Currently Browsing: California Family Law

Path of a Divorce Case

How long will my case take? This process is confusing. Why am I doing all of this work up front? Common questions I hear from family law clients and rightly so. Dissolving a marriage does sometimes take longer than all of us would like. The process...

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Cutting Off a Spouse Financially

I believe every person, even those in relationships and marriages, should work; part-time or full-time. My reasoning is two-fold and founded upon the high cost of living in today’s world. (1) Even if your spouse or significant other is gainfully...

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“But I was Told I Can’t Leave the House”

Potential family law clients in California will invariably recite during the initial consultation that they were told by a friend, neighbor, estate planning attorney…etc. that they cannot move out...

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Continuous Cash Gifts and the Williamson/Butterfly Effect on Spousal and Child Support

Continuous cash gifts from the parents of a spouse to that spouse or from the parents of a co-parent to that co-parent are magical. The cash gifts keep coming month after month with regularity and then, enter a family law action, they suddenly...

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Tracing 3.0

We have a new case on tracing and it’s wonderful. Enter In re Marriage of Ciprari (2019) 32 Cal.App.5th 83.   On appeal, wife challenges the trial court’s characterization of a majority of the cash and securities held in commingled...

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Dead Animals and Trash – An Ode to Imputation of Income

I use the term “ode” loosely here as this is obviously not a poem. But, a highlight of a legal reality. Welcome to imputation of income; the ability of a Court to determine that a party can earn a certain amount of money each month, thus,...

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Party of One – Privacy: A Must Read for Everyone Who Uses a Phone

In Smith v. LoanMe, Inc. (2019) Super.Ct.No.RIC1612501, I am not impressed with the facts of the case; but, I am impressed with the reasoning and the conclusion. Jeremiah Smith filed a class action complaint against LoanMe, Inc. (LoanMe), alleging...

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Spousal Support and Prophecy

In In re Marriage of Andreen (1978) 76 Cal. App.3d 667, 673 the Court of Appeal gave one of my top favorite lines in a family law case: “It is much more realistic (and at least fair) to appraise the parties’ 1979 situation by measure of...

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A Fool Has Himself for a Lawyer, Or Does He? — Goodwill and Business Vals

I present In re Marriage of Rosen (2002) 130 Cal.App.4th 808. In this gem of a case, we get a nice understanding of the significance of the goodwill value in business valuations.   Bruce and Pat Rosen were married for 12 years. Bruce was a...

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Family Law and the Constitution – Not Mutually Exclusive

So often I tell people what area of law I practice, and I am met with rolled eyes, groans or comments such as family law is “just forms.” In my opinion, family law is the most difficult area of law to practice because it encompasses all...

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