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.

Jan 10, 2014 Related Cases
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 Unpub LEXIS 138 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished].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 and Ritter (Aug. 3, 2010, B218221) 2010 WL 3008019 [nonpublished opinion]

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 LEXIS 6108 (California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Eight) [unpublished].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

In re Marriage of Glassman (May 14, 2008, B198323) 2008 WL 2055628, vacated (Cal. Ct. App., Sept. 3, 2008, No. B198323) 2008 WL 4061147 [nonpublished opinion]

Orders for spousal support

Court of Appeal reverses dismissal of petition to establish non-paternity

Said v. Jegan (2007) 146 Cal.App.4th 1375 (California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 8 (Los Angeles)) [published]. Robin Meadow secured this reversal despite an earlier published case that seemed directly contrary. When GMSR’s client discovered that his former wife had placed his name on

Said v. Jegan (2007) 146 Cal.App.4th 1375

Standing to disprove paternity under Uniform Parentage Act

Zand v. Old Republic Title Co. (Aug. 21, 2007, G035874)

Plaintiff alleged title insurer negligently concluded that consent wasn’t necessary to transfer title to property that he and his ex-wife had owned. After GMSR filed its Respondent’s Brief, the plaintiff folded.

In re Marriage of Burkle (2006) 139 Cal.App.4th 712

Application of presumption of undue influence in interspousal transactions and of requirement of sworn financial disclosures in post-marital agreement

Dec 03, 2004 Related Cases
Taylor v. Taylor (2004, B160004)

Challenge to excessive support and attorney fee orders (settled before decision)

In re Marriage of Gritz, 2003 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9395

Separate property credit for full value of house brought to marriage where house later demolished during remodel

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