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Can Spouses Be Found to Have Gifted Their Share in Community Property to the Other? Problems Affecting SP Residences.

Community Property Gifts to the Separate Property of the Other Spouse When the community estate pays money towards the separate property assets or expenses of the other spouse, is it always entitled ...
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Divorce and Family Law Second Opinions | Best Second Opinion Feedback Supporting Attorneys and Their Clients!

Family Law and Divorce Case Second Opinions - New Paradigm for 2017! Thurman Arnold III introduced the second legal opinion for dissolution and non-marital family law cases on this website about 10 ...
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Michael C. Peterson Named As a 2017 Super Lawyers "Rising Star"!!!

Michael C. Peterson, CFLS, Named As a 2017 Super Lawyers™ Rising Star! I am so pleased and proud to announce that Michael Peterson has received the honor of being named as a Thomson Reuters ...
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Can Supported Retired Spouse Be Forced to Fund Own Support or Resume Working After Age 65 | Marriage of McLain

Extending Marriage of Reynolds, Senior Citizens Facing Divorce Cannot Be Forced to Quit Retirement to Fund Their Self-Support The California Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, which includes ...
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How Oppose Illegal Video or Audio Recordings in DV and Other Family Law Proceedings?

What to Do With Illegally Obtained Recordings in Domestic Violence and Other Family Law Situations Over the years I've seen a lot of attempted over-reaches by parties to family law cases. One is ...
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Understanding What Underlies Family Code Section 721 | Fiduciary Duty Obligations Upon Marriage

Family Code Section 721 | The Starting Point for All Interspousal Fiduciary Duty Analysis in Divorce! In financial transactions between spouses (so-called "interspousal transactions"), or ...
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Excluding evidence outside pleadings, including "incidents" not alleged in Request for DVTRO Orders

How Do I Exclude Evidence That Is Outside of the Scope of the Pleadings Filed By the Other Party At My Family Law RFO or Domestic Violence Hearing? While historically it has seemed that Family Court ...
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Marriage of Sagonowsky | Family Code 271 Sanctions Limited to Awards For Attorney Fees and Costs | Try CCP Section 128.5!

Family Code Section 271 Only Authorizes Trial Courts to Issue Sanctions' Awards in the Form of Attorney Fees and Costs, and Not General Damages for the Consequences of Alleged Misconduct We've ...
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Overview of Procedure and Process in Divorce, From the Initial Petition Filing to Judgment

What Is the Divorce Process From Initial Petition Filing, to Requests for Temporary Orders, to Judgment and the Conclusion of the Case? My goal is to empower and introduce you, the legal consumer, ...
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Timing Basics for Appealing Family Court Judgments and Orders: Part III

An Overview of Basic Appellate Concepts Relating to Divorce and Family Law Cases - Part 3 As discussed in Part 2 of this appeal mini-series, there are two basic types of appeals from divorce court and ...
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Simplified Overview of How Property Rights Are Determined In Divorce | Dividing Community and Separate Property

Thurman's Best Attempt At a Simple Outline of the Divorce Process - Issues Involving Money Many people bump into the Enlightened Divorce Blog™ while trying to figure out how to handle, ...
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Appealing California Family Court Decisions | What Are Family Law Writs | Can I Appeal My Divorce Orders? - Part 2

Part II of the Divorce' Appeals Mini-Series! Which Orders and Judgments Are Directly Appealable? Prologue So your family court judge screwed up and got it wrong, eh? This is a not uncommon ...
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Michael C. Peterson Appointed Chair of the Desert Bar Association's Family Law Section for 2017!

Michael C. Peterson, CFLS, Appointed As Chair of the Desert Bar Association's Family Law Section for 2017 We are honored to announce that Mike Peterson was appointed this month as the Chair of the ...
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What To Know About Appeals in Divorce and Family Law Cases! Part I: Get It Mostly Right in the Trial Court!

What Are the Basic Rules Governing Appeals in Family Law Cases - An Overview The EnlightenedDivorce Blog™ has been in existence since 2008. Over the course of that time, one of the things ...
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Second Opinion Divorce and Family Law Consults Offered in January, 2017 At An Experimental Fixed Rate!

Want a California Divorce or Family Law Second Opinion On Your Pending or Soon to Be Filed Case from Expert and Experienced Family Law Attorneys? ~ Please Don't Blow Yourself Up ~ I've decided ...
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Tips for Winning Sanctions' Requests in Divorce and Family Law Cases!

TIPS FOR WINNING OR DEFENDING AGAINST SANCTIONS REQUESTS IN DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW CASES Let's realistically discuss sanctions requests, as they may apply in whatever State you reside in although ...
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Denial of Spousal Support Extended to Include DV Perpetrated Against Child

Expanding Spousal Support Denial In Cases of Domestic Violence - Meet IRMO Gomez and Shue : No Alimony to Abusive Parents! What Might This Mean for You? While the language of Section 4320(i) of the ...
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What Are the 2017 Revisions to the California Family Code?

The 2017 Updates to the California Family Code It's that time again. Each year we like to provide you a head's up as to the legislative additions and changes to the Family Code pertaining to ...
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Do I Need to Disclose My Bonus to My Wife if a Divorce Is Pending?

Is There An Obligation to Tell My Husband About the Year-End Bonus I Am About to Receive? This is a tough topic, because if you've found yourself here it is because you are struggling with your ...
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Ex-Wife Claims I Owe Her Past Child and Spousal Support, When I Paid Her in Full!

Q. My ex-wife filed a motion claiming I owe her $75,000, plus interest, for child and spousal support that I paid years ago. Our kids are grown and married. She remarried six years ago. I've moved ...
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Marriage of Wilson - Trial Court May Refuse to Enforce Child Support Orders Where Minor Living With Grandparents!

California Courts Can Consider Equitable (Fairness) Arguments and Refuse to Enforce Child Support Orders In Favor of a Parent When The Children Were Living with Grandparents! In re Marriage of Wilson ...
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Fire Captain Has Fluctuating Income Where Fire Season Pays Higher Wages, But Court is Averaging OT Into His Yearly Income.

Q. My son who is a fire captain is going through a divorce/custody dispute. The problem is that during the summer months/fire season he works overtime. June-Sept. However, does not work significant ...
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Thurman W. Arnold, III, CFLS Inducted As A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

Thurman W. Arnold, III, CFLS Inducted As A Fellow into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers We are pleased to announce that Thurman Arnold III CFLS has been inducted into the American Academy ...
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Marriage of Murchison - Can I Disqualify My Spouse's Attorney?

REQUIREMENT OF "STANDING" TO DISQUALIFY OPPOSING DIVORCE COUNSEL Feel like the other party’s attorney has been unethical in your divorce case and want them disqualified from hassling ...
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The Date of Separation Wars Continue - Will New Family Code Section 70 Abrogate Marriage of Davis?

The Uncertain Landscape of Date of Separation in California Divorce - New Family Code Section 70 My colleague, attorney David C. Stone of Anaheim, recently brought to my attention Senate Bill 1255 ...
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