Tuesday, June 17, 2014


     June 30, 2014, is the deadline to file and SERVE a Petition for Dissolution if you want to obtain a divorce in 2014.  The reason is that the Petitioner must wait six months after service of the Petition before obtaining a Judgment stating that the parties are no longer married and are returned to the status of single persons.  This means that if you file and serve the papers by June 30, the marital status can end on December 30 or 31.  If you serve the papers on July 1, the marital status does not end until January 1 or later. The marital status is important for many reasons, including the ability to file a joint return and to maintain the spouse on a health insurance plan.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Welcome to the Website

I would like to welcome you to my website.  I have been an attorney since 1985, a California attorney since 1987, and a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1998.  The purpose of my messages is to let you know of developments or changes in Family Law in the State of California or the County of San Diego, in both substantive and procedural law.  I will tell you about some significant new cases, statutes, and rules.  I will also discuss in general terms only certain issues that arise in my practice or that I learn about from the Family Law List-Serve that is circulated only among family law attorneys and their staff.  If you have any questions about the blog, please email me at  Thank you.

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