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  • In a California paternity or dissolution action, can you request relief in excess of that plead in your initial petition if your spouse fails to file a response and their default is subsequently taken?
    In a California paternity or dissolution action, can you request relief in excess of that plead in your initial petition if your spouse fails to file a response and their default is subsequently taken?

    This issue was addressed in Sass vs. Cohen (3/8/19). In this the Court held that the judgment exceeded the “type and amount of relief” sought in the operative pleadings. It said: This case presents ...

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  • Can a parties’ attorney be liable for attorney’s fees in a California dissolution of marriage/paternity action?
    Can a parties’ attorney be liable for attorney’s fees in a California dissolution of marriage/paternity action?

    This was the very finding in the case of Marriage of Anka & Yeager (2/5/19). The Court in this case held that an attorney, in certain circumstances, can be liable for the imposition of attorney’s fees ...

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