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Monthly Archives: May 2012

How CA Courts Determine the Child Support You Pay

Courts may consider a multitude of factors when making child support determinations. And the court usually has final discretion to ultimately set an amount for child support payments. But for most cases, the starting point for the court’s decision process is California’s statutory uniform child support guidelines. These guidelines appear in Section 4055 of the […]

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How AB 1050 May Affect Child Custody and Visitation

Assembly Bill 1050 was signed by the governor on August 27, 2010 and became law on January 1, 2012. This new law changes the way a court must consider the preference of a sufficiently mature child during proceedings regarding the establishment or modification of a custody or visitation order. California family courts have formerly been […]

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How the “Elkins Legislation” Made Divorce More Expensive

The “Elkins Legislation” refers to a pair of bills, AB 1050 and AB 939 which became law on January 1, 2012. These laws change the role of evidence in divorce actions, increasing reliance on live oral testimony and moving away from written testimony. This could increase costs by requiring more court hearings during a divorce […]

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Methods of Valuing the Business of a Divorcing Couple

Valuation of assets is often a contentious issue during divorce proceedings. The parties may offer competing experts, each with an appraisal that is beneficial to the spouse offering it. This common problem becomes even more complex when a closely held business is involved. While valuing a person or real property can be complex in its […]

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