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 …

The 5 Stages of Breakup Grief

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  Over at Huffington Post Divorce Bernie Lautrette has written a thoughtful piece on the 5 stages of breakup grief.  They are: Stage 1 – Denial. Wait . . . what?  Stage 2 – Psychosis. Raving lunatic. Stage 3 – Misery. Why me? Stage 4 – Affirmation. Screw this. Stage 5 – Restart. Freak on.  She elaborates on each of …

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 …