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Blog Posts in June, 2010

What is DISCOVERY in California Dissolution and Family Law Cases? (Part 1 - Form Interrogatories)

Q. Can you tell me how "discovery" works in California divorce and family law cases? What is Discovery? "Discovery" generally consists of formalized requests for the exchange of ...
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What is a SUMMARY DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION?

To establish a domestic partnership, both parties must fit certain criteria and must file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State. Once established, under California law both ...
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Is a PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT signed without an attorney ENFORCEABLE?

Q. Before my wife and I married, she convinced me to sign a Prenup prepared by her brother, who is a Los Angeles divorce attorney. It says that I waive any right to property acquired with her ...
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Does MOORE MARSDEN appy to IMPROVEMENTS we made to our RESIDENCE during marriage?

Q. I understand that Moore Marsden has something to do with reimbursing the community estate for the mortgage payments we made on the house my wife owned prior to our marriage, but we spent some the ...
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What should I know if I want to LIMIT or TERMINATE SPOUSAL SUPPORT in the future?

Q. My wife and I were married for 14 years. We have two children, aged 11 and 13. We are in our early 40's. My wife has a college degree, but quit working shortly before our first child was born. ...
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What is a GAVRON WARNING and how does it affect my right to SPOUSAL SUPPORT?

Q. I was at our first court hearing last week requesting child and spousal support. My husband's attorney asked the judge to give me a "Gavron Warning". The judge said he would consider ...
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"PARENTAL ALIENATION" at the 2010 AFCC Conference

The topic of the 47th Annual Association of Family and Conciliation Court Conference is "parental alienation." Over 1,000 lawyers, judges, mediators, and mental health professionals ...
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Proposed Text for a new diagnosis of PARENTAL ALIENATION in the DSM-V

The following text was taken from the AFCC materials provided in Denver. The DSM-V has not been adopted, nor is there any agreement that the following diagnosis should be added. Ultimately it was not ...
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