Case Law Update: Transmutations (Converting Separate Property To Community Property)

By Marcus Morales on Jan 25, 2019 in Property Division

A new case decided by the California Court of Appeals interprets the requirements for a transmutation to convert separate property to community property.


Undisclosed Divorce Assets

By Marcus Morales on Jan 24, 2019

What happens if a spouse fails to disclose an asset in a divorce case?


Reimbursement For Child Or Spousal Support From A Different Relationship

By Marcus Morales on Jan 16, 2019 in Property Division

Payment of child or spousal support from a different relationship during marriage may lead to one spouse reimbursing the other for said payments.


Can Child Support Received By One Spouse Reduce Spousal Support Payments?

By Marcus Morales on Jan 15, 2019 in Spousal Support

The amount that one spouse receives in child support from another relationship may reduce the other spouse's obligation to pay spousal support based on the lowering of need to pay basic living expenses.


What Happens To Our Dog In Divorce?

By Marcus Morales on Dec 29, 2018 in Divorce

California law regarding which spouse receives the family dog upon divorce recently changed. Courts now have the power to order sole or joint custody for dogs and other household pets based on essentially what is in the pet’s best interests.


Directory of custody evaluators in Santa Barbara

By Marcus Morales on Dec 02, 2018 in Child Custody

A directory of child custody evaluators in Santa Barbara is provided in this article.


Is free or reduced Rent included in Child and Spousal Support Orders?

By Marcus Morales on Aug 21, 2018 in Child Support

Free or reduced rent is only income for support purposes when it is a benefit of employment.


Santa Barbara Paternity Testing- From a Santa Barbara Child Custody Law Perspective

By Marcus Morales on Jul 31, 2018 in Child Custody

If you do not believe a person is the biological father, you must request a paternity test as quickly as possible. We, as Santa Barbara Child Custody Lawyers, recommend you did it immediately, but definitely not later than two years after (1) signing the voluntary declaration of paternity (might be at hospital after the baby was born; or (2) two years after the father knew or should have known about a paternity issue.


Santa Barbara Child Custody Law- PEACE Class Requirement in Santa Barbara

By Marcus Morales on Jul 30, 2018 in Child Custody

In a Santa Barbara Child Custody case, unless there is an emergency or good cause, you must attend the PEACE class and mediation prior to the judge making a custody order in your case.


Santa Barbara Divorce Law- Marital Standard of Living and Spousal Support

By Marcus Morales on Jul 27, 2018 in Spousal Support

The marital standard of living established during the marriage is one factor the court will consider in determining spousal support in Santa Barbara Divorce cases, but it is far from the only factor the court will consider.


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