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New Laws That Will Affect Family Law Litigants


New Laws That Will Affect Family Law Litigants
AB 2792 (Stats 2018, Ch. 83) Termination of parent-child relationship: Under existing California Family Code Section 7823, a child may be declared free from the custody and control of..
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Father Should Have Been Charged with More Income & Should Have Paid Attorney's Fees


Father Should Have Been Charged with More Income & Should Have Paid Attorney's Fees
In a partial reversal, a California Court of Appeals has ruled that Trial Court was wrong when it failed to include Father’s income tax refunds and voluntary 401K contributions..
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Husband's Spousal Support Obligation Should've Been Terminated Since Wife Failed to Show Up to the Hearing


Husband's Spousal Support Obligation Should've Been Terminated Since Wife Failed to Show Up to the Hearing
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that Wife’s Income and Expense Declaration was inadmissible hearsay where Wife was not present to be cross-examined at the hearing on Husband’s..
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Child Support Department Can Enforce Italian Support Order


Child Support Department Can Enforce Italian Support Order
In the case of Cima-Sorci v. Sorci, Father met Mother in Italy, where he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. They married in..
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Marrying Someone from Outside of U.S. May Contractually Obligate You to Support Them


Marrying Someone from Outside of U.S. May Contractually Obligate You to Support Them
A California Appellate Court has ruled that a Trial Court was wrong when it declined to enforce form I-864 (affidavit of support of immigrant..
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Woman Who Had Sex With Minor Is Not Entitled to Spousal Support


Woman Who Had Sex With Minor Is Not Entitled to Spousal Support
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that a trial court properly denied spousal support to Mother who inflicted domestic violence on her children and caused them psychological damage..
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Alimony Contingent on Child Is Not Deductible


Alimony Contingent on Child Is Not Deductible
U.S. Tax Court has determined that Father cannot deduct as alimony the spousal maintenance payments he made to Mother because those payments were to terminate when their youngest child..
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Husband Must Support His Foreign Wife


Husband Must Support His Foreign Wife
In the case of Liu v. Mund, an American man married a much younger Chinese woman in China. When they decided to move to the U.S. two years..
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Husband Liable to First Wife Even after Death


Husband Liable to First Wife Even after Death
A California Court of Appeal has ruled decedent’s second wife is personally liable to his first wife for continuing spousal support payments up to the fair market value of..
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Spousal Support Waiver in Prenuptial Is Valid


Spousal Support Waiver in Prenuptial Is Valid
A California Appellate Court has ruled that a Trial Court was wrong in applying California Family Code Section 1612(c), retroactively to invalidate a spousal support waiver in a prenuptial..
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