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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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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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Separate Property vs Community Property

H and W were married in 1988 and lived in the Sacramento area. H was an Air Force officer and W was a college professor and Army reserve officer. The couple separated in 1995, when H was transferred ...
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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 ...
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Classifying Property Under California Law

There are three basic types of property in California Law: separate property, community property, and quasi-community property. Determining the type of property will determine the rights and ...
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Social Security is Not Community Property

H and W married in 1994. They separated in 2010. H is an attorney in private practice. W is also an attorney, and is an employee of a California county district attorney’s office. Throughout ...
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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 ...
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FLARPL, Really?!

When most married people want to file for a divorce to end their marriage, they turn to an attorney to assist them. For many people, the fees attorneys request to file these divorces are more than ...
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Giada De Laurentiis's California Divorce Settlement

Giada De Laurentiis is a famous cook with her own television shows on the Food Network cable channel. In 2003, she married fashion designer Todd Thompson. In 2008, the couple had their only child, ...
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California's Palimony Laws

Michelle Triola was an actress and lounge singer when she met movie actor Lee Marvin. In 1964, they moved in together and lived their lives as a married couple, although they never married. During ...
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Common Misconceptions of Marriage and Divorce in California

Many of the family laws in California are based on its Spanish history, including the concept of community property in marriage. Many are also based on the values and views of society at the time of ...
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The California Right of Publicity

California is known worldwide for its entertainment industry from movies to television to music and theater. California is also known worldwide for its celebrities most of whom come from the ...
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Ring Ownership in a Failed Engagement

The history of the use of engagement rings in contemplation of marriage can be traced as far back as the Roman Empire. A man proposed marriage to a woman, and when she accepted his proposal, he ...
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Shelly Sterling vs. V. Staviano: Return the Community Property!

In 1955, Donald Sterling (nee Tokowitz) married Rochelle “Shelly” Stein in Los Angeles County, California. They had three children and proceeded to build an empire based mostly on ...
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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 ...
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Cheap Divorce in California

In 1970, the California State Legislature revamped the entire divorce process. The system was changed from one of fault-finding of one or both of the parties, to a system of no-fault by either party. ...
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Ending a Marriage in California

In California, there are three ways in which to legally end (i.e., dissolve) a marriage: Death of one of the spouses Dissolution of marriage Nullity of Marriage (judgment saying there never was a ...
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Community Debts in California Law

In California, payment of most debt acquired during the marriage is considered the responsibility of both spouses. Debt acquired before marriage or after the spouses separate is the responsibility of ...
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Classifying Property by California Law and Why

There are three types of property classifications in California law: community property, separate property, and quasi-community property. It is important to know the differences between them, because ...
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Prenuptial Agreements: Agreements to Disagree Later?

California residents Patrick Bode Dubbert ("Bo") met Walmart heiress Elizabeth Paige Laurie ("Paige") when they both attended an ACT prep course. Bo was the son of a successful ...
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Very Little Can Be Enough

Frances and Dennis Burnham lived in New Jersey with their two daughters when the decided to end their marriage. Frances moved with the girls to California while Dennis remained in New Jersey and ...
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With Two Lefts, There's One Right and One Wrong

Andrea and Andrew Left married in June of 2001. Andrew was a stock trader. Andrea had been an attorney before their marriage, but stopped working permanently after she became pregnant with the first ...
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When Non-Marriage is Marriage in California

Jesus Mendoza was killed in a car accident on Valentine's Day of 2001. Greg Alan Battle was the driver of the car that hit Mendoza, and Battle's employer was Johnson & Johnson Corporation. ...
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When a Marriage Isn't a Marriage, or is it...?

Patricia married Richard in 1973 and separated from him in January, 1987 when she began dating Henry. She met Jeffrey in January of 1988, and broke up with Henry in February, 1988. At the time, ...
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Separating is in the Mind of the Separator

Sheryl and Keith Xavier Davis (known as Xavier) were married on June 12, 1993. They have two children from their marriage: a daughter born in 1995 and a son born in 1999. After the birth of their son, ...
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