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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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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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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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2015 AMENDMENTS To Family Code: The Obsolescence of a "HUSBAND" and "WIFE"

Gender Neutrality and Same-Sex Equality: The California Family Code Becomes Politically and Psychologically Correct in 2015 ! With a stroke of his pen on July 7, 2014, Governor Gerry Brown signed a ...
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Marriage of Boblitt Reversed by Legislative Action - Welcome to New Family Code Section 218

I've spoken with a number of you by email about the chilling effect that Marriage of Boblitt had on post-judgment discovery, and am pleased to announce that Jerry Brown has signed into emergency ...
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2014 Legislative Changes and Amendments to the CA Family Code

Q. What are the most important 2014 changes and revisions to the California Family Law Act? 2014 Legislative Changes/Amendments to the California Family Code 2013 was definitely a boring year in terms ...
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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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New Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 5.111 - Increasing Litigation Costs Impairs Justice

Important Changes to the Rules For Making Evidentiary Objections to the Contents of Declarations That Support and Oppose Requests for Orders: Meet California Rules of Court, Rule 5.111 Palm Springs ...
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Proposed 2012 REVISIONS to JUDICIAL COUNCIL FORMS; ATTORNEY FEE REQUESTS

Palm Springs Divorce and Family Law Attorney Mark D. Gershenson was kind enough to provide me the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee Report to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial ...
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ATTORNEY FEES In CUSTODY Cases: 2011 Family Code Amendments

2011 Family Code Changes Affecting Attorney Fee Requests Along with other changes to the California Family Code brought about by the Elkins Committee's recommendations, Family Code section 3121 ...
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Making Attorneys Accessible to Family Law Litigants: 2011 ATTORNEY FEE REVISIONS TO THE FAMILY CODE

December is new legislation month at the Enlightened Divorce Blog™ presented by southern California Family Law Attorney Thurman W. Arnold. My goal is to inform you well, and early on, on any ...
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ELKINS and New FAMILY CODE SECTION 217: How It AFFECTS YOU!

Elkins and Live-Witness Testimony The most important new rule in decades affecting the experience of California Family Law litigants is set to be unleashed on January 1, 2011. It promises a radical ...
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New Family Code Section 3042 - Will It Serve to Accelerate the GENDER CUSTODY WARS?

Child Testimony Concerning Parental Preference AB 1090, sponsored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, becomes law on January 1, 2011 as revised Family Code section 3042. It directs courts to allow children age ...
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Can My CHILDREN TESTIFY About Their PARENT PREFERENCE in Our Custody Case?

Q. We have a hearing coming up before the Christmas holidays over custody and visitation issues. I believe my children should testify in court about their father's living conditions, as well as ...
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What STANDARDS Are JUDGES Likely to APPLY When A REQUEST FOR CHILD TESTIMONY Is Made?

Q. I have heard that children will be able to decide which parent they want to live with in 2011, is this true? A. No. However, at certain ages their input may become more important to courts in ...
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