2015 AAML Symposium A Success!

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I had the privilege this past weekend of speaking (along with my buddy Ron Granberg) at the annual symposium put on by the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. For three glorious days over 200 lawyers from throughout the western US had to suffer with all the beauty, great wine, great food, and great weather Napa, California …

Listen to the Supreme Court arguments on the issue of same sex marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court still operates in relative secrecy. There are no cameras. There are no live feeds of the Court’s proceedings. If you want to hear it live, you have to stand in line and get a seat in the courtroom when an oral argument takes place. What the Court does do, is make the audio recordings of the …

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 …