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Divorce Law
 
The People v. David Allen Lucas

A jury found defendant David Allen Lucas guilty of the first degree murders of Suzanne Jacobs, Colin Jacobs, and Anne Swanke (Pen. Code, §§ 187, subd. (a), 189),1 the attempted murder of Jodie Santiago Robertson (§§ 187, 664), and the kidnappings of Swanke and Robertson (§ 207, subd. (a)). The jury also found that he personally used a knife during each crime (§ 12022, subd. (b)) and inflicte... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - CA)

Mariano Octavio Castelnuovo v. Sandra Faieta

This appeal arises from a divorce proceeding. In two issues, Appellant, Mariano Octavio Castelnuovo,1 challenges the trial court’s characterization and award of a bank account in the amount of $566,252.49 to Appellee, Sandra Faieta, as her separate property. We affirm.
1It is noted that Appellant’s name is also spelled as “Mariano Octario Castelnuovo” on several documents in the record... More...
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Robert Gerald Sherwood Sr. v. Janet Lynne Sherwood

In this appeal, we address whether the trial court erred by imposing a death penalty sanction due to the appellant’s failure to fully answer the appellee’s discovery. We hold the trial court abused its discretion by imposing a death penalty sanction; we reverse and remand that portion of the trial court’s judgment dividing the parties’ property for a new trial to allow the trial court to m... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Crystal Ann Harris v. Virginia Vanegas

The trial court appointed Virgina Vanegas (“Grandmother”) sole managing conservator
of D.L. and C.V. (together, “Children”) and appointed Crystal Harris (“Mother”) possessory
conservator. In a single issue, Mother asserts the trial court erred in awarding managing
conservatorship to Grandmother. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
BACKGROUND
The Children, born i... More...
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Laurie Faye Walker v. Brad Vincent Walker

Laurie Faye Walker appeals the trial court’s order denying her petition for bill of review to set aside her 2008 divorce decree. Representing herself, appellant brings two issues contending that (1) there were numerous “procedural defects” in the bill of review proceeding and underlying divorce case requiring reversal and (2) the underlying divorce decree was void because the trial court lac... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of T.L.D. a child

Father appeals the trial court’s order, denying his request to modify the amount of his child support obligation. In a single issue, Father contends the trial court abused its discretion in denying his motion to modify. We affirm.
In October 2007, Father filed a petition, seeking genetic testing to determine parentage and seeking to be appointed the sole managing conservator of T.L.D. In an ... More...
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In the Interest of S.V & S.V. children

This is a high-conflict custody case. Father appeals an order modifying conservatorship and appointing Mother sole managing conservator and Father possessory conservator of their two daughters. In two issues, Father generally contends the trial court abused its discretion in modifying the conservatorship because the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s find... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Yundlander Jones v. Claude Jones

In six points, pro se appellant Yundlander Jones (Wife) appeals the trial court’s divorce decree and division of the marital estate. We affirm in part and reverse and remand in part.
In her fourth point, Wife argues that the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the division of property contained in the divorce decree.
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
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Among her ar... More...
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Luis A. Santiago and Linda A. Santiago v. Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, P.C.

Luis and Linda Santiago sued several entities involved in their home equity loan and the law firm of Mackie Wolf Zientz and Mann, P.C. (Mackie Wolf). After the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Mackie Wolf on all of the Santiago’s claims, the trial court granted Mackie Wolf’s motion to sever. In two issues, appellants contend the trial court erred in granting Mackie Wolf’s mot... More...   $0 (08-19-2014 - TX)

The People v. Justin James Merriman

In 2001, a jury convicted defendant Justin James Merriman of the 1992 first degree murder of Katrina Montgomery (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 and found true the special circumstance allegations that the murder was committed while defendant was engaged in the commission of rape and oral copulation (§ 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(C), (F)), and the allegation that defendant personally used a deadly weapo... More...   $0 (08-18-2014 - CA)

In re CHRISTOPHER M., a Person Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law.

Christopher M., Sr., (father) appeals from the order adjudicating his son, Christopher M., (Christopher) a dependent child pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivisions (b) and (g) and the ensuing disposition order.1 Father contends there was no substantial evidence to support jurisdiction based on father’s alleged conduct. We reverse and remand.
FACTUAL AND PROCEURAL B... More...
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The People v. Gene Estel McCurdy

A jury convicted defendant Gene Estel McCurdy of the first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 kidnapping (§ 207, subd. (a)), and kidnapping with the purpose to commit a lewd act on a child under 14 years old (§ 207, subd. (b)) of Maria Piceno. The jury found true the special circumstance allegation of kidnapping murder. (§ 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(B).) The jury returned a verdict of dea... More...   $0 (08-14-2014 - CA)

Leif James Putnam v. Mary F. Iverson and Gregory W. Abbott

Appellant Leif James Putnam appeals the grant of the appellees’ plea to the jurisdiction and the dismissal of his claims with prejudice. Because Putnam’s claims against appellees Mary Iverson and Attorney General Gregory W. Abbott in their official capacities1 are either moot or precluded by sovereign immunity, we
1 Appellee Iverson was sued in her official capacity as an “Authorized Age... More...
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Jason Stubbs v. Julianne Stubbs

Jason Stubbs appeals from a judgment that awarded his ex-spouse, Julianne Stubbs, a judgment for damages pursuant to an indemnity clause in their divorce decree. Stubbs complains that the evidence was legally insufficient to support the judgment because the claim for indemnification did not accrue. Because we find no reversible error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.
Stubbs v. Stubbs... More...
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V.L.M. v. Kevin Lee Miley

2 Respondent appeals from a judgment entering a permanent stalking
3 protective order (SPO) against him. He contests the sufficiency of the evidence
supporting the SPO.1 4 Because this is not an "exceptional case" warranting de novo
5 review, we review the trial court's factual findings for "any evidence" and its legal
6 conclusions for errors of law. Travis v. Strubel, 238 Or App ... More...
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In the Matter of the Marriage of Barney Samuel Bradshaw and Amanda Cheri Bradshaw

Barney Samuel Bradshaw appeals the trial court’s final decree of divorce. On appeal, Barney presents three issues. We reverse and remand.
BACKGROUND
Barney and Amanda Cheri Bradshaw were married on November 13, 2010. Amanda filed an original petition for divorce on September 10, 2013, requesting that the court divide their estate in a manner that the court deems just and right. Barney fi... More...
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In the Interest of B. R. F. and M. A. F.

M.F., n/k/a M.B., (Mother) appeals the trial court’s Order on Notice of Changed Status, which ordered her to pay current child support in the amount of $257 per month to M.J.F. (Father). Although it was signed on November 15, 2012, the order directed support payments to begin effective January 1, 2012. These retroactive support orders are at issue on appeal. For the reasons that follow, we affir... More...   $0 (08-13-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of C.G. and B.G. Children

On June 4, 2014, we issued an opinion and judgment in this appeal. Appellee filed a motion for rehearing, and appellant responded. We grant the motion for rehearing in part and deny the motion for rehearing in part. We withdraw our opinion and judgment of June 4, 2014, and issue this opinion and judgment in its place.
BACKGROUND
On December 13, 2011, Loretta DiDonato and Shaun Gifford ente... More...
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IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF MATTHEW R. SEVERIN AND BOUAPHAN S. SEVERIN Upon the Petition of MATTHEW R. SEVERIN, Petitioner-Appellant/Cross-Appellee, And Concerning BOUAPHAN S. SEVERIN, Respondent-Appellee/Cross-Appellant.

Matthew Severin appeals from the decree dissolving his marriage to Bouaphan Severin. Matthew asserts (1) the district court’s award of alimony is excessive and (2) the district court erred in awarding Bouaphan the marital home without requiring a cash equalization payment to Matthew of half the home’s equity. Bouaphan cross-appeals arguing the award of alimony is insufficient. We affirm as to ... More...   $0 (08-13-2014 - IA)

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF AMY L. SCHMADEKE AND THOMAS Z. SCHMADEKE Upon the Petition of AMY L. SCHMADEKE, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning THOMAS Z. SCHMADEKE, Respondent-Appellee.

Thomas and Amy Schmadeke married in 1994. Four children and eighteen years later, in October 2012, Amy filed her petition for dissolution of marriage, requesting, among other things, child support, an award of spousal support, and an award of attorney’s fees. The district court awarded Amy child support in the amount of $1162 per month, spousal support in the amount of $1000 for sixty months, an... More...   $0 (08-13-2014 - IA)

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF BRIAN MARK ALLEN AND KANDICE MARIE ALLEN Upon the Petition of BRIAN MARK ALLEN, Petitioner-Appellee, And Concerning KANDICE MARIE ALLEN, Respondent-Appellant.

Kandice Allen appeals a modification decree granting her ex-spouse physical care of their child.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings
Brian and Kandice Allen married in 2005, had one child, and divorced in 2008. The parents stipulated to joint physical care of the child and the district court approved the agreement. The stipulation provided that the child would be with Brian half the week a... More...
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Jordan D. Houghtaling v. Nichol A. Houghtaling

Appellee Nichol A. Houghtaling sought a divorce from appellant Jordan D. Houghtaling. Nichol filed with the trial court a document purporting to be a waiver of appearance executed by Jordan. At a subsequent hearing which Jordan did not attend, the trial court entered a final decree of divorce dissolving the parties’
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marriage and dividing their property. Jordan timely filed this restric... More...
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In re A.R. et al., Persons Coming Under the Juvenile Court

Mother A.R. appeals from the juvenile court order that declared her two daughters
dependents of the court based on mother’s failure to provide for the children. We reject
mother’s contention that there was insufficient evidence to support that order and
therefore affirm.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
In September 2012 Ontario police pulled over a car driven by father J.R., w... More...
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Nick Reynolds, et al. v. North Star Memorial Group, et al.

Nick Reynolds, et al. v. North Star Memorial Group, et al.

Issue # 1.
Issue: CIVIL CONSPIRACY (OTHER)
Filed by: REYNOLDS, NICK
Filed Date: 07/26/2010
Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: ALLBRITTON COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
Disposed: DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE, 11/10/2011. Dismissed- Settled.

Defendant: GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS LLC More...
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Betty Keith v. Mountain Resorts Development, LLC

¶ 1 This case is about land in Park City, Utah—a little town that has undergone many transformations. Mormon pioneers first traveled through the area on their way to Salt Lake City. When prospectors discovered silver in the hills, it became a mining boomtown, then, when the price of silver fell, it was nearly deserted as a ghost town—but industrious residents reinvented it as a luxury resort ... More...   $0 (08-08-2014 - UT)

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