- The parties disputed the character of the business; spousal support, including imputation of income; child custody involving a move-away and child support. The matter resulted in settlement after mediation.
- Spousal support matter involving a retiree with considerable retirement income and assets with a younger spouse. The retirement assets were mostly separate property. Involved consideration of the younger spouse’s earning capacity and the retiree spouse’s rate of return and income available for support. The parties settled the matter in mediation.
- Division of assets after long marriage, both parties of retirement age. One spouse continued to work raising a spousal support issue despite their age, as well as rate of return and spendable income from investment and retirement portfolio. The parties entered into a Marital Settlement Agreement.
- A property case where the principal real estate asset was underwater, and total debts exceeded assets. The issues included spousal support and attorney fees. The parties reached an agreement.
- Paternity case, mostly involving child support. Payor spouse was a high-earning public figure. Dispute included imputed rated of return from investments and earning capacity. The parties reached an agreement.
- High asset and income case. Allegations of hidden income and assets and dispute regarding the adequacy of the disclosures, which led to a contested Feldman sanctions motion. The matter ultimately settled at a judicially supervised settlement conference.
- In what was primarily a spousal support matter, one party had substantial separate property trust income allowing for retirement at young age. The other party was employed but needed support to maintain the standard living. The parties contested issues of income available for support, earning capacity and reasonable needs.
- One spouse became severely disabled during the marriage. Issues included custody of the children, requested move-away, child support, spousal support and sale of the family residence. Support issues were complicated by pass through income from a family owned business (phantom income issue).
- Contentious matter started with the issuance of a criminal court protective order following domestic violence incident, which then became a spousal support issue. Division of community property, tracing, stock options, characterization of assets, spousal support, child custody and fees were all contested. The matter was ultimately settled in a judicially supervised settlement conference.
- Mediation with parties and counsel. Issues included child custody, child support, spousal support, post-separation accounting claims, division of community property and calculation of equalizing payment; characterization and division of retirement accounts, completion of tax returns and allocation of tax liability. The parties entered into a MSA.
- Mediation with parties and counsel. Matter involved business valuation, income available for support, earning capacity, division of debts, child support, spousal support, post-separation accounting and fees. The parties did settle in mediation.
- Mediation with parties and counsel regarding spousal support. All other issues had been resolved. Parties entered into comprehensive Stipulation and Order regarding support, including a step-down order, limitations on modifiability and an irrevocable termination date.
- Mediation with parties and counsel in litigated case with disputes regarding child custody, child support, long-term spousal support and attorney fees and costs. The parties reached an oral, tentative settlement of all issues and a Marital Settlement Agreement was prepared. The parties refused to complete the agreement and terminated the mediation.
- Mediation with parties and counsel. The matter involved modification of permanent spousal support, including imputation of earned and unearned income, enforcement of judgment, modification of child custody, and attorney’s fees. The parties entered into a Stipulation and Order resolving all issues.
- Case involving a retired couple living on fixed income after a long marriage. Before separation one spouse began receiving significant trust income. The income was separate property but raised a spousal support issue, complicated by income exceeding the marital standard of living. Also, involved enforceability of deeds by which jointly-owned real estate was transmuted. The matter was resolved by agreement.
- Mediated a case wherein the parties reached an interim agreement for support, management and control of the business, and a framework for settlement. Ultimately the parties entered into a comprehensive Memorandum of Agreement dividing community property, which included complicated security provisions for future equalizing payments and settlement of spousal support.
HIGH INCOME SUPPORT CASES