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.

Sep 09, 2021 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter To Present On Anti-SLAPP Motions In Probate Litigation, At A September 13 LACBA Symposium

Anti-SLAPP motions are increasingly prevalent in probate litigation.  Join GMSR appellate attorney Alana Rotter at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section annual symposium on September 13, 2021, to learn more about how these motions work and how to respond to them.

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

In re Marriage of DeSouza (2020) 54 Cal.App.5th 25, First District, Division Three.  While dissolution proceedings were pending, the ex-husband of GMSR’s client had two friends buy bitcoins with the community’s assets without at the time disclosing the purchases to his ex-wife.  One friend transferred

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

In re Marriage of Liu (Jan. 28, 2020, A155732) 2020 WL 477616 [nonpublished opinion]

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

In re Marriage of Wendelburg (Dec. 20, 2017, B270355) 2017 WL 6505343 [nonpublished opinion]

In a marital dissolution action, the husband argued that the wife’s shares in a corporation she co-owned with her father were community property because the wife, GMSR’s client, acquired them during marriage and a corporate document stated that she had provided half of the consideration

Court of Appeal holds that spouse’s shares in corporation are separate property because acquired by gift

In a marital dissolution action, the husband argued that the wife’s shares in a corporation she co-owned with her father were community property because the wife, GMSR’s client, acquired them during marriage and a corporate document stated that she had provided half of the consideration

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 (Nov. 12, 2015, B254046, B254253, B255133, B255276) 2015 WL 7066473 [nonpublished opinion]

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

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