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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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Timing Basics for Appealing Family Court Judgments and Orders: Part III

An Overview of Basic Appellate Concepts Relating to Divorce and Family Law Cases - Part 3 As discussed in Part 2 of this appeal mini-series, there are two basic types of appeals from divorce court and ...
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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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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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What Are the Important COURT FILING and SERVICE DEADLINES in Divorce and Family Law?

Q. I am an in Pro Per dad getting tripped up by the rules pertaining to service in my divorce proceedings. I seem to get something wrong every time! Can you give us an outline of when to serve what, ...
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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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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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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 Is the TIME LIMIT For Filing a RESPONSIVE or REPLY DECLARATION in Family Law Proceedings?

Q. I want to file reply paperwork in opposition to the Responsive Declaration I received from my ex on a pending motion for child custody. How and when must this be accomplished? Failure to comply ...
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