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Military Divorce vs. California Divorce Laws

California legislators have tried very hard for almost 50 years to make divorce a fair and relatively quick legal process for California’s residents. However, when one spouse (or both spouses) ...
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Get Back to Work! I'm Not Paying Support!

When couples separate there are many pre-settlement issues that need to be addressed, as well as settlement issues. One of them is whether one spouse should continually to financially support the ...
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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 ...
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What Your Divorce Lawyer Needs to Know from You

When you decide to divorce your spouse, your divorce attorney will ask questions regarding your marriage: How long were you married? Do you have children? When did you separate from your spouse? What ...
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The Legal Separation of Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau

In 1996, Mary Kay Letourneau was a Washington state suburban mother of four and a sixth grade teacher. Vili Fualaau was one of her students. Twleve-year-old Vili and thirty-four-year-old Mary Kay ...
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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Divorce Attorney

Divorce can be one of the most stress-inducing times in a person’s life. Besides the grief from a failed marriage, there is the overwhelming legal process to navigate. A process that is almost ...
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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 ...
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Ex Wife Doesn't Have to Get a Job

Husband and Wife were married in 2001. Husband was a city firefighter and Wife was a secretary for a real estate agency. At the time of their marriage, Husband was 53 years old and Wife was 51 years ...
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Ex Parte Orders and Pendente Lite Relief

The dictionary defines ex parte as a Latin term meaning from (by/for) a party without the other party being present. However, the very basis of American jurisprudence is to have all representative ...
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What is Jurisdiction?

Jurisdiction provides a court with the power to issue orders and adjudicate cases. Without it, in democratic societies, justice would not survive. Before any court will hear any case, the court must ...
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Ending Marriage and Domestic Partnership at the Same Time

A legally recognized domestic partnership was a way for same sex couples to enter into a marriage-type relationship when same sex marriages were illegal. These domestic partnerships provided the same ...
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Divorce by Means of Incurable Insanity

For divorce purposes in California, there are only two “grounds” for divorce: Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage or incurable insanity. ...
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What are Irreconcilable Differences?

For divorce purposes in California, there are only two “grounds” for divorce: Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage or incurable insanity. ...
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A Gavron Warning, Oh No!

Husband and Wife were married for over 25 years and then divorced in 1979. By this time, their two children were adults. Wife had worked during the early part of the marriage, but was a homemaker ...
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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 ...
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Self-Help with the California Legal System

The legal system can be a very difficult process for the average person to navigate. Lawyers spend years in school learning how to navigate the system! However, California’s legislature has ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Breaking Up Brangelina California Style

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are American actors and superstar-celebrities in their own right. Both are known world-wide for their acting as well as their international humanitarian causes. In 2002, ...
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Courtroom Demeanor: How to Behave in Court

Now that you’ve got your court appearance date and you’ve learned what to wear (and what NOT to wear) for the appearance, next up is how to behave when you are actually in the courtroom. ...
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What to Wear to Court

Last week, we talked about what NOT to wear to court, so this week is about what you SHOULD wear to court. Let’s begin with basic hygiene… Two weeks before your court date: Get a haircut ...
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How NOT to Dress for Court Appearances

Although most of family law procedures are handled outside of the courtroom, there are times when court appearances may become necessary. When they are, dressing appropriately can make a big ...
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Summary Dissolution: A California "Quickie" Divorce

California has a no-fault divorce system with many laws and procedures to make divorce a fair process for both spouses ending their marriage. The system can become very complicated, however, when ...
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Name Change after Divorce

Many people take their spouse’s last name when they marry, and no longer want that name after they divorce. In California, if at the time of the divorce filing the spouse requests to have ...
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