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California Family Law Prac & Proc 2nd ed.
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Judgment of Dissolution or Legal Separation


Kathryn Kirkland, Diana Richmond, and Sandra Mayberry.

Chapter Summary


Chapter 122 covers judgments of dissolution and legal separation.

The chapter discusses the rules governing finality of a judgment for purposes of terminating marital status. It addresses the effect of a refusal to enter judgment. The chapter discusses the res judicata effects of a judgment of dissolution. It outlines the procedures for obtaining a judgment in regular and bifurcated proceedings, and the required notices regarding the entry of judgment. The chapter also addresses restoration of a wife's former name, and entry of judgments nunc pro tunc.

The chapter also discusses the nature of legal separation judgments. It compares legal separation judgments with dissolution judgments, and explains the effect of a judgment of legal separation on subsequent dissolution proceedings.

The chapter also includes illustrative forms pertaining to judgments of dissolution and legal separation.

California Family Law Practice and Procedure guides practitioners through California's procedural and substantive law with respect to a wide range of family law matters including marital dissolution, adoption, paternity, and unmarried cohabitation.It provides a "one-stop" resource for all issues that arise in the family law context, providing answers for both the litigation and transactional aspects of this complex practice area. It guides the practitioner through clear, in-depth treatment of issues, practice tips, form instructions, illustrative forms, and citation to current authority.


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Chapter 12 discusses judgments of nullity of marriage.

Chapter 97 addresses summary dissolution proceedings.

Chapter 121 discusses statements of decision.

Chapter 130 explains the modification of judgments and orders.

Chapter 131 discusses motions to set aside judgments.

Chapter 132 addresses the judgment of judgments.

Chapters 140 to 142 cover the enforcement of judgments, with special considerations

applicable to out-of-state and foreign judgments being addressed in Chapters 150 and 151.

Chapter 25 discusses the effect of a judgment of dissolution on succession to marital property, and chapter 160 addresses the tax effects of a judgment of dissolution.


California Community Property with Tax Analysis (Matthew Bender) provides further discussion on the tax effect of judgments.

See California Family Law Litigation Guide (Matthew Bender) for practical insights and information necessary to help attorneys move step-by-step through all pretrial and trial phases of complex marital dissolution proceedings.

See Complex Issues in California Family Law (Matthew Bender) for authoritative analysis of difficult issues in family law, complete with sample forms, letters, agreements, and proposals for change.

See California Forms of Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender)for detailed analysis of the law, plus timesaving forms, checklists and research guides. It covers all aspects of procedure in civil actions and proceedings.
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