How Child Support Is Paid

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From our Harding & Associates eNewsletter: There are several ways child support can be paid, and each method has advantages and disadvantages. One parent can directly pay the other by cash, check, or money order. This person-to-person method is simple and does not require waiting for any processing time by the state. The receiving parent must keep records and track …

Paying Rent For Use Of Community Property

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If a couple owns a home, and starts a divorce, it is not uncommon for one of the spouses to stay in the house, and for the other to move out.  Follow up questions then come in to play.  Who pays for the house.  What payments are included, i.e., mortgage, property taxes, utilities, etc? Watts (In re Marriage of Watts …

Family Law Symposium

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The Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers will be hosting its 36th annual symposium May 18, 19, and 20, 2012. Taking place at the fantastic Silverado resort in Napa, California Modus Operandi – Emerging trends in Family law theory, practice, and procedure will offer up to 13.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. The symposium is …

John Harding Appointed To AAML Nor Cal Board

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Harding & Associates Family Law principal John Harding has been appointed to the Board of Managers for the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The 1500 AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. Only 60 Northern …

How You Can Earn Yourself A Restraining Order

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Doug was a businessman, investor, and author of 11 books.  He did not have a criminal history of violence, and had never had a restraining order imposed on him.  He and Yuko for a while.  They broke up.  There the stories change.  According to Doug he dumped Yuko, and then moved on.  He got a new girlfriend, and never looked …

Holiday Survival Guide For Divorced Parents

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Looking for some tips to help you and your two household family get through the holiday? Cheer up! There is help out there. At CNN.com Katia Hetter comes to the rescue. Whether you have the children for Christmas or not this year, going through a separation or divorce means giving up the dream of a perfect Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa. …

I’m Keeping The Engagement Ring!

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And when those stones are mounted in precious metal and handed off in the form of an engagement ring, their value goes beyond dollar signs.  Alas, when a divorce rolls around the men also take a shine to the shiny baubles! With values in the thousands of dollars, the symbol of romance and commitment …

Paying Rent For Use Of The Family Residence

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Watts (Marriage of Watts (1985) 171 Cal.App.3d 366) is a hallmark family law case it California. It stands for the idea that the community may have a reimbursement claim for the value of one spouse’s exclusive use of community property between the date of separation and the date on which the community no longer has an interest in the property. …