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Determining Support: Do We Use Earning Capacity Or Actual Earnings?

Determining Support: Do We Use Earning Capacity Or Actual Earnings?

It is sometimes an issue in dissolution actions whether or not support, be it child support or spousal support, should …

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Determining Spousal Support When There is Severance Pay

Determining Spousal Support When There is Severance Pay

Spousal support and Child support is often set based on the payor spouse’s base or guaranteed income. Any additional income …

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Defining Spousal Support (Formerly Known as Alimony)

Defining Spousal Support (Formerly Known as Alimony)

Spousal Support and Alimony are interchangeable terms, with “alimony” being a more dated, less-used term.   Many people are unclear …

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Am I Entitled To Spousal Support?

Am I Entitled To Spousal Support?

California Family Code, Section 4320, sets forth the circumstances necessary to determine if and for how long a spouse may …

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Whose Property Is It Anyway?

Whose Property Is It Anyway?

Disagreements regarding who owns a particular piece of property can, and often do, come up in marital dissolution actions. In …

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When A Couple Divorce, Who Gets Custody Of The Dog?

When A Couple Divorce, Who Gets Custody Of The Dog?

If you supposed custody would be awarded to the individual who fed, walked, groomed, took to the veterinarian, and got …

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What This Case Means to You! Marriage of Williamson

What This Case Means to You! Marriage of Williamson

Breach of Fiduciary Duty – In re Marriage of Williamson (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1303, 172 Cal.Rptr.3d 699 (6/12/2014) WHEN DOES …

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What This Case Means to You! Marriage of Valli

What This Case Means to You! Marriage of Valli

WHAT THIS CASE MEANS TO YOU! Life Insurance, Divorce and Community Property   Marriage of Valli (2014) 58 Cal.4th 1396, …

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What happens to the house?

What happens to the house?

One of the most common questions I hear when a couple decides to divorce is, “Do we need to refinance …

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What Happens to the Family Home in a Divorce?

What Happens to the Family Home in a Divorce?

As a family law attorney, I find that often one of the first questions a client poses is about what …

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Valuing Community Property When One Party Provides Unreliable Business Records

Valuing Community Property When One Party Provides Unreliable Business Records

Pursuant to the California Family Code, California community property is valued or should be valued “as near as practicable to the …

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Trust Considerations in Divorce

Trust Considerations in Divorce

In many states, including California, trusts are sometimes created with separate property by one spouse in contemplation of marriage, to …

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Timing Is Everything In Characterizing Property

Timing Is Everything In Characterizing Property

It is generally well known that California is a community property state. That means all earnings and accumulations between the …

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The Income and Expense Declaration

The Income and Expense Declaration

In nearly every family law matter a financial disclosure form, known as the Income and Expense Declaration (“FL-150”) must be …

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The Impact of a Divorce on Your Business

The Impact of a Divorce on Your Business

Most business owners don’t head into marriage thinking about doomsday scenarios, but when divorce is imminent, your business may be …

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