Abusive Spouses May Lose Their Right to Receive Spousal Support

Family Code section 4325 permits a judge to deny a spousal support award to an abusive spouse. A recent appellate court case addressing the issue determined that this rule also apples to an abusive spouse who pleads no contest in a criminal case. The case in question In re Marriage of Priem [full text] (3/13/13) […]

Grey Divorce: the New Age of Senior Divorce

With a healthier aging population, older husbands and wives are reevaluating the benefits of remaining in unfulfilling long term relationships. With longer, active lives ,seniors are taking stock of the reality that they may have many more productive years ahead of them justifying the remake of their lives as single or pairing in a new […]

California SB 1476: Can a child have more than two legally recognized parents?

In February 2012, State Sen. Mark Leno (D San Francisco) introduced SB 1476, a bill that would have permitted family court judges to recognize more than two legal parents in order to serve the best interests of the child. The bill was a reaction to a recent decision holding that a child cannot have more […]

A Brief Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in California

The state of California is among many in the United States working to provide legal rights for same-sex couples who wish to marry. In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry, which took effect in June of that same year; in November of 2008, however, Proposition 8 passed […]

Should a Child Have 3 or More Parents?

California’s Legislature Decides According to KQED News Fix: “A bill in the California Legislature would allow one child to have more than two parents.” The rationale behind the bill: to help address expanding definitions of family and parenthood brought on by same-sex marriage and advances in reproductive technologies. The bill, authored by state Sen. Mark […]