Should You Ask for Spousal Support?

“Flip or Flop” star Christina Haack and Joshua Hall each filed for divorce Tuesday in an Orange County court. Joshua requested spousal support (also known as alimony) and asked to terminate the court’s ability to award support to Christina, while Christina’s petition requested the court to terminate support for both parties. This case raises the question that faces many California divorce clients: Should you ask for spousal support?

This article will help you answer that question for yourself by providing an overview of spousal support based on information from Forbes’ guide on California alimony and the California Family Code Section 4320 and California Courts Self-Help Guide.

Types of Spousal Support

California recognizes two main types of spousal support:

  1. Temporary Spousal Support: This type of support is awarded during the divorce proceedings to help the lower-earning spouse maintain financial stability until the final divorce decree. The primary aim is to preserve the status quo during the litigation process.
  2. Permanent Spousal Support: Despite its name, this support is not necessarily lifelong. It is awarded once the divorce is finalized and is based on a variety of factors aimed at ensuring fairness and financial balance post-divorce.

Determining Spousal Support

The determination of spousal support in California is influenced by several factors, as outlined in California Family Code Section 4320. These factors help ensure a fair and equitable support arrangement:

  • Length of the Marriage: Generally, the duration of the marriage plays a significant role in determining the length and amount of support. Marriages lasting ten years or more are often considered “long-term,” which can lead to longer support durations.
  • Standard of Living: The court aims to ensure that both parties can maintain a lifestyle similar to what they enjoyed during the marriage. This involves assessing the standard of living established during the union.
  • Earning Capacity and Job Market: The court evaluates the earning capacity of both spouses, including their marketable skills, job market conditions, and any need for additional education or training.
  • Age and Health: The age and health of both parties are crucial factors, as these can impact their ability to earn an income and meet their financial needs.
  • Contributions to the Marriage: Non-economic contributions, such as homemaking and supporting the other spouse’s career or education, are considered when determining support.
  • Financial Needs and Obligations: The financial obligations and needs of both spouses, including debts and assets, are taken into account to ensure a balanced support arrangement.

Duration of Spousal Support

The duration of spousal support in California varies. For marriages lasting less than ten years, support typically lasts for half the length of the marriage. For longer marriages, the court has more discretion and may award support for a longer period. The goal is to provide the lower-earning spouse with enough time to become self-sufficient.

Modifications and Termination

Spousal support orders are not set in stone and can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income, employment status, or financial needs. Spousal support typically ends upon the remarriage of the recipient or the death of either party. Additionally, cohabitation with a new partner can also impact the support arrangement.

Retain an Experienced Family Law Attorney

At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of California family law and can help you decide whether to seek spousal support in your divorce. We focus on serving clients in Solano, Napa and Yolo. Contact us today at 707-451-4502. For more information and assistance with spousal support and other family law matters, visit

How to Bring Up a Prenup Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Bringing up a prenuptial agreement can be a sensitive topic for many couples, but this article will discuss suggestions on how to approach this difficult conversation, with ideas originally published in a HuffPost article entitled, “How to Bring Up a Prenup without Sounding Like a Jerk.”

A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is a legal document that outlines how a couple’s assets will be divided in the event of a divorce and a postnuptial agreement is the same, but agreed to after marriage. Why would you want to bring up a prenup or postnup? According to a CDC report, over a 10-year period, 43% of marriages end in divorce, so understanding your financial risks and liabilities in advance of divorce can be very helpful to streamline the divorce process later on.

Timing is Everything

When bringing up a prenup, timing is crucial. Avoid discussing it during high-stress moments or when you’re in a heated argument. Choose a calm, private setting where both of you can talk openly without distractions. According to HuffPost, it’s best to start this conversation well before the wedding planning begins, giving both partners ample time to consider and discuss the agreement.

Frame it as a Joint Decision

Presenting the prenup as a mutual decision rather than a one-sided demand can help ease tension. Emphasize that a prenup is a way for both of you to protect your individual interests and the financial health of your marriage. For instance, you might say, “I think it would be good for us to talk about a prenup to make sure we’re both protected and clear on our financial expectations.”

Focus on the Positive

Highlight the benefits of having a prenup. Explain how it can provide peace of mind and prevent future conflicts. Mention that it’s not about mistrust but about being proactive and responsible. The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation suggests discussing financial matters openly as part of healthy relationship practices.

Be Honest and Transparent

Transparency is key when discussing a prenup. Share your reasons for wanting one and listen to your partner’s concerns. Avoid using ultimatums or making it seem like the prenup is non-negotiable. Instead, approach the conversation with empathy and a willingness to compromise.

Seek Professional Advice Together

Consider consulting with a financial advisor or attorney together. This can help ensure that both partners understand the legal aspects of the prenup and feel that their interests are being fairly represented. It also demonstrates that you’re taking a collaborative approach to the agreement.

Use Real-Life Examples

Sometimes, real-life examples can help illustrate the importance of a prenup. Share stories of friends or family members who have benefited from having one or faced difficulties because they didn’t. This can make the concept more relatable and less intimidating.

Reassure Your Commitment

Reiterate your commitment to your partner and the relationship. Make it clear that the prenup is not about doubting the marriage’s success but about protecting both of you in the future. Assure your partner that you’re in this together, and the prenup is just one part of a broader conversation about your future.

Follow Up

After the initial conversation, give your partner time to process the information. Follow up later to see how they’re feeling and to address any further questions or concerns. This ongoing dialogue can help build trust and ensure that both partners are comfortable with the decision.

Contact a California Family Lawyer

Bringing up a prenup is difficult, but with planning and consideration for each other, you can discuss a prenuptial agreement in a way that respects and values both partners’ perspectives. At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law, and we focus on serving clients in Solano, Napa and Yolo. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Says He Forces Prenups On Family

Kevin O’Leary recently made headlines when he appeared on Fox Business and revealed that he forces prenuptial agreements on his family and forbids them from merging finances with their partners. He explained, “You must, in this society, maintain your own financial identity. You have to. Because 50% of marriages end in divorce for financial stress over the first five years of marriage.” This article will discuss in depth why Kevin O’Leary says he forces prenups on family and why prenuptial agreements can be a good idea, not just for the rich and famous, but for any couple.

Why Kevin O’Leary Believes in Prenups

  • Clarity and Security:
    • Prenups provide a clear understanding of financial expectations and responsibilities.
    • They ensure that both parties know their financial rights and obligations.
    • This clarity helps prevent misunderstandings and disputes in the future.
  • Protecting Assets:
    • Prenups help protect family wealth and individual assets.
    • They ensure fair distribution of assets in case of divorce.
    • This protection is crucial for maintaining financial stability.
  • Open Communication:
    • Discussing and agreeing on financial matters before marriage fosters transparency.
    • Open communication about finances builds trust between partners.
    • It sets a foundation for honest financial discussions throughout the marriage.

For more detail from the O’Leary interview, check out this article from Yahoo Finance.

Prenups: Not Just for the Rich and Famous

Contrary to popular belief, prenuptial agreements are not only for wealthy individuals or celebrities. NPR reports here that prenups are becoming more common among everyday couples. They can be particularly beneficial for these situations:

  • Second Marriages:
    • Prenups are common for individuals entering second marriages because they may have already accumulated significant assets or debts or may have concerns specific to their children, such as assets set aside for college.
  • Significant Assets or Debts:
    • Couples with significant assets or debts can benefit because a prenup can foster open communication and planning prior to marriage.
  • Fair Division of Assets:
    • They can reduce conflict and legal costs during a separation.

Debunking Prenup Myths

There are many myths surrounding prenuptial agreements that can deter couples from considering them. Business Insider debunks several common misconceptions:

  • Only for the Wealthy:
    • Myth: Prenups are only for the rich.
    • Reality: Prenups can benefit anyone, regardless of wealth.
  • Signify Lack of Trust:
    • Myth: Prenups mean you don’t trust your partner.
    • Reality: Prenups are practical tools for financial planning and security.
  • Complex and Unnecessary:
    • Myth: Prenups are overly complex and not needed.
    • Reality: Prenups can be straightforward and beneficial for clear financial planning.

David Knecht Law Can Help You

Whether you have significant assets or whether you are simply planning for the future, the attorneys at David Knecht Law can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement.  At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of California family law. We focus on serving clients in Solano, Napa and Yolo. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

Divorce Dilemma: To Settle or Go to Trial?

If you follow Hollywood divorces, you may have seen the story on MSN which reported that just one day prior to her passing from cancer, Shannen Doherty, finalized her divorce. Doherty is best known for her roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed.” With the timing of her divorce settlement the day before her death, Doherty’s divorce has been in the public eye. Doherty, like most people engaged in a divorce, faced the classic divorce dilemma: To settle or go to trial?

This article will discuss the Doherty settlement and suggest ideas five steps to help you evaluate your own divorce case with ideas originally published by Forbes, in an article addressing this common divorce dilemma.

Doherty Settlement Details as per Fox News:

  • Asset division: Shannen Doherty retained ownership of certain assets, such as their Malibu home, three vehicles and four bank account s and 100% of the community property interest in retirement assets for her Screen Actor’s Guild pension plan.
  • Shannen’s image: Images of Doherty taken by Iswarienko are to be removed from his website, and he is “prohibited from exploiting the photographs” of Doherty.
  • Support: Prior to her death, Doherty claimed that her ex-husband, Kurt Iswarienko, was prolonging their divorce in hopes that she would die before he was required to pay her. See Fox News.  Both parties agreed to terminate support. For more details, visit US Magazine.

Step 1: Consider Your Priorities

  • Priorities: A key step in deciding whether to settle or litigate is to determine what your divorce priorities are and to see whether a settlement can address them.
  • The Doherty divorce is an interesting case study because the issue that reportedly was a main point of contention – ongoing support for Shannen Doherty – ended up being somewhat moot, considering that she died just a day after the divorce was settled.
  • None of us has a crystal ball, and the Doherty case illustrates the challenges in evaluating where to give and where to take in a divorce settlement.

Step 2: Analyze the Advantages of Settling in Your Case:

  • Cost-Effective: Settling outside of court can save significant legal fees and other costs associated with a lengthy trial.
  • Time-Saving: Settlements are typically faster than trials, allowing both parties to move on with their lives sooner.
  • Control: Couples have more control over the outcome, negotiating terms that work best for both parties rather than leaving decisions to a judge.
  • Privacy: Settling keeps personal matters out of public court records, maintaining privacy for the involved parties.

Step 3: Evaluate the Disadvantages of Settling in Your Case:

  • Potential for Unfairness: One party may agree to terms that are not entirely fair due to pressure or a desire to conclude the process quickly.
  • Lack of Finality: If not handled properly, settlements can leave issues unresolved, leading to future disputes.

Step 4: Weigh the Advantages of Going to Trial for You:

  • Legal Resolution: A judge makes decisions based on the law, which can be beneficial if one party is uncooperative or unreasonable.
  • Binding Decisions: Court decisions are legally binding and enforceable, providing a clear and definitive outcome.
  • Fairness: The court aims to be impartial, which can lead to a fairer distribution of assets and responsibilities.

Step 5: Forecast the Disadvantages of Going to Trial for You:

  • High Costs: Trials are expensive, with costs including attorney fees, court fees, and other expenses.
  • Time-Consuming: The trial process can be lengthy, often taking months or even years to reach a conclusion.
  • Stressful: The adversarial nature of trials can be emotionally draining for both parties.

Making the Decision

Deciding whether to settle or go to trial depends on various factors, including the complexity of the assets, the level of conflict, and the ability of both parties to negotiate fairly. Consulting with a knowledgeable divorce attorney can provide valuable guidance tailored to your specific situation.

Contact an Experienced California Divorce Attorney

Deciding whether to settle or go to trial depends on various factors, including the complexity of the assets, the level of conflict, and the ability of both parties to negotiate fairly. Consulting with a knowledgeable divorce attorney can provide valuable guidance tailored to your specific situation. At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of California family law. We focus on serving clients in Solano, Napa and Yolo. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

Navigating Divorce and Co-Parenting in the Age of Social Media

If you follow Hollywood relationships, you may have seen headlines about Jennifer Lopez without her wedding ring. See

Perhaps you’ve seen publicity about Billy Ray Cyrus unfollowing his fiancée.

These are examples of how social media can be a powerful tool that can impact relationships with ex’s and children, especially during a divorce. This article will discuss the impact of social media on divorce proceedings, with suggestions on how you can avoid any negative repercussions of social media posting in your divorce case.

What does the scientific research tell us about the social media and divorce?

  • Pew Research conducted a study of couples and social media. See
  • Interestingly 2/3 of couples share passwords.
    • Consider changing passwords for all accounts during divorce, unless otherwise instructed by court order or your attorney.
  • 27% of internet users in marriage or committed relationships have an email account they share with a parter, and 11% us social networking sites with a shared social media profile.

What are the risks of social media during a divorce?

  • Potential evidence: assume that anything you post can be accessed and used against you, so make sure that you are not posting anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable being seen by the court.
  • Possible public disputes: Negative exchanges on social media can escalate tensions and complicate the divorce process.
  • Impact on your children: With the emotional challenges your children are likely facing as part of the divorce, consider the impact any post about the situation may have on their feelings.

What are best practice recommendations for social media during a divorce?

  • Think before your post. Be wary of posting about new relationships, lavish purchases, or any negative commentary on the court process.
  • Adjust privacy settings to limit who can see your posts.
  • Avoid posting any details or opinions about your divorce proceedings.
  • Monitor tagged content. Don’t forget that even if you are careful, content by family and friends could still impact your case.
  • Consider taking a break from social media during your divorce to avoid the pitfalls of online activity.

What are concerns to keep in mind with social media and co-parenting?

  • Avoid public discussions and especially fights with your coparent through social media.
  • Be aware that every source of communication may be a basis for a request for discovery later, so it may be easier to always communicate with your co-parent through one tool.
    • If you use messaging from multiple accounts, emails, texts, etc. then you’ll likely later have to pull up all those different messages, which can be inconvenient and time consuming.
  • Monitor your children’s online activity. Your parenting practices and habits may be an issue in your case, so you want to be assured that your child is not using social media in a way that could make you look like a parent who is not actively involved.

David Knecht Law Can Help

At David Knecht Law, we have extensive experience guiding clients through the intricacies of divorce and co-parenting, including the challenges posed by social media. Our team can help you develop strategies to protect your interests and navigate the legal landscape effectively. At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law, and we focus on serving clients in Solano, Napa and Yolo. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

5 More Tips for Success in Your California Divorce Deposition

Are you prepared for your divorce deposition? This article will help get you ready. It is part 2 of a two-part list.

This article will suggest general best practices for witnesses in a divorce deposition with ideas that were originally published here: See also

Never volunteer information.

  • It is the opposing counsel’s job to ask the questions and your job to answer them. Do not help the other side by volunteering information.

Do not guess when responding to a question.

  • Witnesses often feel pressured to know the answer to everything, but you can only answer to the things you actually know.
  • Make sure you understand the question itself and ask for more clarification if needed.
  • If you do not remember, then just say that you do not remember.
  • If you do not know the answer, then just say that you do not know.

Ask to see the document.

  • If the attorney is asking you about an email, text, or document (such as a report or a statement), ask to see the document. You are not expected to remember everything, and it will benefit you to have the document in front of you.
  • Even if the attorney has not referenced a document, you can preemptively strike by asking if there are any documents that they are aware of that relate to their question to refresh your recollection.
  • If the attorney insists that the document states a certain fact, you can ask him or her to point to you the section they are referencing. Many witnesses may feel pressured just to agree without holding the opposing counsel accountable to identify where in the document they are referencing.

Ignore the opposing counsel’s nonverbal manipulations.

  • Sometimes attorneys use ploys to try to get you to second guess your answer or to feel uncomfortable. This could be in the form of silence, a tilted head, raised eyebrows, a stare of disbelief or a look of shock. Ignore these cues and wait for the next question. Do not fill the silence with words.

Stick to your answer.

  • The opposing attorney may ask you the same question ten different ways to try to get you to change your answer. Watch out for the attorney saying, “I can’t remember if I asked you this, but…” They are either trying to get a different answer from you or trying to emphasize something they think is important to their case. If your original answer was accurate, stick to it.

Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney

At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law. We will be by your side in all phases of your divorce process, including preparing for your deposition. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

5 Tips for Success in Your Deposition in a California Divorce Case

If you are anticipating a deposition in your divorce, you may be a little nervous about how to do your best in answering the questions. This article is part 1 of a two-part list.

This article will suggest strategies for success in your divorce deposition with ideas that were originally published here: See also

Prepare by reviewing documents prior to the deposition.

  • Prior to your deposition, you may want to review any documents that have already been filed to jog your memory about the details of events.

Plan to tell the truth.

  • Talk with your attorney before the deposition about how to handle bad facts. Some witnesses feel tempted to lie to cover up facts that are potentially harmful to the case, but your attorney likely has a plan already on how to handle those facts.
  • An article from Family Lawyer Magazine shared some helpful insight on what the author dubbed the “lying continuum”:
    • On the one hand, neither you nor your spouse is likely to go to jail for lying in a family law case.
    • On the other hand, lying in one area reduces your credibility in the case as a whole. The other side will be looking for evidence to show your lie, and you may get caught. Furthermore, the person that is lying often has a hard time keeping the story straight for the duration of the deposition or the case as a whole.
    • See

Listen to the question.

  • Listen to the question that was asked and answer only that question. You do not have to volunteer information.
    • For example, if the attorney were to ask, “Do you have a watch?” and you answered, “Yes, it’s 10 am,” this would be an example of where you did not answer the question. The answer would be yes or no only.
  • You have many options on how to answer:
    • Yes, no, I don’t know, Can you explain the question, Can you explain this term? Etc.

Pause and think before answering.

  • Taking time to ponder your answer can be very useful during a deposition. It allows a second for your attorney to object to the question if that is appropriate. A common reaction to the stress of questioning is to try to answer quickly, but taking time to think through is usually a much better approach.

Don’t expect to win the other side over.

  • A common misconception with depositions is that this is your chance to win the other side over, so a witness may try to convince the opposing attorney of their position. This is typically a mistake. The opposing attorney’s job is to be a zealous advocate against you, so you can expect him or her to be incredulous of anything you say. Also, beware if the opposing counsel seems particularly nice, as they are not your friend and may want to trick you into talking more than you need to.

Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney

At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law. We will be by your side in all phases of your divorce process, including preparing for your deposition. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

What is a Deposition in a California Divorce Case?

In a divorce case, both parties have the right to find out information through a process called discovery. Discovery can be in the form of written questions, requests for documents, or depositions. A deposition allows opposing counsel prior to trial to question a witness who is sworn to tell the truth. This article will explain basic information relating to deposition with information originally published here:

How long is a deposition?

Who is present?

  • Your attorney and the opposing counsel will be present. Your spouse may also be there. Any other attorneys, such as a Guardian Ad Litem, will also be at the deposition, and a court reporter.

What is the purpose of the deposition?

  • The opposing counsel has several objectives 1) to discover what you will say at trial 2) to commit you to statements under oath to prevent you from changing your story, 3) to gauge your likeability and credibility.

When will my attorney object to questions at a deposition?

  • Your attorney may raise many objections during the course of the deposition, and here are some examples derived from this article:
    • Form of the question, such as vague, compound question, unclear or confusing
    • Relevance of the question, with the purpose to weed out questions that are unnecessarily harmful or time wasting.
    • There are certain relationships, such as attorney-client, where the communications are protected.
    • Asked and answered. This is an objection that is used when the attorney is defending the client from badgering from an attorney who keeps asking the same question over and over.
    • Legal conclusion. If the question calls for a legal conclusion, as opposed to facts, then this objection applies.
    • Mischaracterization of testimony. In the deposition, the attorney may misrepresent an earlier answer in a subsequent question.
  • It is your attorney’s job to make the objections and to tell you whether to answer the question, but it can be helpful to be aware that objections may be made.

What if I need to delay a scheduled deposition?

 Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney

At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law. We will be by your side in all phases of your divorce process, including preparing for your deposition. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

How Do I Get My Coparent to Stop Alienating?

One of the most common concerns during or after a divorce is a coparent alienating a child against the other parent. Alienation is where one parent intentionally uses tactics to manipulate the child to fear or dislike the other parent. In California, parental alienation is not a crime, but it can be a factor in determining custody and visitation. This article will give examples of illustration, discuss legal strategies for documenting evidence to support a claim of alienation in litigation, and discuss non-legal practices for helping your children resist the harmful effects of alienation with ideas originally published here:

What are examples alienation tactics?

  • Telling a child lies about the other parent.
  • Keeping important information about the child from the other parent.
  • Ignoring custody orders.
  • Undermining the other parent’s authority.
  • Preventing contact or communication between the child and the other parent.
  • Attempts to ruin the other parent’s visitation or custody time.

What legal strategies can be used to combat parental alienation?

  • Allegations of parental alienation are usually only effective if they are supported by evidence, so the first step of a legal strategy is documentation of the tactics.
  • Parenting time – keep detailed notes of parenting time to document when the other parent tries to manipulate your child against you.
  • Witnesses – any third party observer of the other parent’s manipulations can be helpful to bolster your case.
  • Documents and pictures – text messages, emails, pictures, social media posts, or any other written or photographic evidence can be helpful in proving your case.

What techniques can I use to help my children resist the harmful effect of alienation?

  • Mirror strength – how you react will be a model for your children. If you respond to their rejection with calmness and love, this will show them that your love is unconditional and help them see through the lies that the other parent is telling.
  • Take back your power – recognize that you cannot change another person, but you are in complete control of yourself. Rather than focusing on the negative narrative that the ex is spinning, create a positive story for your children by always taking the high road. Treat your ex and the children with respect, and over time, your children will grow to understand what is really going on.
  • Take proactive action – communicate consciously, plan ahead, use email and text so that you don’t end up in verbal altercations with the other parent. Contact a family law attorney, and take the recommended steps to fight the alienation to the extent that you can through the court system. Most importantly, put in the work to be there for your children in every way. Believe and live with the mantra that “Love always wins.”

Contact an Experienced California Family Law Attorney

If you have questions about parental alienation or any other aspect of California family law, contact us today. At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law, and can help you with divorce, modification, prenuptial agreements, or any other family law issue. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.

Frozen Embryos and Divorce: New Legal Developments

Because of advances in technology, millions of people have become parents through in vitro fertilization (IVF). For various reasons both scientific and practical, most IVF cycles result in additional frozen embryos, which become the subject of dispute upon divorce. This area of the law is developing in many states, and this article will summarize a famous California case, the recent developments in federal law that may impact embryo cases, and the latest battle over embryos in Texas. Information about statistics from the following:

Vergara v. Loeb, California case

  • This case involved embryos created by the actress Sofia Vergara and her ex fiancée.
  • After the relationship ended, Vergara wanted to block him from using the embryo.
  • The court sided with Vergara, granting her a request for a permanent injunction preventing Loeb from using the embryos.
  • Takeaways: the written contract governing the use of the embryos was enforced by the court
  • Link to the case can be found here:,45

Supreme Court case, Dobbs, may impact embryo law in the future

  • In 2022, the United States Supreme Court changed the legal landscape for abortion.
  • Previously as per Roe v. Wade, abortion was a Constitutional right.
  • With Dobbs, the Supreme Court reviewed the common law and historical support for abortion, and finding it lacking, held that there is no Constitutional right to abortion.
  • This decision leaves the power in the hands of individual states to determine whether abortion is legal in each state under state law.
  • This case may have an impact on embryo law, as some may argue that there is no Constitutional right not to parent (which has been the reasoning behind some states awarding embryos to the party who does not want to be a parent).
  • The link to Dobbs can be found here:,45

New Developments in a Texas Embryo Case

  • ABC News recently reported that the Supreme Court in Texas has requested briefing on an embryo case. See
  • The briefing request does not mean that the Supreme Court will consider the case, but it is a step in getting review from the state’s highest court.
  • The wife in the case is arguing that the Supreme Court Dobbs decision changed the legal landscape and that her embryos are children.
  • The husband is arguing that the contract the couple executed controls the court’s decision over embryos, which should be defined as property.
  • The link to the case can be found here:,45

Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney

If you have questions about embryos or any other aspect of family law, contact us today. At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law, and can help you with divorce, modification, prenuptial agreements, or any other family law issue. Contact us today at 707-451-4502.