Divorce

The Financial Intersection of Family and Immigration Law Found in Form I-864

More often than not, there is an intersection between family and immigration law. One aspect of the intersection of family and immigration law addresses the financial requirement in immigration proceedings for a petitioner to be liable for the expenses of the applicant. As family law practitioners it is crucial to know how your client can…

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Divorce In Military Families: What Additional Legal Issues Are Involved?

Americans are proud of our military and the soldiers that service these duties. Each year, an increasing number of men and women join the military in hopes of being able to serve and protect this country from domestic and foreign terrorists. The sacrifice that these men and women face while in the military usually mean…

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What the Ashley Madison Website Hack Means for California Divorce

For Ashley Madison users, the idea of a sizzling hot, sticky summer probably sounds like a good thing. However, throw a website hack scandal into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a big sticky mess. In July, it was reported that Ashley Madison, a casual sex and cheating network, had been hacked by a group…

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Transmutation

Under California law, property acquired during marriage is considered community property with some exceptions such a gifts and inheritance. However, transmutation plays an important role in the division of property at divorce. Transmutation is the transfer of property rights between the spouses which results in a change of legal or beneficial ownership of the property…

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Enforcing a Foreign Judgment in France

In France, when a judge has to deal with a foreign judgment, they first must distinguish the area of law. This means they must decide whether the subject in question is a good or a person.  Indeed, in some cases, to enforce a foreign judgment you will need to utilize a procedure called  “exequatur.” This…

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Comparison Between US Law and French Law

Based on my exposure to California’s and France’s family law court system, I have realized there are some differences between domestic and international legal systems. In France, divorce can be pronounced for 4 main reasons. Similar to California, parties can agree on the divorce and all consequences. This is known in France as “divorce with…

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

In high conflict family law matters it is sometimes necessary for an individual to obtain a restraining order when domestic violence has occurred. The Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) [FC §§6200–6409] authorizes a procedure to obtain restraining orders to restrain domestic violence and make other custody, support, and property family law orders. Under DVPA “abuse”…

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Dealing with International Divorce

Since the world has become more of a global village, where citizens now interact more than ever before, international marriage has become quite common convention across the globe. However, because of the disparity of cultures, some family conflicts may be raised during their marriage. Unfortunately, many couples end up divorcing due to these differences. Even…

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How to Serve a Spouse with Divorce Papers in another Country

After you file for divorce, you must properly serve your spouse with a copy of your summons and petition regardless of where they reside. When your spouse lives out of the country there are additional procedures you must follow in order to ensure the service of these documents is proper. The type of service which…

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Your First-Time Meeting with a Military Divorce Attorney

The divorce process is hard, especially when you are not in the legal field and when the emotions are intense.  When your spouse is in the military, do different rules apply?  How do you and your children obtain support while your spouse is away on active duty or in an unknown location?  Those are some…

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