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James Vincent Sansone

James Sansone’s Legal Guides

9 total

  • Divorce Basics

    1. What is the difference between a divorce and legal separation? A divorce or "dissolution of domestic partnership" ends your marriage or domestic partnership. After you get divorced, you will be single, and you can marry or become a domestic partner again. A legal separation d...

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  • How is Spousal Support Determined in CA

    In any legal proceeding for divorce or legal separation the court may order a party to pay for the support of the other party any amount, and for any period of time, as the court may deem just and reasonable, based on the standard of living established during the marriage. In mak...

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  • How the Law Calculates a Child Support Payment

    In implementing child support, the family code spells out principles that the courts must follow when determining a child support order. Some of these principals include the following: 1) A parent's first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children. Simplisti...

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  • What is Rent Control and What Does it Mean?

    Although state law provides that an owner may terminate a month-to-month tenancy for no reason or any reason at all if 30 or 60 days' written notice is given, commonly local rent control laws require "just cause" to evict, meaning an owner may only evict a tenant for one or more ...

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  • Effects Bankruptcy Can Have on a Divorce

    Jim addresses these debt relief and family law questions: 1. Can only one spouse file for bankruptcy? Yes, it is possible for only one household member to file for bankruptcy, keeping the other spouse out. 2. Does bankruptcy have an effect on divorce? It certainly can, part...

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  • The Nine Steps a Landlord Needs to Know to Evict a Tenant

    1) Upon the tenants nonpayment of rent, other breach of the renal agreement, discovery of the tenants illegal activity or activities that are a legally defined nuisance, the landlord must serve upon the tenant a 3, 30, 60, or 90 day notice. 2) If the 3, 30, 60, or 90 day notice i...

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  • Eviction: What you need to know

    Since a tenancy is a property interest, deprivation of this interest, i.e., eviction, requires due process of law. This means notice and an opportunity to be heard, which is accomplished by the Unlawful Detaner procedure under California Law. The most common reason for evicti...

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  • Security Deposits

    California law specifically allows the landlord to use a tenant's security deposit for four purposes: 1. For unpaid rent; 2. For cleaning the rental unit when the tenant moves out, but only to make the unit as clean as it was when the tenant first moved in; 3. For repair of da...

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  • What Happens In A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing?

    What Happens In A Sonoma County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing? Chapter 7 is the most frequently chosen bankruptcy option by individual debtors. For most debtors it offers a quick and moderately economical fresh financial start. A chapter 7 case is commenced by a petition. The peti...

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