Celebrity Divorce News

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It has been some time since we brought you a post under our most popular topic: Celebrity Divorce. There has been so much family law action in Hollywood lately that we just could not wait any longer. Patrick (“McDreamie”) Dempsey, James Caan, and Guns & Roses guitarist Slash have all lawyered up in the last week. Last month comedien Chris …

Divorce Disclosures Are Serious Stuff

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As part of every California divorce each spouse is compelled to complete and exchange declarations of disclosure that list all property and debt. Some lawyers take shortcuts when preparing the disclosures for their clients.  We don’t at Harding & Associates Family Law! Our clients spend a lot of time with us making sure that there disclosures are done 110%.  Here …

Be Wary Ye Paternity Payor Who Returns To The Family

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When a published opinion starts with “family law is not getting any easier” in the first paragraph and “the question is of first impression in California”in the second paragraph you know something big is about to follow. . .  Well, so starts the opinion in Helgestad v. Vargas. Allyson and George never get married. They did live together and have …

Interpreting Court Orders

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An unpublished opinion out of San Diego County gives an intriguing analysis of interpreting the language in family law court orders that could be considered ambiguous. Denny and Catherine got divorced in 2009. The court ordered Denny to pay child support and spousal support.  With respect to spousal support the court order stated:  “This order shall not be a final …

Dem Cats

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If you come by to visit us at our Pleasanton office you are going to see a lot of cats around the property. Well, not a lot, but four or five. Turns out we have become home base for a colony of feral cats. The pictures you see are of some of our clan. Of course, there is a back …

Getting A Mortgage After Divorce

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The family residence is often the most valuable asset in divorce.  Valuable economically, and valuable emotionally. It is quite common for one spouse to want to keep the house despite the divorce.  The follow-up is that the ex-spouse keeping the house will usually have to write a check to the other ex-spouse.  Therein lies the rub, because that big chink …

Online Child Support Calculator

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Walk into most California family law courtrooms, or into the office of many California family law lawyers, and you will be introduced to a software program called Dissomaster.  This very expensive computer software, $500 plus per year, is what the lawyers and judges use to calculate mandatory child support in California.  Other products include XSpouse and SupportTax.  They are complicated, …

Supreme Court Punts Again On Same-Sex Marriage

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court let stand appeals court rulings from five states that allow same-sex marriage.  It may seem odd to some folks not familiar with the workings of the court, but what it has done is made a decision by staying quiet.  By letting stand the decisions from those five states, the Court’s decision to not act clears the way …