The Destination Divorce

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I have just read a fascinating article at Quartz (qz.com) regarding the destination divorce. Here is the set up from the article. Before no-fault divorce, getting a divorce was much more burdensome. “In general, before no-fault, you could only sue for divorce if you could prove you had the grounds acceptable in your state—like having a spouse who had committed …

Catholic Divorce

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Every religion has its dogma and practice regarding divorce.  That includes the Catholic Church.  With a billion+ catholics around the world, the effect of Catholic policy has an impact on divorce practice. A recent editorial in the Boston Globe addresses the strict Catholic doctrinaire regarding divorce, and the likelihood of the church’s stance relaxing under current Pope Francis.  For a divorced …

John Harding Speaks at Spain Program

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Harding & Associates Family Law principal John Harding enjoyed the privilege of appearing as a speaker at the European Chapter meeting of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Conducted in Seville, Spain in March, the meeting was attended by approximately 200 lawyers from around the world.  Mr. Harding spoke on the topic of international pre/post nuptials and marriage contracts. The …

The Vexatious Litigant

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If you have a compulsion to go to court for no apparent reason it can get you into hot water.  Section 391 of California’s Code of Civil Procedure says a vexatious litigant is “a person who has, while acting [as his or her own attorney], initiated or prosecuted numerous meritless litigations, relitigated or attempted to relitigate matters previously determined against …

Celebrity Divorce News

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It has been some time since we brought you a post under our most popular topic: Celebrity Divorce. There has been so much family law action in Hollywood lately that we just could not wait any longer. Patrick (“McDreamie”) Dempsey, James Caan, and Guns & Roses guitarist Slash have all lawyered up in the last week. Last month comedien Chris …

Divorce Disclosures Are Serious Stuff

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As part of every California divorce each spouse is compelled to complete and exchange declarations of disclosure that list all property and debt. Some lawyers take shortcuts when preparing the disclosures for their clients.  We don’t at Harding & Associates Family Law! Our clients spend a lot of time with us making sure that there disclosures are done 110%.  Here …

Be Wary Ye Paternity Payor Who Returns To The Family

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When a published opinion starts with “family law is not getting any easier” in the first paragraph and “the question is of first impression in California”in the second paragraph you know something big is about to follow. . .  Well, so starts the opinion in Helgestad v. Vargas. Allyson and George never get married. They did live together and have …

Interpreting Court Orders

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An unpublished opinion out of San Diego County gives an intriguing analysis of interpreting the language in family law court orders that could be considered ambiguous. Denny and Catherine got divorced in 2009. The court ordered Denny to pay child support and spousal support.  With respect to spousal support the court order stated:  “This order shall not be a final …