Monthly Archives: February 2016

How Long Does a Person Have to Live in Orange County Before Filing a Petition for Divorce?

In re Marriage of Obrecht involves the subject matter jurisdiction of a family law court.  Subject matter jurisdiction allows the court to make rulings over the divorce itself. FACTUAL BACKGROUND LEADING TO THE DISSOLUTION PROCEEDINGS The parties in this case … Continue reading

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Modification of Spousal Support in Orange County.

In re Marriage of Shimkus reiterated the fact that Family Code section 4320 requires the court to make findings as to all of the factors found in that section of the code before it makes an order for spousal support. … Continue reading

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Can Attorney Fees be Awarded in a Grandparent Visitation Case in California?

In family law proceedings, a California court can require one party to pay the other party’s attorney fees. In Stuard v. Stuard, the family court ordered an adult son to pay his parents’ attorney fees when his parents filed a … Continue reading

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Modification of Spousal Support in Orange County When the Supported Spouse has not Become Self-Sufficient

In re Marriage of Sheridan involved a determination of whether it is appropriate to modify spousal support when an ex-wife has not taken steps to become self supporting. FACTUAL BACKGROUND LEADING TO THE MODIFICATION OF SPOUSAL SUPPORT IN ORANGE COUNTY The … Continue reading

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Division of Retirement Accounts Disability Pay in California

The court In re Marriage of Mueller decided whether or not the husband’s military disability pay was his separate property or the community property of both spouses. FACTUAL BACKGROUND LEADING TO THE DISSOLUTION The parties were married for almost 26 … Continue reading

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