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Blog Posts in March, 2011

TAX TIME Advice for SEPARATED COUPLES About JOINT TAX RETURNS

Q. I'm separated from my ex-husband, and we are in the process of a divorce. He has asked me to file jointly on a 2010 return, and I am wondering if this is a good idea. Any suggestions? Trudy, ...
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Overcoming the PRESUMPTION Against SPOUSAL SUPPORT in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Cases

Q. My wife obtained domestic violence restraining orders against me. I was not guilty of what she claimed I did, but the judge said that all he needed was a 'preponderance of the evidence' to ...
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For Attorneys Only: Announcing LEGAL WEBSITE OPTIMIZATION By AttorneyWebWizard.com

Website Optimization for Lawyers and Divorce Lawyer SEO This Blog is for attorneys only. Clients and others, please don't peek! I aim to have a discussion with my brothers and sisters in the law ...
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What to Do If My CASE Is Being TRANSFERRED BETWEEN COURTS in Riverside County?

Q. My Wife's attorney filed a dissolution at the main Riverside County courthouse, but we both live in the Coachella Valley. They should have filed it in Indio. It is a long drive for me to ...
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Local Businesses: Who Has the Best CHINESE FOOD in Palm Springs?

The Supreme Dragon Chinese and Seafood Restaurant As you might have noticed, most of what I Blog is fairly dry and informational. Humor or entertainment are not my greatest talents. Every once in a ...
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FAMILY LAW SANCTIONS and DUE PROCESS: Santa Barbara Trial Court Reversed in IRMO DURIS

Visitors to my websites know that I am biased in favor of mediation, believing that parties to litigation involving their family should opt to resolve their disputes themselves rather than undertake ...
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Making DIVORCE JUDGES ACCOUNTABLE - What Is A STATEMENT OF DECISION?

What Are "Statements of Decision" in California Marital Dissolutions? Given the 2011 changes to the California Family Code brought about by the recommendations of the Elkins Task Force, you ...
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How Do I DISQUALIFY The JUDGE Assigned to My Case?

Q. My husband has filed for divorce and set a hearing for custody of our children. I was just served with the papers. My girlfriends tell me that the judge assigned to my case may be prejudiced ...
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SANCTIONS For Failure to Complete the FINAL DECLARATION OF DISCLOSURE

The Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure I've recently blogged the importance of complying with Family Code section 2103 and section 2104, which obligate both parties to a pending dissolution, ...
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Must I Submit My TAX RETURNS to the COURT or to the OTHER PARTY?

Q. I have a hearing coming up involving my ex-wife's request to modify spousal and child support. I've received a letter from her attorney demanding I bring my 2010 tax returns to court. I ...
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