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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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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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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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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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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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Discreet California DIVORCE ANALYSIS Consults for Mediators and Out-of-State Attorneys

California Family Law Consults for Lawyers and Non-Lawyer Mediators I have for a number of years made myself available to provide detailed second legal opinions involving a wide range of California ...
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Attorneys Who ADVERTISE Service As A Temporary Judge Violate Judicial Ethics

"Pro Tem" Attorneys Who Advertise Their Service As Temporary Judges Violate the California Code of Judicial Ethics ! If everybody does it, it cannot be wrong. Right? Wrong. Many lawyers who ...
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Thurman Arnold III Named As A 2015 California Superlawyer for Divorce and Family Law!

Thurman W. Arnold Is Named As A 2015 SuperLawyer ! We are pleased and proud to announce that Thurman W. Arnold, III, has just been selected as a 2015 Southern California Family Law and Divorce ...
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Making Persuasive Arguments: Using LEGAL MAXIMS In Family Law Cases

Legal Maxims: The More Human Puzzles Change, the More They Remain the Same ! Author: Michael C. Peterson, Esq. Introduction This week's focus on the European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission ...
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I've FIRED MY ATTORNEY But She Won't Release My FILES - What Should I do?

Q. I want to fire my divorce attorney. She claims I owe her money for legal services, but I don't feel I owe her because I was double billed for some items, and she is actually charging me 4 hours of ...
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Self-Represented Party Needs TIPS On How to Take DIVORCE DEPOSITION With Production Request and How to Deal With Objections From Spouse's Attorney

Tips On Using Notices of Deposition Together With A Demand for Production in Divorce and Family Law Proceedings I was recently asked by a reader of our Enlightened Divorce Blog™ about how to ...
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When Does Making Threats In Divorce and Family Law Proceedings Become Extortion or 'Merely' Unethical?

Divorce Lawyer Ethics: Threatening Criminal, Administrative, or Disciplinary Action to Advance a Civil Cause (The Get 'Em Over a Barrel Ethical Quandary) By: Michael C. Peterson As a California ...
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I Received the Husband's PRELIMINARY DECLARATION OF DISCLOSURE But It Omits to VALUE Any Asset. Is This Proper?

Q. I am an attorney practicing in San Bernardino. I represent the wife in a dissolution action we filed and served a little more than 60 days ago. I recently received from opposing counsel her ...
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What Is Our DATE OF SEPARATION? Maybe Whatever a Trial Court Says It is!

Q. My wife and I have continued to reside in the same household, although we each understood the marriage was over several years ago. We continued to live together for the kids, and to share expenses ...
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We Are Proud to Be One of the BEST DIVORCE WEBSITES On the Web!

The EnlightenedDivorceBlog™ Strives to Be the Most Relevant Divorce and Family Law Related Website on the Internet! I want to share with our readers something major that we've begun to ...
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"Divorce Corp" - Dr. Drew's New "Documentary" - Divorce Trance and Fantasy

"Divorce Corp": Dr. Drew's Take of Divorce Trance I've reviewed You-Tube snippets of Dr. Drew's new documentary entitled " Divorce Corp ", but not the movie itself ...
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Time for Producing Documents at Family Law DEPOSITIONS

Q. What do I need to know about setting my spouse's deposition and ensuring he brings all necessary documents with him for my review? 10 Day Notice Period for Document Production at a Deposition ...
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How Long Can I Be Forced to Participate in a Family Law DEPOSITION?

New Limitation for Time Period of Submitting to Family Law Depositions By: Michael C. Peterson, Esq. There were quite a few changes to the codes of California effective at the beginning of 2013. To be ...
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Some Pointers for Lawyers and Parties Who Face SURPRISE MOTIONS TO QUASH

Q. How should I handle a motion to quash in a family law proceeding when the other party brings it up at the first hearing? Anticipating and Opposing Last Minute, Bogus, Motions to Quash Service of ...
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