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It sometimes happens that the parentage of a child is legally unsettled. This usually happens when the parents of a child are unmarried at the time the child is conceived or born. If the parents are married when a child is born, the husband is legally presumed to be the father.

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The judge ordered you to pay a chunk of change each month as spousal support ("alimony"). You're hoping your spouse gets a job or a fat, juicy raise so your monthly outlay goes down. That alimony order can be a shocker - but there is a little silver lining, courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.

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From time to time, as matrimonial lawyers we see amusing things. One of those is watching the sometimes funny, sometimes not, methods of "gotcha" that ex-spouses employ against one another through the divorce and child custody processes. You know, those little "zingers" people fire off in an effort to one-up each other? Those shallow pursuits of "sweet revenge"? One of these tactics is the use of a "support person" to come to court or mediation with a spouse.

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I was on the bench the other night, presiding over Murrieta's Youth Court. While waiting for the jury to finish deliberations, I Tweeted about Youth Court and received a lot of great questions. After the recent avalanche of unflattering (and unnecessary) press on Murrieta and the immigration debate, it's time for some "good news" about our fine City. There are so many great things going on in Murrieta, and the Youth Court program is one of them!

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Contemplating divorce? Separated, or divorced with a "challenging" ex-spouse? If you're a Face book junkie, carefully consider the content of your FB page!

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