Calif. Court: Facebook Posts Do Not Outweigh Genetic Testing in Paternity Cases

On November 1, 2019, the California Second District Court of Appeal issued a published decision in County of Los Angeles v. Christopher W. This case involved an unusual paternity dispute. A trial court held one man was a child’s legal father. The Court of Appeal disagreed. It found another man, identified by the mother as […]

Fergie Files for Divorce from Josh Duhamel

Almost two full years after the couple separated, the “Big Girls Don’t Cry” singer Fergie files for divorce from Josh Duhamel the Transformers actor. In September 2017, the couple announced they were ending their eight-year marriage. During these last two years, the couple has repeatedly stated that they get along well. Both Josh and Fergie […]

Bezos Divorce Finalized After 90 Days

Though the January 2019 news of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos divorce from wife MacKenzie may not have come as a surprise, many are shocked that the entire process was finalized within 90 days. Both ex-spouses revealed in separate Tweets on April 4, 2019 that they had reached an agreement on all matters related to property division, […]

Sacramento Court: You Cannot Amend a Trust with a Post-It Note

Many people decide to make or amend their estate plan after learning they have a terminal illness. Unfortunately, some are unable to complete the process before it is too late.In a recent decision, Pena v. Dey, the California Third District Court of Appeal confronted this situation. A Sacramento man, James Robert Anderson, attempted to amend […]

Sonoma, CA, Mother May Seek Additional Childcare Support to Complete Professional Training

A key goal of child support is to ensure children–and parents–can sustain themselves without the need for public assistance. California law therefore directs judges to award additional child support to enable parents to obtain professional training. This additional support helps the parent who needs training pay for childcare. In a landmark decision, a California appeals […]

Appeals Court Returns Santa Monica Building to Rent Control

Rent control remains a hotly contested issue throughout California. The California legislature is currently considering a new statewide rent control policy. Meanwhile, individual cities and counties continue to struggle with their own rent control inventories. On July 30, a California appeals court sided with Santa Monica in its long-running effort to bring a single building […]

Fergie Files for Divorce from Josh Duhamel

Almost two full years after the couple separated, the “Big Girls Don’t Cry” singer filed for divorce from the Transformers actor. In September 2017, the couple announced they were ending their eight-year marriage. During these last two years, the couple has repeatedly stated that they get along well. Both Josh and Fergie have said that […]

California Senate Considers Reviving Estate Tax

In 2001, the California legislature decided to phase out the state’s estate tax over a four-year period. This means that for California residents who died on or after January 1, 2005, there is no state estate tax. But the California Senate is now reconsidering this position in light of recent changes to the federal estate […]

Bezos Divorce Finalized After 90 Days

Though the January 2019 news of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos divorce from wife MacKenzie may not have come as a surprise, many are shocked that the entire process was finalized within 90 days. Both ex-spouses revealed in separate Tweets on April 4, 2019 that they had reached an agreement on all matters related to property division, […]

Court Upholds Traditional Japanese Adoption Laws in Estates of Sisters

Northern California is home to thousands of Japanese-Americans, many of whom retain strong familial ties to Japan. This can pose some unique challenges when it comes to family law. As Japanese legal and cultural traditions often diverge significantly from American and western practices. Indeed, a recent decision by a California appeals court highlights the potential […]