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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Family Law Facilitator

A family law facilitator helps people representing themselves in legal situations regarding child support, spousal support and/or health insurance issues. In Los Angeles County, the Office of Family ...
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The Gavron Case and Warning

Mildred and Bernard Gavron were married for 25 years when they divorced. At the time, Bernard was a dentist and Mildred was a 57-year-old homemaker with limited marketable skills. The divorce court ...
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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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Determining Spousal Support in California

In determining permanent spousal support orders, the California Family Code makes quite clear that specific circumstances MUST be considered. Specifically, Section 4320 states: "In ordering ...
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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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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 ...
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5 Commonly Asked Divorce Questions

At The Law Offices of Makupson & Howard, our Pasadena divorce attorneys receive many questions from people who are considering a divorce. While each situation is unique, we’re addressing ...
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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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Blowback Didn't Help Politically, Nor in a California Divorce

Todd Courser is a freshman Michigan state house representative. He is married and the father of four children. Cindy Gamrat is also a freshman Michigan state house representative. She, too, is married ...
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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 Myth of the Ten-Year Anniversary Mark

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman married in1990. In February of 2001, a spokesman for the couple announced that the couple had separated. The date of the separation became a major focal point with ...
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Support Can Be Based on Ability to Earn

Husband and Wife married in 1992. They had one child together. In 2009, Husband filed for divorce; Wife responded and asked for child and spousal support. During their marriage, Husband worked on ...
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When "When" Means the Same as "Until"

Genise and Donn (Mike) Schur Jr. married in 1986 and separated in 2010. They have three adult children. During their marriage, Genise was a stay-at-home mom while Mike provided the financial support ...
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Computer Software to Calculate Child Support

In California, a commercial software program known as “DissoMaster” is used by family law specialists to determine the amount of child support one parent must pay to the other. It is based ...
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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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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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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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Some Aspects of Marital Law Are Not Negotiable

Manual and Donna Diosdado married in 1988. They separated five years later when Donna accused Manual of having an affair. They reconciled, and part of their reconciliation was to enter into an ...
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