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.

GMSR Successfully Defends Judgment For Husband In Wife’s Challenge To His Accounting For Marital Property Worth Tens Of Millions Of Dollars.

After nearly three decades of marriage, husband (GMSR’s client) obtained dissolution. Wife, a former successful international banking and finance lawyer at a major law firm, claimed that during the marriage, husband, also a successful lawyer, hid marital assets worth millions of dollars. After a lengthy

Oct 15, 2016 Cynthia E. Tobisman
The Post-Nuclear Family: Changing Definitions of What Constitutes a Familial Relationship in Strategies for Family Law in California: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law (2016 ed.)

Published in Strategies for Family Law in California: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law, 2016 ed., Cindy’s chapter, The Post-Nuclear Family: Changing Definitions of What Constitutes a Familial Relationship focuses on the extent to which advances in reproductive technology and shifts in cultural norms have altered

In re Marriage of Reyes, 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8122

In this marital dissolution proceeding, the parties stipulated to having a temporary judge (a retired judge appointed under Cal. Const., art. VI, § 21) issue a judgment composed of two documents: A “Judgment” of dissolution and a simultaneously-executed “Further Judgment” detailing the resolution of property

GMSR prevails in validating delayed entry “Further Judgment” in marital dissolution case

Reyes v. Reyes (2015) 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8122 (Calfornia Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [unpublished]. In this marital dissolution proceeding, the parties stipulated to having a temporary judge (a retired judge appointed under Cal. Const., art. VI, § 21) issue a

Court of Appeal allows exhaustion method of tracing to establish separate-property nature of investments during marriage

In re Marriage of Ziman (2015) 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7388 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One ) [unpublished]. Husband, GMSR’s client, entered the marriage with $16 million in separate property investments. The couple spent the first six years of the marriage

In re Marriage of Ziman, 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7388

Husband, GMSR’s client, entered the marriage with $16 million in separate property investments. The couple spent the first six years of the marriage living primarily off Husband’s separate property, acting as philanthropists and incurring annual community-property deficits of between $250,000 and $500,000. In the meantime,

In re Marriage of Jones, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 138

Wife petitioned to dissolve her marriage to husband, GMSR’s client. Husband wanted to remarry, but the dissolution proceedings bogged down in disputes over financial matters. The trial court granted a “status only” judgment dissolving the marriage pending resolution of financial matters, imposing numerous conditions to

GMSR successfully defends “status only” judgment dissolving client’s marriage

In re Marriage of Jones (2014) 2014 Cal.App. Unpub LEXIS 138 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished]. Wife petitioned to dissolve her marriage to husband, GMSR’s client. Husband wanted to remarry, but the dissolution proceedings bogged down in disputes over financial

In re Marriage of Armour, 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 6108

A wife in a marital dissolution proceeding incurred almost $700,000 in attorney’s fees litigating whether the confidential documents of her husband’s employer, which the spouses had used in litigating property division, should be sealed or publicly disclosed. After winning an appeal reversing an initial sealing

Court of Appeal affirms order denying motion to recover attorney’s fees from GMSR’s client under Family Code section 2030

In re Marriage of Armour/Ritter (2010) 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 6108 (California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Eight) [unpublished]. A wife in a marital dissolution proceeding incurred almost $700,000 in attorney’s fees litigating whether the confidential documents of her husband’s employer, which the spouses

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