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Supreme Court Grants Review in Same-Sex Marriages Cases

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

The United States Supreme Court Grants Review in Same-Sex Marriages Cases. 

On Friday, 1/16/2015, the United States Supreme Court granted review in four cases stemming from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding bans on marriages between same-sex couples in the states of Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Prior to the Sixth Circuit’s ruling, same-sex marriage bans had been found unconstitutional by the Fourth, Seve...

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Ladies and Gents:

It is that time of the year again, time to take out those walking shoes and join me, or support my team by making a donation of any amount, in the fight against Breast Cancer. Please join me in this event. It is a wonderful cause that is close to my heart. Please click here to visit my Making Strides team page for more information. If the...

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Courthouse News and Judges Retiring

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Superior Court Judge Susan D. Huguenor Retires

San Diego Superior Court Judge Susan D. Huguenor, after serving more than 28 years onthe bench handling both Juvenile and Family Court matters, has officially retired asof March 12, 2014.

Groundbreaking: New San Diego Central Courthouse

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Proposed Bill SB 1306, New Definition for Marriage

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:45 PM

New Bill SB 1306, as introduced, Leno. Marriage.

 *Due to the lengh and breadth of the revisions the actual language is not included here but can be found by clicking here.

   An existing provision of the California Con...

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Judge Susan D. Huguenor Receives Jurist Award

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM




Judge Susan D. Huguenor Receives Jurist Award

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, at its annual dinner, the Southern Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers presented Judge Susan Huguenor its award for San Diego County Distinguished Jurist of the Year 2014. The AAML is a group of the most experience...

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Windsor Update: HSAs and Other Benefit Plans

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Windsor Update: HSAs and Other Benefit Plans

 Brett Turner, Senior Attorney, National Legal Research Group


    In IRS Notice 2014-1, 2014‑2 I.R.B. 270 (Jan. 6, 2014), the IRS dealt with various consequences of the Windsor decision on same-sex couples who particip...

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Documentary Film "Divorce Corp"

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Divorce Corp, The Film

I went to see the film, Divorce Corp, yesterday and I would begin by saying that I was extremely disappointed. The moment there is misrepresentation of facts and information the remainder is called into question. This is exactly the problem that Family Court Judges find themselves in. How do we know what facts and what information is correct when you know, for certaint...

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SB 274 Multiple Parent Bill will become law on 1/1/14

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

On April 19th I published the below summary and warning regarding Sen. Leno's Bill allowing the California law to recognize more than two parents for a child. This Bill passed and was signed into law by Gov. Brown on 10/4/13. It will become law on 1/1/14. Though this bill was apparently supportd by the Children's Advocacy Institute and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR); it will most likely be disaster for children and for the LGBT community especilly if Bill SB 115 ends up ...

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New Procedures: Request a Continuance, Settlement

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 3:30 AM

New procedures for requesting a continuance of certain types of hearings or notifying the court of settlement of a case.

The Superior Court of San Diego Family Law Division is now requiring that requests for continuance and notifications of settlement of a case be submitted online via webform.

At this time only some of the Departments are implementing this new...

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FAQ re: Tax Filing of RDP and Same-Sex Married Couples

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I have had questions posed to me regarding the filing of federal and statetaxes in light of both the DOMA development as well as today's statement by the U.S. Treasury.

Here are some answers:

Same-sex couples who are married will now be legally permitted to file their Federal tax returns as Married Filing Jointly. This applies ONL...

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