New Law on Date of Separation

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In the Summer of 2015 the California Supreme Court released its opinion in the Marriage of Davis case. In that case the Court took the traditional test for date of separation, i.e., state of mind that the marriage was irretrievably broken (subjective intent) combined with behavior consistent with that state of mind (objective evidence of intent) and added a new …

John Harding selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the field of Family Law.

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Harding & Associates Family Law proudly announces that John Harding has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 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 83,000 …

New Opinion on Domestic Violence

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A significant opinion has been published by California’s First Appellate District Court of Appeal expanding the judicial interpretation of California domestic violence statutes.  As taken from the opinion: In February 2010, Perez filed a request for a DVRO against Torres-Hernandez to stay away from her and their two children, eight and two-year-old daughters, as well as Perez’s ten-year-old son from …

Calling on London

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As a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers I enjoy the privilege of associating with the finest family law lawyers from around the world. From those associations genuine friendships have evolved. Case in point: last week I traveled to London (truly one of the world’s greatest cities). While there my friend Simon Bruce and his colleagues at Farrer …

The Dreaded Custodial Exchange

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Ever wonder what the experience is like for a child of divorce when she is handed off from one parent to another? Rachelle Bergstein wants to tell you. My parents broke up when I was 5 years old, which means memories of life before shared custody are available to me, but limited. They set the terms of their divorce under …

Alameda County Reorganizes Family Law Courts

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The long awaited consolidation of the family law departments in the Alameda County Superior Court appears to be complete. All of the family law departments that had previously been conducting business at the George E. McDonald Hall of Justice in the City of Alameda have been moved to, and consolidated with the family law departments at, the Hayward Hall of …

No Fault Divorce

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California pioneered the concept of no fault divorce, a system that since been adopted in some form by most of the U.S. States. But what is no fault? The Huffington Post has an informative article on the topic. Please click here to learn more.

Prolonging Divorce Hurts Kids

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Is it reasonable to delay Divorce for the sake of the children? According to a thoughtful article at The Huffington Post the answer is no. “How Prolonged Divorce Plans Affect Children” ow.ly/100eDq Edited with BlogPad Pro

AAML Mid-year Meeting Report

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By John Harding  I am just back from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Mid-Year Meeting. Held at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, the conference featured three days of outstanding continuing legal education from a panel of nationally renowned lawyers, law professors, and accountants. Topics included hidden assets, asset protection trusts, and business valuation. As with all AAML national …

A Website That Helps With Child Support Payments and Records

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  Supportpay.com is a pretty nifty web portal that assists parents with their child support obligations. As the folks at Supportpay.com explain it, child support is not just a single monthly payment but also a broad collection of shared expenses. Parents must continually manage, communicate and negotiate over child related expenses. The entire process is complex, time consuming and very …