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There Are No Secrets in Divorce: the Duty to Disclose

The decision to end a marriage can be one that is both deeply personal and highly complex. However, deciding to commence the divorce as a formal legal proceeding, also known as a dissolution of marriage proceeding, is often a process full of unknown steps and sometimes, unexpected surprises for many people. One of the biggest surprises is the duty to … Continued

Van Oorschot Law Group Top 14 for 2014

2014 is now over and we are about to look forward to new and interesting issues in family law, but before that happens, I thought it would be interesting to look back for a brief moment. Looking back on 2014, I’ve pulled a list of the top 14 most-read articles from Van Oorschot Law Group’s “Blawg.” It’s interesting to see … Continued

’Tis the Season to be Prepared – for Divorce

Holidays are tough in the best of circumstances, with lots of expectations and family pressures.  Now, imagine if one or both spouses are unhappy in their marriage.  Holiday pressures are amplified and can lead to a self-examination of the marriage and thoughts about planning for a divorce in the new year.  If you are considering such a new year’s resolution, … Continued

Choosing Between an Annulment or Divorce Proceeding

Choosing to terminate a marriage through an annulment, (called a nullity proceeding in legal terminology), or through divorce (more formally, a dissolution proceeding), depends on an array of factors that must be carefully weighed and considered by either party seeking the marriage termination. Many people believe that an annulment is a fast-track method to end a marriage, especially when the … Continued

So, You Want to Litigate….

Litigating is intellectually stimulating for many lawyers; it is competition at its best. We love to strategize a case; prepare witnesses; present novel arguments to the court; and we love the cross examination of witnesses.  It is what we were trained to do. Parties often want to litigate because they want their day in court and want to “prove” the … Continued

When the Wealthy Divorce: Confidentiality

Certainly not every high profile celebrity-type divorce is handled in a confidential manner, as evidenced by the public divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt.  However, by and large, high profile divorces are handled quickly and quietly, the best recent example probably being the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

What NOT to Do in Court

I just left the Ventura County Courthouse where I sat and listened to people plead their case to the family law judge. Some made a pitch about why their child support should be reduced, using arguments not supported by any legal or factual basis.  Others had reasons why the judge should excuse their non-appearance at a prior court date, which … Continued

You’re divorced. Now what?

In the divorce process, love is indeed a battlefield. But, at some point, that battlefield clears, usually when you and your soon-to-be former spouse finally sign on the dotted line, officially announcing yourselves as ex-wife and ex-husband.  But, just because you’ve signed your final divorce agreement, dividing all the property, finalizing the custody arrangements and support payments, you are still … Continued