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 …

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 …

Major Decision on Date of Separation

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Until this week couples going through divorce could be considered separated even though they continued to live in the same home together.  No More… The California Supreme Court has issued its long awaited decision in the case of In re the Marriage of Davis. Bringing clarity to the often confusing question of when a couple is separated for divorce. Even …

Supreme Court Says Everyone Can Marry

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The issue of same sex marriage is now resolved in the United States. Marriage is marriage. Not traditional marriage, not man-woman marriage, not same sex marriage, not civil unions, etc., etc.   In a 5-4 opinion issued today Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority holds that the 14th Amendment bars states from prohibiting same sex marriage, and compels …

Insurance payments to pay child support arrears?

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From: Monterey County Herald California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would intercept more insurance payments and use them to pay beneficiaries’ overdue child support. About a quarter of insurance companies now voluntarily participate in the program. It collects about $17 million annually from insurance claims, settlements and awards that would otherwise go to individuals who owe child support. The …