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After announcing their separation months ago, David Arquette has finally filed the Petition for dissolution of marriage from Courteney Cox Arquette. In the court documents filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Arquette is requesting joint legal and joint physical custody of the parties’ daughter, Coco. He is also requesting that property rights be determined.

From an Orange County divorce lawyer’s perspective, interestingly, there is no mention on how he would like relief for child support or spousal support. Additionally, according to the petition, the parties were married for a long term marriage of 12 years, 6 months so if Arquette would to request spousal support from Cox, he would be entitled to same indefinitely unless of course, they agreed to a different amount, time period or waive it completely.

Most likely the big issue here is how the couple will share joint physical custody of their daughter, Coco.

Marc Anthony has filed for a Los Angeles County divorce from his soon to be ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez. Filing under his legal name, Marco Muniz, cited irreconcilable differences and requests joint legal and joint physical custody of the parties’ 4 year old twins, Max and Emme. Additionally, Anthony specified a “TBD” as the date of separation.

The couple appear to be very cordial in the public eye as they work together promoting their television talent show “Q’Viva! The Chosen.” Let’s hope they can amicably work out are reasonable settlement to their divorce.

From an Orange County divorce lawyer’s perspective, the parties will have to resolve issues pertaining to child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, property division and payment of attorney fees and costs.

As Peter Facinelli’s career takes off with the Twilight movies, it causes much stress and tension for his personal life as he just filed for dissolution of marriage from Jennie Garth. The documents were recently filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court and Facinelli cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Facinelli cites a date of separation of January 1, 2012 (which was 3 months prior to the public annoucement).

Regarding child custody and visitation, Facinelli is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody of the parties’ three minor children.

Jennie Garth also filed her Response to the Los Angeles County divorce petition. Garth is also requesting joint legal and joint physical custody of the children and that her maiden name be restored.

This is a strange story. What mother in her right mind would sell her child? Apparently, Kenia Quiala Bosque, age 30, tried to sell one of her 4 children to an aquaintance for $7,000. Bosque stipulated that she put her kids in danger by trying to sell one of them. She did this to avoid a dependency trial. As a result, the children will now remain in the care of their father.

The case is not over for Bosque though. She still faces criminal charges that she tried to sell her youngest son to an acquaintance for $7,000 in December.

Judge Mari Sampedro-Iglesia accepted a plea deal worked out in the juvenile justice building hallways among attorneys for both parents and the Department of Children and Families. In the deal, Bosque agreed that “under severe emotional distress [she] made an empty threat to exchange her child for a sum of money, that placed her children in imminent risk of harm.”

So, its a new year and a new you! You may be going through a Los Angeles County or Orange County divorce or are contemplating getting a divorce. Going through a divorce is an emotional and stressful time not only for the parties involved but for the children, if there are any. Here are some stress release tips on coping during such a painful period.

1) Get a breathe of fresh air. Take a walk through a mall or a park. It will remind you that there is life after an Orange County or Los Angeles County divorce.

2) Get your yoga on! I turned to yoga about 5 years ago when I suffered severe lower back pain from lifting weights. I started practicing yoga heavily in April of 2009 about 5-6 times a week to help with the “mental” stress of being a lawyer. Now, I’m an addict! I love practicing yoga on a daily basis to clear the mind, strengthen the body, challenge the body and most importantly…. to just “be”.

Last week the internet was a buzz over Russell Brand’s divorce filing from Katy Perry. Reports are stating that the couple did not have a prenuptual agreement. Pursuant to California law, since it is a community property state, all assets acquired by the couple duirng marriage will be divided 50/50.

Forbes magazine estimates that Perry’s net worth is $44 million and that Brand’s net worth is $15 million. From an Orange County divorce lawyer’s standpoint, luckily the couple do not have any children. Otherwise, child custody and visitation issues would inevitably be raised.

Unless the parties agree to waive receipt of spousal support, Perry will likely have to pay Brand spousal support for one-half of the length of the marriage. Further, if there were assets that were acquired during the marriage, absent a prenuptual agreement, the parties will have to divide same equally.

Last week, Orange County was a buzz over the killing of 8 people in a hair salon.

Scott Evans Dekraai of Huntington Beach is the suspect in the worst mass killing in Orange County. He is currently being held without bail since his arrest Wednesday after the massacre at the Salon Meritage on Pacific Coast Highway. Dekraai was apparently targeting his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, but as a result 7 other people were killed and 1 person is in critical condition.

Fournier and Dekraai were engaged in a bitter Orange County child custody battle over their 8-year-old son.

The question of who owns the Dodgers will soon be determined next year in the latest saga of the McCourt divorce. The divorce trial is expected to take place in the Spring or Summer of 2012 and last about 30 to 45 days.

To recap, Frank McCourt claims sole ownership of the Dodgers while soon to be ex-wife Jamie claims that she owns half. It is unclear when the Dodgers will emerge from federal bankruptcy protection. After the Dodgers took a $150-million bankruptcy loan from Major League Baseball, Frank McCourt’s attorneys said the team had funding to operate until well into next season.

Although Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon could decide ownership of the team before the bankruptcy proceedings end, he emphasized Wednesday that “the ultimate question of the disposition of the Dodgers” would need to wait for a resolution in Bankruptcy Court. Until the issue gets out of bankruptcy court, the team cannot be sold through the family law court.

From another Orange County (the one in Florida) comes a child custody case that is nothing short of shocking. Citing local sheriff’s deputies, television station WFTV reports that an Orange County father was stripped of his custody rights after “his 18-month-old son… was found drinking from beer bottles alone in the front yard.”

The television station reports that the child has been placed in foster care. It says the father – who was reportedly found passed-out drunk inside the family residence at the time of his arrest – told police and child welfare officials that the toddler’s mother is hospitalized for mental illness and that “he has no other nearby relatives to care for the child.”

Obviously this is an extreme case. It does, however, highlight one of the many crucial roles an Orange County family law attorney can play for clients here in California. Children in situations like this tend to be moved into foster care as an emergency measure. Relatives wishing to get them out, claim Los Angeles or Orange County child custody and provide a safe and loving home will generally need careful, detail-oriented legal assistance to find their way through the sometimes intimidating world of the California family courts.

A recent California appellate court ruling may have significant consequences for a small number of people facing unusual family and civil law cases here in Orange County and elsewhere throughout the state. According to Metropolitan News Service, the ruling by the state’s Sixth District Court of Appeal establishes new criteria for what is known as the “putative spouse test,” allowing courts to use subjective criteria in determining the outcome of a case.

A “putative spouse” is someone who, in good faith, believes themselves to be married even though the union is, in fact, void (for example, because a California divorce has not been obtained to dissolve an earlier marriage). In this particular case the court was addressing the question of whether “a woman who claims she did not know that the man she married was already married to someone else” could file a wrongful death suit related to the demise of her ‘husband.’

According to Metropolitan, Nancy Ceja married her husband Robert in 2003 three months before his divorce from his first wife became official. Robert died in an on-the-job accident in 2007. Nancy claimed that she only discovered the couple’s marriage had never been valid when she moved to file a wrongful death suit related to Robert’s passing.

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