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To Prenup or Not to Prenup?

To Prenup or Not to Prenup?

Most everyone is familiar with a prenuptial agreement. However, most everyone is not familiar with the benefits of a prenuptial …

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The Effect of Cohabitation on Spousal Support

The Effect of Cohabitation on Spousal Support

If you are paying spousal support to your former spouse and your former spouse starts living with someone of the …

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The “Cheshire Cat” of Imputed Income

The “Cheshire Cat” of Imputed Income

Family law permits the court to impute income to a non-working or under-employed parent or spouse for the purpose of …

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Step-Down In Spousal Support Orders

Step-Down In Spousal Support Orders

After a marriage of 18 years and then paying spousal support for 13 years, a California court modified support, but …

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Spousal Support, Does It Ever End

Spousal Support, Does It Ever End

There is a presumption in California Law that a marriage of ten years is deemed to be a long term …

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Spousal Support After A Ten-year Marriage

Spousal Support After A Ten-year Marriage

Many question obligations resulting from a ten (plus) year marriage, specifically, whether the length of the marriage requires one spouse …

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Spousal Support 101

Spousal Support 101

There are two types of spousal support: (1) Pendente Lite support, or “temporary” support, and (2) “Permanent” support. Temporary spousal …

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Request To Modify Support Orders

Request To Modify Support Orders

In these troubling economic times where job loss is unfortunately all too common, I have received numerous requests regarding modifying …

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Imputed Income: Get a “Real” Job

Imputed Income: Get a “Real” Job

During marriage (or domestic partnership) spouses (and domestic partners) have a duty to support each other as outlined by Family …

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I Want To Remarry My Ex Husband … I Think

I Want To Remarry My Ex Husband … I Think

The easiest way for the obligation of spousal support to end is if the supported party remarries. Almost always, there …

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I Thought It Was Until Death Do Us Part. Why Am I Paying After Death?

I Thought It Was Until Death Do Us Part. Why Am I Paying After Death?

Sometimes spousal support is ordered for a few years, sometimes it is ordered until one party dies or remarries, and …

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How Long Do I Have To Support My Former Spouse?

How Long Do I Have To Support My Former Spouse?

There are three distinct components relating to the issue of payment of spousal support to a former spouse: amount of …

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How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits

How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits

Most Americans probably know that the Social Security Administration sends out annual statements that can assist pre-retirees in estimating their …

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How Does A Court Determine The Amount To Be Paid For Temporary Spousal Support

How Does A Court Determine The Amount To Be Paid For Temporary Spousal Support

How Does a Court Determine the Amount to Be Paid For Temporary Spousal Support As Opposed to Permanent Spousal Support? …

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Getting Spousal Support For Life (Or At Least Until Retirement)

Getting Spousal Support For Life (Or At Least Until Retirement)

After a 37 year marriage, Dr. Gordon Reynolds was ordered to pay his wife Polly, the sum of $5,500.00 per …

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Do I Have To Pay My Spouse’s Attorney Fees?

Do I Have To Pay My Spouse’s Attorney Fees?

The California Family Code provides that in a family law case, the court can order one party to pay a …

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