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Redefining the Date of Separation: the “Anti-Davis” Legislation

On July 25, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1255 into effect. This bill redefines the date of marital separation for purposes of the California Family Code as the date that a “complete and final break in the marital relationship has occurred, as evidenced by the spouse’s expressions of his or her intent to end the marriage and conduct … Continued

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Determining Income of the Self-Employed Party

A self-employed party to a family law matter can present a unique set of challenges for a family law attorney when it comes to determining income available for support, as well as other financial issues. Regardless of the particular profession that the self-employed individual may have — gardener, mechanic, lawyer or movie producer — if that person is not keeping … Continued

How Long Is This Going Take?

One of the most common questions family law attorneys get from their clients is “How long is this going to take?” Or, “When will this end?” While family law attorneys may not be able to provide a definitive date, or estimate, as to when the case may be over, by assessing various factors in the case, we can provide our … Continued

The Mediated Prenuptial Agreement: A “Love Document?”

Many people say a prenuptial agreement is an “anti-love” document; it’s “not romantic.”   This may be true.  Just Google the words “romantic” and “love” and you will find out that neither of these words alone defines a healthy, good or successful marriage.  Now Google what makes a healthy, happy and successful marriage.  You will find that while spouses may … Continued

What’s Yours is Mine and What’s Mine is Yours

Those involved in the divorce process often painstakingly comb through financial documents to map out the source of funds used to purchase property in an effort to develop and prepare the necessary evidence to characterize property as either community or separate property. Thus, the focus tends to be on property that has been acquired during the marriage; i.e. property that … Continued

The Divorce Tightrope: Settlement vs. Trial

An often heard plea from my clients is, “But I am offering a reasonable settlement that is not being accepted; and now we have to prepare for trial?”  My response is, “Yes, because we are on that tightrope where if settlement of each and every detail is not agreed upon, we fall off the tightrope and fall through space with … Continued

Young Divorcées

You’re in your late 20s or early 30s, and you’re hit with a milestone you never wanted to achieve: you’re getting divorced. Whether you made a mistake in marrying your soon-to-be ex-spouse, or realized marriage is just not a right fit for you, you are now embarking on a slight detour in the road you once thought led to “happily … Continued

Social Security Benefits are Not Community Property

“My Social Security retirement is mine; but your pension is ours.”  Essentially, what’s mine is mine; what’s yours is ours.  This is true when it comes to Social Security retirement and a private pension plan upon divorce. Federal Versus State It is a common understanding, as well as a legal presumption in family law, that all property, real or personal, … Continued