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Have you heard the truth about the new spousal support tax rules?

Posted on November 20, 2018 in Taxes

Effective January 1, 2019, Section 11051 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repeals the tax code section that formerly allowed the payor of spousal support to deduct the same amount (dollar for dollar) from their income when reporting taxable income. The deductibility of spousal support has historically been a significant tax benefit to payors,… read more

Prenups and Private Judging

Posted on October 19, 2018 in Prenuptial Agreement

This TMZ story reports that celebrities Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have signed divorce documents. (Source: https://www.tmz.com/) There are two aspects to this celebrity divorce article that might not stick out to a casual reader, but that deserves a little more attention and discussion. First, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris had a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial… read more

Dog Law

Posted on October 9, 2018 in Firm News

Over the years, many of my divorce clients are eager to ask me the question: What is going to happen to our dog (or cat, or other pets)? This situation arises when a couple adopts or purchases a dog during the marriage, and then they divorce. Since the dog is community property, it is subject… read more

The Income and Expense Declaration – Why is this a big deal?

Posted on September 4, 2018 in Family Law

Whenever the Court makes any type of order, regardless of the type of case, the Court must rely on admissible evidence. In Family Law cases, especially when dealing with child or spousal support, this evidence is often contained in the Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150.) The Income and Expense Declaration is a mandatory form, which… read more

What is the difference between temporary spousal support and permanent spousal support?

Posted on August 22, 2018 in Child Support,Family Law

Throughout a Family Law case, the Court may make several orders over various matters. One of these matters is spousal support, and there can be a significant difference between initial “temporary” spousal support orders, and permanent spousal support orders. This article will generally discuss how the Court should analyze either request. Temporary spousal support is… read more

My future-ex is filing bankruptcy! What does this mean for our divorce?

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Divorce

On occasion, one party of the other may file bankruptcy while their dissolution is underway. This can cause some confusion. What happens when one spouse files a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Federal Court while your dissolution case is moving forward in the California Court? 2 Different Courts Bankruptcy proceedings are controlled by federal law, specifically,… read more

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood – An Example of Family Code § 2030 Attorney Fee Analysis

Posted on March 6, 2018 in Attorney Fees,Divorce

In divorce cases, a frequently and hotly contested issue is whether one party should pay the other’s attorney’s fees (and how much). There are many specific California code sections that speak to how a judge should decide this issue, but one of the most often used code sections is Family Code Section 2030. (Fam. Code,… read more

What is “Non-Physical” Domestic Violence?

Posted on February 28, 2018 in Domestic Violence

If one were to ask 100 Americans, “What is domestic violence?” one would receive a variety of answers. The most common answers would be obvious, like hitting, punching, and kicking. Some answers would include sexual assault, other answers might even include emotional abuse. However, acts which the law defines as abuse is much, much longer…. read more

WHAT IS DISCOVERY? THE PROCESS OF FACT-FINDING, AND WHY IT IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR CASE

Posted on October 9, 2017 in Discovery

What is discovery? Discovery is the stage in a case where evidence is gathered and examined in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses in one’s case, and also the strengths and weaknesses in the other party’s case. There are many tools at an attorney’s disposal when searching for facts and evidence. Below are a… read more

UNDERSTANDING CHILD CUSTODY: FOCUS ON THE CHILD

Posted on October 4, 2017 in Child Custody

I was in the grocery store the other day, glancing at the tabloid headlines as I stood in line to check out, when my eyes fixated on one particular headline. It was regarding a celebrity couple divorce, the names escape me. The headline read, “Divorce gets ugly! Who will get the kids.” This headline sparked… read more