Bittenson: Attorney Fees; Family Law Attorney’s Real Property Lien

In re Marriage of Bittenson (Attorney Fees; Family Law Attorney’s Real Property Lien)

California Court of Appeal, Second District

Published Opinion, (2019) 41 Cal.App.5th 333

File Date:
Filed 10/22/2019

The husband gave his attorney three Family Law Attorney’s Real Property Liens (FLARPLs) on the family residence totaling $250,000 for fees to handle his divorce case under Family Code section 2034. The family court found that the FLARPs were recorded without providing notice to the wife and reduced the liens to $150,000 because the full amount could have impaired an overall equal division of community assets and debts. The appellate court affirmed because Family Code section 2034, subdivision (c) permits a family law court to reduce or limit a FLARPL after the lien is recorded.

Bittenson 10-22-19

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