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Blog Posts in 2016

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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May I Make a Motion for a Directed Verdict in a California Family Law Case?

What is the Correct Procedure for Making a Motion for Judgment in a Family Law, Non-Jury Trial? Most trial lawyers, and particularly those with jury trial experience, are generally familiar with a ...
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The Art of the Objection In California Family Law Litigation

The Art of Family Law and Divorce Objections: Evidence and Procedure in California Family Law Proceedings and RFO Requests By: Michael C. Peterson, CFLS Introduction: Whether you are an attorney, or ...
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Happy New Year to the Family Law Community of Afflicted Parties and Their Counsel!

2016 Revisions to the California Family Code, Rules of Court, and Judicial Council Forms! Greetings All, and especially to our client base in Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Springs, and ...
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