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Deeds – Another Case on Deeds, Another Case on Sharing (Appreciation Included)

In re Marriage of G.C. and R.W. (2018) 23 Cal.App.5th 1, certified for partial publication, really challenges your cerebral cortex and highlights the complexity of modern-day divorce cases. Its also begs for a timeline, and a map: 2002 – husband and husband purchase a residence together in New Jersey. 2004 – they enter into a

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“From Conflict to Agreement” – A Parenting Video

Not surprisingly, my favorite court has released an outstanding video giving parents in family law matters tools they can use to reduce their conflict and optimize child-focused resolution to their child custody disputes. Here are some reasons why I like this video and some issues addressed that I think are important. Two fictional parents caught

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Schnabel Says “You have to disclose.”

In a divorce, a spouse cannot hide behind a corporation and fail to produce relevant records. It does not work. We see why in Schnabel v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 704. In Schnabel, husband was employed by a close corporation and was record shareholder of 30 percent of its stock. The stock was community

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A Case for Three Parents

A few years ago, I was appearing before a local family law judge. After this judge called his calendar, he then shared with the attorneys, their clients and everyone else in the court room some recent updates in the law. He also shared that he spent the weekend on his hands and knees in his

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In Deed – Convey Title Carefully

People do interesting things with real property and deeds before and during marriage. They add people onto title, take people off title or change the form of title for real and imaginary reasons with or without the assistance of attorneys. Sometimes, this creates problems and, worse case scenario, the loss of property to one spouse

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California Revocable Living Trusts and Divorce

Family law includes nearly every area of law; however, the purpose of this blog post is to explore some estate planning considerations in the context of a divorce. This post is limited to estate plans drafted in California and divorces taking place in California, as each state may have different laws. If you have an

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Child Custody – Information Needed

If you have met with a family law attorney, have minor children and will likely need Court orders to determine custody and a parenting schedule, then please be prepared to provide the following information. This information will be used to help the Court understand why the custody and parenting schedule you are requesting is in

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Spousal Support – Information Needed

If you have met with a family law attorney and determined that you will likely receive a spousal support award in your case, then please be prepared to provide the following information. This information will be used to help determine the right amount of spousal support for you. Although you should always run this past

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Preparing for Your Divorce

The best way to approach your divorce is to prepare for it. Be smart. I schedule pre-divorce appointments with some of my clients, which seem to be immensely helpful for them. These pre-divorce appointments give clients a chance to gather as much documentation as they can before filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Further,

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Three Step Divorce Process

A divorce is really a three step process: (1) initiate, (2) value and (3) settle/set matters for trial. In theory, it should not take longer than a few weeks to resolve all issues in a divorce case. Why divorces take longer may be because of mental illness, addictions, emotions, dishonesty and/or unethical attorneys. I have

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