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QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDERS (QDROS) | Broaden Law LLP

QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDERS (QDROS)

What is a QDRO? The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 USC § 1001 et seq. (ERISA), as amended by the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 (REA), primarily regulates “employee benefit plan” law.  ERISA’s “spendthrift” and “anti-alienation” provisions (29 USC §1056(d)) prohibit the division or transfer of interests in an employee participant’s ERISA-governed …

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How A New Partner's Income Affects Spousal SUPPORT CALCULATIONS | Broaden Law LLP

HOW A NEW PARTNER’S INCOME AFFECTS SPOUSAL SUPPORT CALCULATIONS

After a divorce, it is common for one or both parties to find a new love interest, whether that be a new boyfriend/girlfriend, a new live-in romantic partner, or a new spouse.  Read more to find out how a new partner (or even a roommate) can affect both the payor and payee support obligations. Spousal …

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders | Broaden Law LLP

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS (DV-TROS)

What is a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order?  A DV-TRO is a court order designed to protect you from abuse or threats of abuse from someone with whom you have a close relationship.  For example, a DV-TRO can protect you from your spouse or registered domestic partner, your ex-spouse or ex-domestic partner, your current or …

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Premarital Agreement | PMA | Family Law | Estate Planning | Broaden Law LLP

PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS ARE PART OF YOUR ESTATE PLAN

What is a Premarital Agreement (PMA)? A premarital agreement (“PMA”) is a written contract signed by fiances before marriage that become effective upon marriage.  If a couple does not have a PMA and gets divorced, unless they enter into a marital settlement agreement that provides otherwise, the California Family Code and California case law will …

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THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 | Spousal Support | Broaden Law LLP

THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 & SPOUSAL SUPPORT

Background: Temporary and Long-Term Spousal Support As discussed in our prior blog post, a Court may award temporary spousal support during the pendency of divorce or legal separation proceedings before a final judgment is entered. The Court generally uses the Dissomaster software program to calculate temporary spousal support using the spouses’ respective incomes as the …

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AUTOMATIC TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS (ATROS) | Broaden Law LLP

AUTOMATIC TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS (ATROS)

What are Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATROs)? In a divorce or legal separation case, the spouse who files the petition in court and has the other spouse served with the summons is called the “petitioner.” Once the summons is served, the petitioner is immediately subject to the automatic temporary restraining orders (also known as ATROs). …

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