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Husband must Be Sanctioned for His Behavior


Husband must Be Sanctioned for His Behavior
A California Appellate Court has ruled that Trial Court was wrong in refusing to review the billing records of Mother’s attorney, to conduct a needs-based analysis, or to consider..
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Mom Gets Custody Despite Her Unclean Hands


Mom Gets Custody Despite Her Unclean Hands
A Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that unclean-hands doctrine does not apply in Hague Convention cases. In the case of Karpenko v. Leendertz, Mother and Father’s child..
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Federal Court Finds Proposition 8 Unconstitutional


Federal Court Finds Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
A U.S. District Court has ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses and enjoins its enforcement. In an eagerly awaited opinion in..
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Judge Didnít Have to Divulge His Discipline Record


Judge Didnít Have to Divulge His Discipline Record
In the case of Haworth v. Superior Court (Ossakow), California Supreme Court has ruled that a former judge, serving as a neutral arbitrator in a case involving an allegedly-botched..
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Documents Cannot be Sealed in Famous Divorce Case


Documents Cannot be Sealed in Famous Divorce Case
A California Appellate Court has ruled that Trial Court did not make a mistake in modifying a prior judges’ sealing orders and unsealing some documents in a high-profile divorce..
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Bigamist Husband Not Entitled to Legal Protection


Bigamist Husband Not Entitled to Legal Protection
A California Appellate Court has ruled that a litigant who seeks putative spouse status must show an objective good faith belief in validity of his or her marriage and..
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Process Server Lies about Serving Father


Process Server Lies about Serving Father
A California Appellate Court has ruled that Father’s motion to set aside a 1998 default child support judgment should have been granted by Trial Court because Trial Court never..
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Father must Pay Child Support to Stepfather


Father must Pay Child Support to Stepfather
A California Appellate Court has affirmed a Trial Court which had denied Father’s motion to reduce to zero the child support that he paid to his child’s stepfather. According..
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Mom Is Order to Not Interfere with Dadís Custody


Mom Is Order to Not Interfere with Dadís Custody
A California Appellate Court has ruled that a Trial Court order restraining Mother from interfering with Father’s custodial time is not vague or ambiguous and does not interfere with..
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Dad Obsessed with Mom Has His Rights Terminated


Dad Obsessed with Mom Has His Rights Terminated
A California Appellate Court has ruled that the Trial Court did not make a mistake in terminating Father’s parental rights in a step-parent adoption proceeding because there was sufficient..
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Mom Who Hides Kids Gets to Claim Them on Her Taxes


Mom Who Hides Kids Gets to Claim Them on Her Taxes
The United States Tax Court has ruled that Father whose ex-wife disappeared with their two children in 1999, cannot claim dependency exemptions that he was entitled to under the..
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Wife Not Liable for Husbandís Post-separation Debt


Wife Not Liable for Husbandís Post-separation Debt
A California Appellate Court has ruled that Trial Court erred by entering a judgment against Wife for hospital and medical expenses incurred by Husband during separation that were not..
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The Elkins Task Force Report Is Accepted


The Elkins Task Force Report Is Accepted
California Judicial Council has accepted the Elkins task force report containing 117 recommendations for ensuring that family law litigants are dealt with fairly, efficiently, and with due process. This..
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Child Objects to Being Returned to Chile


Child Objects to Being Returned to Chile
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that Trial Court did not err by basing its denial of Mother’s Hague Convention petition on an eight year-old child’s objections to..
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Parents Canít Be Forced to Move to Another Country


Parents Canít Be Forced to Move to Another Country
A Federal Court has ruled that a divorce provision requiring a parent to move with the parties’ children to Israel if the other parent moved there cannot be enforced..
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Canít Impute Income to Parent on Welfare


Canít Impute Income to Parent on Welfare
A California Appellate Court has ruled that Trial Court did not err by failing to impute income to Mother who was participating in CalWORKs program when it ordered child..
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I.R.S. Form 8332 Needed to Claim Child on Taxes


I.R.S. Form 8332 Needed to Claim Child on Taxes
A Tax Court has ruled that non-custodial Father is not entitled to claim dependency exemption because custodial parent Mother failed to complete I.R.S. Form 8332 releasing the exemption and..
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