Southern California Family Law Blog

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, reality television celebrities best known for appearing on the MTV reality television show The Hills, are now legally separated after Montag went to court on Tuesday to formally file legal separation papers. Under California law, Montag will no longer have to share future earnings with her husband.

The pair came to prominence appearing on The Hills in 2006. They announced their engagement in 2007 and married twice, once in Mexico in 2008 in a 15 minute ceremony and a second time in 2009 in a lavish event in front of friends and family in Los Angeles. All of the couple’s milestones were documented on The Hills. The pair has worked together on Montag’s music career, a fashion line, books, promotional appearances, and a stint on the NBC reality show competition I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

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Former Survivor Producer Seeks Custody Following Wife’s Murder – California Family Code Section 3020-3032, and 3080-3089

It was recently reported by ABC News that Bruce Beresford-Redman left Mexico without the Mexican authorities’ knowledge or consent. While Bruce and his wife, Monica, were on vacation in Cancun, his wife was murdered. He has yet to be charged with any crimes, but Mexican authorities have named Bruce as a person of interest in his wife’s death. There is also a s… Continue Reading.......

Court Rejects Child Support Deal for Dr. Conrad Murray – California Family Code Section 4050-4076

The Associated Press recently reported that Dr. Conrad Murray, a doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson, lost his bid to resolve a child support issue threatening his Nevada medical license. Murray requested relief from paying about $16,000 in back child support payments to the mother of his 12 year old son. Murray could face suspension of his medic… Continue Reading.......

Restraining Orders Require Abusive Conduct – California Family Code § 6300

A California Court of Appeals recently held that a restraining order cannot be issued under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act unless there was abusive conduct that placed victim in reasonable apprehension of injury. In S.M. v. E.P. No., D055230, proof of badgering without physical violence is not enough for the court to issue a restraining order. With… Continue Reading.......

Facebook: Divorce Attorney’s New Ally – California Family Code § 2310

Facebook is the latest tool used by divorce attorneys to aid their client. Because California operates under the no-fault rule, information gathered through Facebook would not be used to show that one spouse has violated their marital contract; but rather, the information would primarily be used to discredit the other spouse’s testimony. Since 1969, Ca… Continue Reading.......

Is Unknown Credit Card Debt Included As Community Debt?

Once a couple marries, the parties are considered one party for purposes of debt. If one party assumes debt that the other party is unaware of, it is still considered community debt. Since it is community debt, both parties are responsible for such debt at the time of divorce. Even if the credit card debt is in one party’s name alone, if the debt was acquired duri… Continue Reading.......

Is A Professional Education Earned During Marriage Considered Community Property?

All property acquired during marriage and before separation, with some exceptions, is presumptively community property. A professional education obtained during marriage, even if it is paid with community funds, is not community property, and is therefore not valuable at the division of assets. One spouse does not acquire an interest in the other spou… Continue Reading.......

Al and Tipper Gore Separate, Divorce Likely – California Family Code Section 2310-2313, 3020-3032

MSNBC recently reported that former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper Gore, separated after 40 years of marriage. The Gores grew apart during Al Gore’s time spent on the road in his worldwide campaign to draw attention to climate change, which in 2007 led to a Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar for the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” I… Continue Reading.......