Family Law

From pre- and post-nuptial agreements to property division to spousal and child support to custody, GMSR has extensively litigated family law issues in the appellate courts.  GMSR’s appellate lawyers have also assisted clients in connection with mediations or other settlement discussions, helping them to resolve disputes favorably without protracted litigation where possible.

Court of Appeal affirms family court decision based on fundamental appellate rules

Years after a mother and father (GMSR’s client) agreed to a final custody order involving their daughter, a family law court modified the order, granting the father tie-breaking authority in the event that the two parents disagreed about healthcare or educational decisions. The mother appealed. 

In re Marriage of Saab and Zagorsky (Apr. 24, 2024, A166160) 2024 WL 1756082

Court of Appeal affirms family court decision based on fundamental appellate rules

CLE: How to Preserve Your Trial Record for Family Law Appeals

On Saturday, April 20 at 1:20 PM, please join GMSR appellate lawyers Jeff Gurrola and John Metzidis, when they present important tips on how to preserve the trial record to increase your odds of prevailing in family law appeals.  Some important topics include: how and

Court of Appeal reverses custody order barring GMSR client from contacting her children while they attend an intensive family reunification program

A family law judge ordered that a father was permitted to enroll himself and his two teenage children in “a week-long program such as Family Bridges.”  Purporting to merely “implement” this order, father asked the court to order the children to attend Family Bridges, which

Johnston-Rossi v. Rossi (2023) 88 Cal.App.5th 1081

Court of Appeal reverses custody order barring GMSR client from contacting her children while they attend an intensive family reunification program

Journal Of The California Association Of Certified Family Law Specialists Features Article On Full Disclosure By GMSR Appellate Lawyers Bob Olson And Jeff Raskin

Is private judging soon to be a thing of the past in a post-Jolie v. Superior Court world? This article will discuss how one private judge’s ethical breach could remake private judging as we know it; why the system needs a functioning, above-board private judging

Jolie v. Superior Court (2021) 66 Cal.App.5th 1025

Court of Appeal rules for GMSR client Angelina Jolie, holding that a private judge violated a continuing obligation to disclose new matters involving counsel representing Jolie’s ex-husband Brad Pitt

Court Of Appeal Rules For GMSR Client Angelina Jolie, Holding That A Private Judge Violated A Continuing Obligation To Disclose New Matters Involving Counsel Representing Jolie’s Ex-husband Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s ongoing divorce proceeding has been handled by a party-compensated private judge sitting as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.  Such judges have an ongoing obligation to disclose new paid engagements with counsel representing either side.  After several rounds of such

In re Marriage of DeSouza (2020) 54 Cal.App.5th 25

The trial court’s finding that an ex-husband breached his fiduciary duty by failing to disclose material information about his bitcoin investments to his ex-wife was supported by substantial evidence

Court of Appeal adopts GMSR’s arguments and rejects challenge to marital settlement agreement

Representing the husband in a post-dissolution family law proceeding, GMSR prevailed on wife’s appeal from the superior court’s order denying her motion to set aside their marital settlement agreement.  Wife and her counsel had prepared and presented to then-unrepresented husband all preliminary disclosures and the

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