Current Events / News Releases

2017

March

Bifurcating Issues

Continued Gifts Considered Income

2016

October

Brad and Angelina Divorce: Brad’s Therapeutic Visits

September

Potential Exception to Mediation Confidentiality

August

Passing of a Spouse Prior to Judgment of Dissolution

Service of Process: The Basics

Paying Support to a Spouse Who Doesn’t Work

May

Mello & Pickering, LLP is pleased to announce that Emily Hepner has joined the firm as a full-time associate attorney

The Latest on Same-Sex Marriage

Imputing Income for Child Support

New Legislation Re: Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

March

Jennifer Garner on Divorce and Remaining Friends with Ben Affleck

January

Domestic Violence Restraining Order: What it Does and How It Impacts Custody

2015

December

IRMO Davis

October

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders

September

Best Interests of the Child: What Truly Matters in Divorce

The Importance of the “Holiday Schedule”

August

Teenagers and Visitation

International Custody Dispute: Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Battle

June

The Age of Social Media and Its Impact on the Restraining Order

Mandatory Settlement Conference

Mediation

Will I Have to Pay my Ex’s Attorney’s Fees and Costs?

April

Move Away

Legal Separation vs. Dissolution of Marriage

March

Joinder of Specific Retirement Plans

Disclosure Requirements in a California Divorce

2014

October

Another “Kardashian” Divorce – Bruce and Kris Jenner File for Divorce

June

Was it Legal to record Donald Sterling’s Rant?

April

Marc Anthony Claims that Increased Child Support Could Cause Problems for his Kids With Ex-Wife, Dayanara Torres, Including Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Olympic Figure Skater Johnny Wier and his Husband Have Reconciled – The Couples Short Lived Divorce Proceedings Prove that Divorce is Rarely Simple

January

New California Legislation: A Child May Be Found to Have More Than Two Parents

2013

November

Jersey Shore Reality Star “Pauly D” in Custody Battle

Clint and Dina Eastwood Divorce – Dina Going Back to Work?

October

The Indian Child Welfare Act-What it Means for You

September

Kourtney Kardashian Paternity Suit: Discussion Regarding Paternity

June

Proposition 8, DOMA and Same Sex Marriage – What it Means For You

April

Kim Kardashian Finally Divorced – Her Case Presents Several Family Law Issues

2012

December

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Reach Settlement on Child Support

Recording your Ex…Is it a crime?

Baby.. Baby.. Baby…Justin Bieber DNA Paternity Test results still in question.. What now?

October

Custody and the Domestic Violence Presumption

September

Chad Ochocinco and Wife divorcing – Who Should Pay the Attorney Fees?

Halle Berry Has Requested to Move to France with her Minor Child – Move Away Cases in California

Evander Holyfield Held in Contempt for Failure to Pay Child Support

August

Drug Testing in Child Custody Disputes

Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s Wife Dies While Divorce Still Pending – What Should You Do To Protect Your Estate?

July

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce Raises Jurisdiction Issues

June

Facebook Founder Weds Day After IPO – Coincidence?

April

Kris Humphries Wants Kim Kardashian to Disclose How Much Money She’s Making

Dennis Quaid’s Wife Files for Divorce

2011

March

“Teen Mom” Considering Filing for Sole Custody After Baby Dad’s Arrest

Halle Berry’s Custody “Battle”

Wheel of Fortune Jackpot, Community or Separate Property?

2010

December

Musician and Grammy Award Winner Ben Harper Files for Divorce From his Wife of Four Years

Divorce and Education Expenses

How Much Say Should the Children Have in Custody Disputes?

Mel Gibson Ordered to Pay $20,000 Per Month in Child Support - How is Child Support Calculated??

June

Dodger’s Owner Frank McCourt Ordered to Pay $637,159 in Monthly Temporary Spousal Support to Wife Jamie McCourt
According to California law, “a person shall support the person’s spouse.” Family Code §4300 .

May

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James Divorce: What About the Kids?

April

Father's Custodial Rights... We've Come a Long Way

March

Teenagers and Visitation: Some Tips to Keep in Mind
Parents going through a divorce with teenagers often face more difficulty working out a visitation schedule than do parents with young children

Kansas City Royal's Player Jason Kendall in Custody Battle With Wife – Can Parents Going Through a Divorce Move With the Kids?
Although Jason Kendall, catcher for the Kansas City Royal's has stated that his recent divorce and custody case will not interfere with his game, his request to bring his two children with him to Kansas City during

January

Should You Modify Your Estate Planning Once You are Divorced?
According to a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan (2009), the answer is YES

The Duty of Disclosure and In re Marriage of Rossi: A Cautionary Tale
From the moment a dissolution action is filed in California, both spouses have a continuing duty to disclose all assets and liabilities along with all income and expenses

2009

December

"Consulting" v. "Retaining:" Limited Scope Representation
Limited scope representation is a way that you can hire an attorney to help you with part of your case while doing the remainder of your case yourself

November

Difficult Economic Times Directly Impact Domestic Violence
Recent research has suggested that violence in intimate relationships is more likely to occur when couples are experiencing economic difficulties

October

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders and the Fiduciary Duties of Spouses
A Pennsylvania judge has ordered Jon Gosselin to return $180,000 he withdrew from the parties' joint bank account

Spousal Support in California
How does the length of the marriage affect spousal support?

September

Same Sex Marriage
Same Sex Marriage: Can same sex couples "marry?" If not, do same sex couples have any rights with respect to each other?

San Diego Padres player Brian Giles sued by ex-girlfriend for "Palimony."
What are your rights if you live together, but aren't married? Is California a Common Law Marriage state?

June

Mello & Pickering Gets Peace of Mind from Reliable, Compliant Data Protection
A case study from i365, A Seagate Company