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
Reprinted from the Thursday, October 29, 2014 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Cara L. Boroda’s article titled “Annulments can get messy if you sponsored citizenship” explores the grounds of annulment and the crossover issue of immigration sponsorship by a spouse. Download this article (pdf).
If divorcing your spouse is not difficult enough, those who are not legally divorced by December 31 must begin thinking at this time of year about tax planning as “married” individuals. The issue of tax filing becomes an entirely separate negotiation between lawyers and their clients. While individual tax returns are not due until April 15, tis the season now for … Continued
Imagine a divorce which has been ongoing for several years. The experts essentially agree on the numbers for valuing the marital estate; the lawyers essentially agree on the options for resolution. Hours and hours have been spent working to settle the case, yet the case still does not settle. How can this be, given the time and hard work involved?
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
Many people know that a few months ago, my husband and I lost our thirteen year old Dachshund, Bagels. While Bagels had been ill, there were no signs that her condition was worsening, so we were shocked by her sudden death. This loss not only left us sad, but also left our other dog, Bessie, very sad too. As a … Continued
Everybody is talking about the Ray Rice domestic violence act caught on tape. The incident is violent, painful to watch. It is unfortunate that we must bear witness to a violent event to raise the awareness about domestic violence, which is a real problem in our society. Each year our legislatures and courts further develop this area of the law … Continued
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.
This past weekend my husband and I went out to dinner with a friend. We chose a restaurant which I knew to have wonderfully fresh, well prepared culinary delights. While no doubt, the food at a restaurant is important, so are the service and the entire experience of the meal. We have all been to restaurants where the food is … Continued
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