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Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, LLP
Menlo Park
San Ramon

March 2020 Archives

States matter in the geography of divorce

If you're thinking about entering a state of matrimony, you probably don't care what state you're in. Other than a few details, like jurisdictions that allow people to self-affirm their wedding, states have similar approaches to marriage. This is why federal law allows states to recognize marriages officiated in any other state in the United States.

Shield your child from conflict to prevent long-term trauma

You and your spouse don't get along, and you're divorcing. The problem is that your custody case is becoming more conflicted and complex every day. Your spouse is fighting to keep your children from you, and you're fighting back. You're both building up animosity against one another, and it's a very frustrating situation to deal with.

The Presumption of Undue Influence in Interspousal Transactions

Pursuant to California Family Code section 721 spouses have fiduciary duties when entering a transaction with each other. This includes "a duty of the highest good faith and fair dealing," and neither spouse "shall take any unfair advantage of the other." When one spouse gains an advantage over the other in an interspousal transaction, a presumption of undue influence arises. It is up to the advantaged spouse to show the court that the other spouse was not unduly influenced in the transaction.

AAML Collaborative Divorce Seminar

Collaborative divorce works because the professionals involved have experience and training specific to the practice. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Collaborative Law Committee will be hosting a seminar on June 12-14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. This three-day event will be comprehensive training to cover the fundamentals and the joy of rediscovering the foundations and principles of Collaborative Practice. The seminar is limited to 50 participants, and it is open to attorneys, financial professionals and mental health professionals.

Dividing property? Know the rules and protect your share

When you have property to divide during a divorce, it can be difficult to choose how you want to split it. As you may have realized by now, California law does require that you split your property 50-50, unless you and your spouse can agree to different terms.