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 …

Custody Software Can Help Parents; Try Custody X Change

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An attorney representing a parent in a child custody case wants the parent to be happy with the negotiated custody arrangements. However, the parent must do everything they can to help the attorney understand the needs of the children and the needs of the family. As parents work with attorneys, there are some things they can do to help the …

Family Law and Federalism

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Courtney G. Joslin law professor at UC Davis has published an article on Federalism and Family Status.  Here is the abstract: The myth of family law’s inherent localism is sticky. In the past, it was common to hear sweeping claims about the exclusively local nature of all family matters. In response to persuasive critiques, a narrower iteration of family law localism emerged. …

Divorced Parents Wanted For Upcoming Reality TV Show

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I just got contacted by a friend down Hollywood way.  From the Producers who brought you transformational shows such as The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss, Eyeworks USA announced that casting has begun for their new series on NBC.  This new competition show will bring divorced couples together to compete in both physical and mental challenges for a chance …

A Simple Explanation of the UCCJEA

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The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act is a body of laws that help us to determine which court in which state is the appropriate one to make decisions regarding child custody and visitation.  In one version or another the UCCJEA has been adopted by all 50 states.  UCCJEA cases can be challenging for lawyers, and even more so for …

John Harding Speaking At State Bar Annual Meeting

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Harding & Associates Family Law principal John Harding will be presenting at the 2014 California State Bar Association Annual Meeting.  Scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 2014  My Smoke, Your Mirrors: Accounting Games People Play in Family Law Matters will address forensic accounting “cash flow available for support” reports, and whether they are an appropriate indicator of “net disposable income?” This …