Family Law Judge Properly Grants Substantial Sanctions Against Party Whose Misconduct Increased Litigation Costs

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In Marriage of Davenport, 2011 DJDAR 6386 (2011), the California Court of Appeal for the First District rendered an important decision reiterating the policies established by the California Family Code relating to the alleged misconduct of one of the family law litigants.

The parties were married for more than 40 years. During that timeframe, they accumulated significant marital assets and had three daughters. The parties separated in 1990, and in 2006, the wife filed a petition for dissolution of the marriage.

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