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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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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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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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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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Magnitude 8.1 Earthquake Rocks California Laws Governing Date of Separation - Meet Marriage of Davis!

California Divorce Laws Rocked by Seismic Shift In Defining Date of Separation ! Marriage of Davis (7/20/15) [Click to Read] By T.W. Arnold III, CFLS In what is possibly its most shocking family law ...
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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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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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Can My Wife LEASE OUT Our Rental Property Without My CONSENT?

Q. I am recently separated, but neither my wife nor I have filed anything with the Court. I just learned she renewed the lease for a rental property we own in Joshua Tree, without my consent. I ...
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I Am Recently Divorced, and Didn't Handle Our Marital Finances. Can You Give Me Any INVESTMENT ADVICE and What About GOLD?

Q. I divorced last April, and received a significant amount of money in our divorce settlement. I have two daughters, ages 15 and 19. What are your thoughts about investing the money that was my share ...
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We've Updated Our Sample 'STATEMENT OF DECISION' California Family Law Portal With Most of these Forms You'll Need!

Sample and Exemplar Statements of Decision in California Dissolution and Non-Marital Family Law Cases We've just uploaded six new templates for tentative rulings and sample statements of decision ...
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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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Donald Sterling and His Wife Rochelle: The L.A. Clippers, Racism, and a Grounded Application of California Family Law Principles

Donald and Rochelle Sterling, the LA Clippers, and California Family Law: A Statutory Analysis of Their Looming Divorce By: Michael C. Peterson, Esq. The Background Everyone who watches the networks ...
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Announcing Our New SAMPLE Attorneys' Divorce and Family Law Library!

New: Sample and Exemplar Forms For Drafting Pleadings and Discovery in Marital Dissolution and Family Law Cases in January, 2014 we began cobbling together a form library containing selected pleadings ...
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Attorney MICHAEL C. PETERSON PASSES the CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST EXAMINATION!

Palm Springs Divorce and Family Law Attorney Michael C. Peterson Passes the 2013 Certified Family Law Specialist's Examination!!! We are so very proud and pleased to announce that Arnold Law ...
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I Owe My Attorney $100,000 and She Is Reluctant to File a Breach of Fiduciary Duty Motion for Me - Should I Go It Alone?

Hi Mr. Arnold, I am in a very contentious divorce. Long story short: had a 7 day bifurcated trial on date of separation while judge refused to schedule a hearing for attorney fees before and during ...
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Is a "Book of Business" of a Professional Person, Established During Marriage, a "Divisible" Community Property Asset?

Q. Having run out of money, I have been representing myself for about two years. The current issue before the court is the petitioner’s motion for alternate date of valuation filed with regard ...
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SANCTIONS for Failure to Disclose SEPARATE PROPERTY As Breach of Fiduciary Duty - Marriage of Simmons

Marriage of Simmons (April 18, 2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 584 Q. Does a spouse have the obligation to disclose separate property assets in the course of a dissolution proceeding and, if so, what are the ...
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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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A REVIEW of the Top California Marriage Based FIDUCIARY DUTY STATUTES

What Are the Key California Fiduciary Duty Statutes, and How Are They Applied ? Part I - Introduction to Fiduciary Duties Given the large number of reversals of fiduciary duty claims at the trial ...
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Marriage of Georgiou: The Time To File Fiduciary Duty Set Aside Motions Is Limited!

Marriage of Georgiou and Leslie: If Your Attorney(s) Fails to Ask the Right Questions, and You Have Some Information About the Nature of a Potential Community Property Asset, You Had Better Act Fast! ...
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Marriage of Facter: Best Practices for Drafting California Premarital Agreements Waiving or Limiting Spousal Support

Marriage of Facter : Appellate Court Clues About Unconscionability of Spousal Support (and Other) Waivers in Prenups at Time of Enforcement By TWA III The lawyers among you will know that California ...
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How Should BONUS INCOME Be Treated for Child and Spousal Support Purposes In California?

"Bonus" Income and Ostler & Smith Awards: Best Practices For How to Ensure Fair Child and Spousal Support Awards It is not uncommon for parties to divorce or custody proceedings to be ...
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How To COLLECT On Family Court ORDERS For Support or Money Judgments In Property Division!

Enforcing California Family Court Orders and Awards for Money One of the most effective ways to end the misery of high-conflict divorce with a recalcitrant spouse or co-parent is to enforce the money ...
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WEBCAM Divorce and (SECOND OPINION) Family Law Consults!

Second Opinion Family Law Consults You have found this website because you have questions about a system of rules that is alien and certain to dramatically change the landscape of your life, ...
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