If you live in Los Angeles County and want to change your name, you will appreciate this improvement to the process. The court is now publishing its tentative decision on the court website under the Civil section of the page, as a tentative ruling. The procedure has recently be change to only publishing a tentative decision, if the tentative decision is to deny the change. This is published one to two days before the the hearing date. By typing in your case number you can see if your name change was not approved. If the name change is approved, then neither you or your attorney need appear. If the name change does not show as approved, then you or your attorney must appear at the name change hearing or the case will probably be dismissed. It is important that you verify for yourself that this procedure is still in effect as the court can and will change the procedure without notice. For more information about the name change procedure in Los Angeles and Orange Counties visit the name change page.
It is quite common for people who are not familiar with family law to confuse the date of separation and the process of legal separation. As set forth in Family Code Section 70 the date of separation is the date that a complete and final end to the marriage has occurred as shown by one or both spouses expressing their intent to end the marriage and conduct that is consistent with that intent.
A legal separation, https://thebeachlaw.com/legal-separation-long-beach/ ,on the other hand, is a legal proceeding similar to divorce. The procedure for filing for legal separation is the same as filing for a divorce and uses the same forms. Like a divorce, a legal separation proceeding can divide the parties’ property and debts, determine a parenting or custody and visitation plan for any minor children and set forth child and or spousal support. Unlike a divorce the parties are still married to each other after the judgment. They cannot remarry and are considered married for tax purposes. Some reasons that people prefer legal separation to divorce include religious prohibition of divorce, to maintain health or other benefits available to married couples that would not be available in the event of divorce.
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Current law on Spousal Support
Currently the payor of spousal support may deduct his or her spousal support payments from his or her gross income. The spousal support is taxable as income to the recipient.
New law on Spousal Support
Starting in 2019 NEW orders for spousal support will not be deductible by the payor and not reportable as income by the recipient. It has yet to be decided whether new orders will include modification to previous orders. However, I am hearing from family law accountants that modifications will probably be considered as new orders.
Why this change to spousal support deductions is important
The current tax law gives a break to both the payor and payee of spousal support. This is because the payor is normally at a higher tax bracket than the payee, so more of the income is taxed. If the payor is taxed at 20% and the payee at 0%, an annual spousal support payment of $12000 is not taxed, but would have been taxed $2400 under the new law. This will affect the payee also as the court has to take into consideration the tax consequences to the parties when awarding spousal support. Consequently, less spousal support is likely to be awarded given these tax consequences.
Real ID Driver’s License Requirements
Beginning in 2020 Californians will not be able to use their normal driver’s licenses to pass through TSA check points unless the license meets the REAL ID requirements. (This has already begun for holders of Class “A” licenses). To pass through a TSA check point , you will need a federal compliant card such as a passport, military ID, or a REAL ID California Driver’s license, to board a domestic flight or access some federal facilities beginning October 1, 2020. The DMV will start offering REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards on January 22, 2018. A DMV office visit is required to apply for a REAL ID. Documents that you may need include to obtain the Real ID driver’s license:
If you wish to continue using a name that is different than what is on your birth certificate (or last legal name change) – you need to legally change your name from your current legal name to the name you are using.
Don’t wait until the last minute. Today the process can take 7 to 26 weeks depending on the court. When there is a backlog, I expect this wait time to increase substantially. For more information on the name change process,follow the link to my name change web page
Family law encompasses legal matters related to marriage, divorce, alimony (spousal support), legal separation, child custody & support, adoption, domestic violence, and related issues. During their lifetime, many will require the assistance of a family law attorney so that they can resolve their legal family law matters effectively.
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The Gender Recognition Act was passed by the California legislature in 2017 and signed by Governor Brown this year. It requires that if one simply wishes to change gender, (male, female, non-binary), a court order will not be required to change the birth certificate. This legislation will take affect in September of 2018. A court order still will be required to change the name and also, for an actual judgement acknowledging a change of gender. There will be three recognized genders,: male, female and non-binary. Given the strict procedures, and how long it takes to change the birth certificate in California, I suspect that a lot of people will be choosing a court order rather than a change to the birth certificate to document their change in gender. For more information on name and or gender change please visit my web page Name Change