Update on Alameda County Family Court Reorganization

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Presently the Alameda County Superior Court hears family law cases at two courthouses: the Hayward Hall of Justice in the City of Hayward, California and the George E. McDonald Hall of Justice in the City of Alameda, California. In 2015 the administration of the Alameda County Superior Court issued notice that all family law departments would be consolidated at the …

Can You Name The Two Countries On The Planet Where You Cannot Divorce?

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On this great big planet of ours there are two countries where you cannot get divorced (up to you decide if that is good or bad).  The first might be obvious if you are Catholic:  Vatican City. Yes the Vatican is an autonomous state. And no you cannot get a divorce there.  Not surprising. Not illogical either.  If all you’ve got …

Date of Separation Update

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In July, 2015 the California Supreme Court clarified the law on date of separation for divorce. In IRMO Davis (here is the link to the opinion: Davis S215050) the Court held that to establish a date of separation a divorcing spouse must present facts establishing a complete and final break in the marital relationship, including living separate and apart. Living separate and …

The 5 Stages of Breakup Grief

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  Over at Huffington Post Divorce Bernie Lautrette has written a thoughtful piece on the 5 stages of breakup grief.  They are: Stage 1 – Denial. Wait . . . what?  Stage 2 – Psychosis. Raving lunatic. Stage 3 – Misery. Why me? Stage 4 – Affirmation. Screw this. Stage 5 – Restart. Freak on.  She elaborates on each of …

John Harding Added to Best Lawyers

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John Harding was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the field of Family Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, …

Alameda and Contra Costa Family Court Realignments

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The family law courts in Alameda County and Contra Costa County are going in opposite directions. Alameda County has announced a contraction effective 2016. All family law departments and courtrooms will be consolidated at the Hayward Hall of Justice (no more court rooms in Alameda). Contra Costa County has announced that effective 2016 a family law courtroom will reopen at …

New Alameda County Family Law Judge

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Long time Alameda County Support Commissioner Thomas Nixon was elevated in July by Governor Jerry Brown to Superior Court judge. Nixon, 56, of Dublin, has served as a commissioner at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2002. He was an attorney in private practice from 1998 to 2002, a partner at Quaresma, Benya, Hall, Connich, O’Hara and Nixon from 1989 …

The Initial Consultation With A Divorce Lawyer

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Going through a divorce is awful. The anxiety starts from the moment you realize you are in the process. For many people the next step is to seek out the advice and counsel of a divorce lawyer. Even that process, although designed to help you, can be hugely stressful. The National Law Review has posted a great article from attorney Corrine …

When Does Child Support End?

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California Family Code Section 3901 tells us that under normal circumstances child support is payable until the child turns 18. There is an exception if the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18. If a child is a full-time high school student the obligation to pay child support can continue until the child turns 19 …