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 …

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.

Behaviors That Predict Divorce

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Stonewalling, contempt, criticism, and defensiveness.  According to psychologists at the University of Washington and the University of California, these four behavior traits in married couples indicate a strong likelihood of divorce. When the psychologists added questions about things like relationship satisfaction and how many times the research subjects had thoughts about separating to the mix, they could predict which marriages would …

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 …

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 …