February 19, 2020

Family Law Tentative Ruling Announcements

Please note that the family court issues tentative ruling announcements on the court day prior to the scheduled hearing for specific types of motions. Tentative rulings are only provided on the Internet and posted in the clerk’s office lobby. Internet postings occur at 1:30pm daily at www.stanct.org.

Parties are not required to give notice of intent to appear to preserve the right to a hearing. The tentative ruling will not become final until the hearing. (Stan. Cnty. Local Rules, rule 7.05.1) However, as a courtesy to the Court, and other parties or counsel with matters on calendar, notice of intended appearance or non-appearance is encouraged and may be sent by e-mail to the following address: familylaw.tentatives@stanct.org between the hours of 1:30 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail from the clerk, you may call to speak directly with a Calendar Clerk at 209-530-3107.

Any party filing pleadings or documents on a tentative ruling matter within five (5) days of the hearing should provide a courtesy copy to the Courtroom Clerk and the Court’s Family Law Research Attorney by placing a copy in the drop box slot on the door of Room 223, Second Floor of the main Courthouse. Failure to do so may prevent the Court from consideration of such, may result in a continuance, and/or may be considered in the award of conduct-based fees and costs. (Stan. Cnty. Local Rules, rule 7.05.1(B).)

All parties and counsel are required to meet and confer in a good faith effort to resolve the dispute on any request, motion or hearing, with the exception of those involving domestic violence, and to exchange any documents upon which reliance will be made at the hearing. (Cal. Rules of Ct., rule 5.98; Stan. Cnty. Local Rules, rule 7.05.1(C).) Failure to do so may result in a continuance and may be considered in the award of conduct-based fees and costs, or both. If sufficient information regarding an adequate pre-hearing meet and confer effort is not provided in the moving and opposing papers, in the Court’s discretion, the matter may be placed at the end of the calendar and not called until the parties or counsel advise the Court that they have complied with their obligations and/or resolved the matter.

Date: February 19, 2020                               

The following are the tentative ruling cases calendared before Judge Alan Cassidy in Department #11:

FL-18-001641 – HERRERA-EVANS VS EVANS – Attorney for Respondent’s Motion to Be Relieved—GRANTED.

The effective date of the order relieving counsel will be delayed until proof of service of the signed order is filed with the Court.  (Cal. Rules of Ct., rule 3.1362(e).)

693194 – TORRES VS TORRES – Respondent’s Request for Order re Child Custody, etc.—HEARING REQUIRED.

Respondent has filed proof of service of the Court’s Minute Order of January 29, 2020, continuing the hearing to the present date and time. The Court has granted Respondent’s request for temporary orders granting sole custody of the minor child, but no mediation has yet taken place due to service issues.  Respondent also seeks an order to change venue to Sacramento County and asserts that Petitioner has moved to the city of Oakland in Alameda County.  As this is a dissolution case in which judgment was entered in 2014, the Court is authorized to grant a change of venue if doing so is fosters the convenience of the parties and the ends of justice.  (Code Civ. Proc. § 397.5.)  However, Respondent offers no proof of Petitioner’s residence, and focuses solely on his own convenience.  Whether the temporary custody orders will become permanent has yet to be determined.  As such, until the custody and visitation dispute is resolved, the Court finds Respondent’s showing to be insufficient and a change of venue premature at this time. The transfer request is therefore denied without prejudice to renewal after the present custody dispute has been resolved.

The following are the tentative ruling cases calendared before Judge Valli K. Israels in Department #13:


The following are the tentative ruling cases calendared before Judge Jack M. Jacobson in Department #14:


The following are the tentative ruling cases calendared before Judge Kellee Westbrook in Department #25: