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Tag Archives: divorce

Husband is responsible for Wife’s Failure to Pay her Computer Bill

By Andy Cook |

Is your separate property responsible for your spouse’s debts? That was a question answered yesterday by the California Court of Appeal involving two attorneys who ended up getting divorced. The wife was an immigration attorney who leased computer equipment. She defaulted on her payment and the computer company got a judgment against her of… Read More »

Court Considers Woman’s Naughty Behavior in Denying Spousal Support

By Andy Cook |

As California family law lawyers, we’re trained to tell our clients that California is a no-fault state. And that’s true. You can get a divorce for just about any reason, provided either you or your spouse has lived in California for at least six months and the county of filing for at least three… Read More »

How is Child Support Calculated in California?

By Andy Cook |

If you’re considering a separation or divorce in California, you may be wondering what your monthly expenses and budget will look like after you separate your life and finances from that of your spouse. If you have agreed with your spouse that you will not be the parent with primary custody of your children,… Read More »

Change in Title Not Enough to Change Separate Property to California Community Property

By Andy Cook |

A recent California Court of Appeals case from the Second District has clarified when separate property becomes community property, and when the community can expect to receive a portion of that property. In the case titled In re Marriage of Lafkas, John Lafkas had been a founding member of a partnership that held several… Read More »

California Mom Loses Custody of Daughter in Divorce Court

By Andy Cook |

How does a mother in southern California with primary physical custody of the parties’ eight year old daughter lose that custody?  By behaving badly. At least that was the conclusion of a Riverside County judge who entered an order in August, 2013 awarding custody to the girl’s father, who resides in Idaho.  And today,… Read More »

California Divorce Judge Reversed for letting Children Move Before Hearing

By Andy Cook |

One of the toughest decisions for a family law judge to make, here in California and probably anywhere else in the country, is whether to allow one parent to relocate with the minor children to a place significantly far away from the other parent. A California judge faced this situation recently in the case… Read More »

Winter Break, Holidays Test Child Custody and Parenting Arrangements

By Andy Cook |

When couples with children divorce, the issue of child custody is often the most important matter to resolve. Courts recognize the importance to children of having both parents play a significant role in their lives, and absent some compelling reason such as child abuse or abandonment, the courts usually favor some form of joint… Read More »

Can a California divorce be Stopped?

By Andy Cook |

If one spouse files for divorce or legal separation in California, may the other spouse stop the process by arguing the filing party doesn’t know what he is doing? That was more or less the situation in a recent case decided by the California Court of Appeal entitled Marriage of Greenway.  In Greenway, the parties… Read More »

San Diego Divorce Law

Can you or your spouse be punished for changing attorneys?

By Andy Cook |

California, like just about every other place I have heard about, allows parties to change attorneys for any reason, even no reason. However, a recent decision of the California Court of Appeal, in which a husband was sanctioned (fined) $400,000.00, raises the point that if changing attorneys numerous times causes a delay in the… Read More »

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