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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

Sole Custody – When Is It Appropriate?

Posted on August 23, 2017 in Child Custody

Recent celebrity news about Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams and his child custody case tells us that his wife is asking for sole custody, saying he is subject to rage and a “revolving door” of women. Read the full story here at TMZ.com. Sole custody is not the preferred parenting arrangement and is applied under… read more

Announcing the winner of the 2017 Scott & Matteson Family Law Scholarship

Posted on August 22, 2017 in Firm News

At the Law Offices of Scott & Matteson Family Law, we created the Family Law Scholarship to financially help those struggling to pay for a higher education. We strongly believe in education and what it can do to further advance someone’s life. Before Scott & Matteson Family Law went to law school, he received his… read more

In Re Marriage of Kumar, I-864 Affidavit of Support, and Spousal Support

Posted on August 18, 2017 in Spousal Support

Immigration is a perennial hot topic in the press, although not as well-known for its impact on Family Court. However, In re Marriage of Kumar states a new rule on an issue of first impression in California: A signature on an I-864 Affidavit of Support creates a contractual right to support a spouse, enforceable by… read more