Domestic Violence as an Alimony Contingency: Recent Developments in California Law


Stasia Rudiman


Faculty editor: Paul Horton
Publication: Contemporary Legal Issues
Volume: 22
Start Page: 498
Year: 2015
Type: Article


The past half decade has witnessed a significant intrusion of fault-based considerations into California family law and practice. For the most part, these developments have taken the form of legislation mandating divorce-court consideration of domestic violence when they attend to property and support awards. California’s Courts of Appeal, as well, have begun attempting to integrate seemingly insoluble fault-based factors and conditions into a divorce law otherwise blind to fault. In this essay I overview these recent developments in the more general context provided by California law.