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Alicia Silverstone and the Cohabitation Clause

Alicia Silverstone is a 42-year old American movie actress. She became famous as a teenager in 1995 with her breakout film Clueless. She went on to star in the big-budget Hollywood film Batman & ...
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A Celebrity Long Term Marriage Ends

Channing Tatum is an American actor. He obtained mega-star status for his roles in the Magic Mike movies as exotic dancer Magic Mike. Jenna Dewan is an American actress and dancer. She began her ...
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Is Geena Davis a Putative Spouse?

Geena Davis is an American actress. She has many movie titles to her credit, including Tootsie, Beetlejuice and The Accidental Tourist. She received a best actress Oscar for her role in The Accidental ...
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A Slash by Any Other Name

Saul Hudson is a rock and roll musician. He plays lead guitar for the group Guns N’ Roses. He is better known by his stage name Slash. Slash and Guns N’ Roses are very famous in the rock ...
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Pay Up, Piggy!

Wendy Raquel Robinson is an actress. She has been active in television and movies for over 25 years. Her most famous roles were as Regina “Piggy” Grier on the Steve Harvey Show from 1996 ...
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A Court Can Correct Its Own Errors

Husband [H] is a well-known music producer currently serving prison time for second degree murder. He married Wife [W] while out on bail and awaiting his trial for murder. He was found guilty and ...
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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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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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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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A Necessary of Life May Not be a Common Necessary of Life

H was an attorney and licensed to practice law in California. W, his wife, also an attorney, had been disbarred in Kansas. She practiced immigration law in Stockton, California. During their marriage, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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