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Month: March 2016

Contempt: Disobedience of Court Orders May Result in Fines or Jail Time

on March 31, 2016Posted in Alimony,Child Custody,Child Support,Contempt,Enforcement,Family Law,Spousal Support

“Contempt” is defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as “conduct that defies the authority or dignity of a court or legislature.” Courts make orders and people are expected to obey those orders. In some cases people behave badly and fail to obey court orders. When that happens, one is left to seek enforcement of the court’s… read more

Ending Spousal Support: How to Prove that an Ex is Shacking Up

on March 25, 2016Posted in Family Law,Spousal Support

In an earlier entry, we discussed the issue of how an ex-spouse’s cohabitation (“shacking up”) impacts the modification of a spousal support order. But how can you prove it? It’s probably not enough to just file a motion with the court and say that your ex is shacking up. A judge will expect you to… read more

We Spent Community Property Adding Square Footage to My Spouse’s House, Now I Want the Money Back!

on March 9, 2016Posted in Community Property,Family Law,Property Division,Separate Property

When two people divorce, they are faced with the often tedious task of dividing their community property. Often, one of the largest assets to divide will be the residence of the couple. “Not so fast,” says husband. “I bought this house and paid it off before we were married. I own that house.” Wife responds,… read more