The Doctrine of Disentitlement
    In June of 2015, a baby girl (Baby Girl) was born to M and her live-in boyfriend, CK. At the time of her birth, M tested positive for amphetamine. Sadly, Baby Girl tested positive for amphetamine as ...
Prenuptial Agreements - Click here to view all posts
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  • Prenups with Cheating Clauses
    Carmelo Anthony is a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks. In 2007, he married television personality and author Alani “La La” Vazquez Anthony. They have one child, a ...
  • Phil Spector is Divorcing
    Harvey Phillip “Phil” Spector is a record producer, musician, song writer and convicted murderer. He is known worldwide for his “wall of sound” form music in the early 1960s ...
  • Types of Marital Agreements
    Whether prior to marriage, after the marriage occurs, or as a result of divorce proceedings, marital agreements often come in to play. In California, there are three types of marital agreements: 1. ...
Property Division - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Property Division are listed below.
  • 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 ...
  • The Importance of the Date of Separation
    In July of 2015, the California Supreme Court decided a case regarding the date of separation of a divorcing couple. In California, the date of separation from a marriage determines whether property ...
  • A Veteran's Tale
    Persian Gulf Wars. After twenty years, he retired honorably and began receiving his military pension. In 1974, while continuing his career as a sailor, he married J. They remained married until 2003, ...
Spousal Support - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Spousal Support are listed below.
  • 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 ...
  • A Bonus is a Bonus
    Husband (H) and Wife (W) were married in 1987. W was a certified surgical technician until their first child was born in 1983, when she became a stay-at-home mom. H was a hospital executive, and ...
  • Proving an Inability to Support Yourself
    California is a no-fault divorce state. Regarding spousal support, it means receiving support will be based on need and the other party’s ability to pay. It will not be awarded as a form of ...
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