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Marital Property Agreement Determined Invalid in McCourt Case

Judge Scott Gordon of the Los Angeles Superior court ruled that the prenuptial agreement at the heart of the McCourt divorce was invalid. For those who haven’t heard the McCourt’s own the Dodgers and are now in a battle over ownership of the team. Jamie McCourt signed a prenuptial agreement which Frank McCourt argues provided…

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California Evidence Code Section 730

California Evidence Code Section §730 (“730 Child Custody Evaluation”): When it appears to the court, at any time before or during the trial of an action, that expert evidence is or may be required by the court or by any party to the action, the court on its own motion or on motion of any…

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2012 Marriage Protection Act

The 2012 Marriage Protection Act was a ballot measure put into place by John Marcotte of California to ban divorce in the state. It is not known if this act would be considered a serious ballot measure or a joke but with a 75% divorce rate in California the ban could never work. If 694,354…

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Marital Settlement Agreement for Judgment prior to Filing for Petition..Family law Lessons to Learn from Charlie Sheen

News broke out that Charlie Sheen filed for divorce on November 1, 2010.  At the time Charlie Sheen filed for divorce the couple had already performed all the work necessary six months prior to filing the petition as the parties  contractually dissolved their assets in a marital settlement agreement.  This normally does not happen; typically…

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Family Law Code Section 3190-3192: Counseling for the Parent and Child

Divorce is a very difficult time and could be traumatic for the children especially if the children are at a young, tender age in their lives.  The child’s world has shifted and they are involved in a custody battle where they are “visiting” with a parent who is no longer in the home where the…

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Changes to Family Law Practice/Elkins Family Law Task Force

Anyone who has spent any time in family law court knows one thing: they are congested with cases, booked for months and judges are overworked.  Right now, the Elkins Family Law Task Force are taking suggestions from advocates and family law litigants to streamline the judicial court system to make practicing family law more efficient…