Home Alone — Not a Good Idea

Earlier this month, I wrote about how Family Code section 3064 makes it difficult for courts to address concerns about holiday visitation because the section at issue deals with needing an emergency to make an ex parte order for custody or visitation, and holidays are not emergencies — though understandably important to both parents and…

Words Matter; Wife Loses Family Law Appeal

What does a “bonus” mean? The answer to that question ended up costing a woman nearly $500,000.00 in spousal support. This issue arises from the case of Marriage of Minkin (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 939, a case decided by Division Three of the California Court of Appeal’s Fourth Appellate District. In 2004, Wife (“Patricia”) and Husband…

No Vocational Exam Allowed

In a published decision, the California Court of Appeal has reversed a trial judge for ordering a vocational exam when there was no motion or RFO for support pending. Apparently, the court found that there was a lack of “good cause” pursuant to the code provision that allows for vocational exams. The case is IRMO…