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Can Supported Retired Spouse Be Forced to Fund Own Support or Resume Working After Age 65 | Marriage of McLain

Extending Marriage of Reynolds, Senior Citizens Facing Divorce Cannot Be Forced to Quit Retirement to Fund Their Self-Support The California Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, which includes ...
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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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I Intend to File for Divorce in Joshua Tree - Do You Have Any Insights About the Judges and the Local Rules?

Family Law In Joshua Tree: Some Pointers and a Brief Overview By: Michael C. Peterson, Esq. I have had the pleasure of litigating and settling many family law cases in the Joshua Tree courthouse over ...
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Riverside Family Court Judge Reversed on Attorney Fee Request - Exalts FORM Over SUBSTANCE

Marriage of Sharples : Trial Court Must Not Exalt Court Forms Over Substance When Ruling On Attorney Fees Requests A Riverside County family court judge was recently overturned in a denial of attorney ...
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Marriage of Kahn - Self-Represented Parties, Discovery Sanctions and Indio Divorce Attorneys

Marriage of Kahn (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1113 - Don't Think You Can Get Away With Discovery Game Playing By Becoming Self-Represented! Or "How to Avoid Divorce Trance for Lawyers Who Represent ...
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New Requirement for MEET AND CONFER Before RFO Hearings!

Parties to Family Law and Divorce Litigation Are Now Required to "Meet and Confer" Before Hearings In the never ending struggle to force family law litigants to stop the bickering and ...
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Indio Family Court Comm. Gregory Olson | Riverside County Family Law Judges

This is reprinted from an interview for the March, 2013 Desert Bar Associations monthly Family Law Section newsletter. The link to the issue itself is at the bottom of the page. FLS COMMUNITY ...
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Family Law ADVOCACY TIPS For Lawyers and Self-Represented Parties: The 80-20 Principle!

The 80-20 Principle and Tips For Drafting Pleadings and Making Better Presentations In Family Court I had the honor to participate recently in a workshop for the Family Law Section of the Desert Bar ...
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Radical Revisions to the Family Law Rules of Court Become Effective Next Month!

2013 Revisions to the California Family Law Rules of Court As many family lawyers probably know, we are about to see a major rewrite of the California Rules of Court affecting proceedings in ...
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A Family Court Judge's Perspective On EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

Here is an article that Indio Superior Court Judge Dale R. Wells wrote for publication in the Desert Bar Association's, Family Law Section, monthly newsletter (June, 2012, Vol. 6:12). His article ...
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TIPS for Drafting Family Court DECLARATIONS

Rules for Declarations Filed In Family Court Whether you are a self-represented party or an attorney, I want to remind you that rules govern the declarations that you file in family law proceedings - ...
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GRANDPARENT RIGHTS: Recent RIVERSIDE Case Orders VISITATION To GP After DEATH OF PARENT

Hoag v. Diedjomahor (October 17, 2011), 200 Cal.App.4th 1008 The Facts The Fourth Appellate Division released a published opinion on October 17, 2011 in the case of Hoag v. Diedjomahor, a case which ...
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Pointers for Dealing With FAMILY COURT JUDGES (Difficult and Otherwise) - What Every Lawyer and PRO PER Should Know!

Working with Family Court Judges I recently attended this year's annual AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) Conference in Orlando. Two Canadian jurists put on a workshop entitled ...
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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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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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MEDIATION Is a BETTER ALTERNATIVE To FAMILY COURT For Some

Family Court May Be The Common Denominator For Many Families When Relationship Conflicts Require Intervention, But It Should Always Be Recognized As The Forum Of Last Resort ! California Family Courts ...
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