Oct 10, 2015



FRIDAY, October 2, 2015 at 9:30 A.M.                                                                                             COURTROOM #21 – Robert S. Boyd
(3055 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA)

Tentative Rulings

The following Tentative Rulings will become the ruling of the Court unless a party desires to be heard. If you desire to appear and present oral argument as to any motion, it will be necessary for you to contact the Judicial Assistant by telephone at (707) 521-6732 by 4:00 p.m. on October 1, 2015. Any party requesting an appearance must notify all other opposing parties of their intent to appear.            



1.     SFL 48940, Ficco-Clark/Clark:


Motion to be Relieved as Counsel is granted. Counsel Charlotte Creaghan is hereby relieved as counsel for Respondent, Adam Clark.


2.     SFL 50762, Barnard/Sexton:


This unopposed motion is granted. Petitioner’s request for Change of Venue is granted.


3.     SFL 69860, Ptn of Walz & SFL 55389, Craig vs. Walz:


1.     Mr. Craig’s motion to set aside prior order:

The Court denies said motion as Mr. Craig has not identified new facts or new law since the hearing was held. Additionally the Court finds no support for a contention that there was an excusable neglect. Mr. Craig was represented and, according to his counsel, Dee Schilling, was instructed to prepare a response to Mother’s request for production of documents. At that time counsel had made a general appearance for Mr. Craig. Therefore Mr. Craig was required to file and serve a timely verified response and failed to do so. Mother is awarded $3,000 in attorney fees to be paid by Mr. Craig. A payment plan will be determined at the hearing.

2.     Motion for relief from waiver of objections:

For the same reasons as stated above, the Court denies Mr. Craig’s request for relief from his waiver of objections to the propounded discovery.

3.     Motion for relief from failure to respond to requests for exchange of experts:

On calendar Friday, October 2, 2015, is Mother’s motion to reset a discovery deadline in response to the setting of a new trial date. This matter is currently set for a trial setting on November 20, 2015. As it was Mother’s request that there be a continuation of discovery, a discovery deadline has not yet been set. Therefore, all discovery deadlines will be set once a new trial date is set.

Additionally, a motion for visitation in SFL 55389 is also on calendar. The current order in that matter is that there is to be no visitation between the minor child and Mr. Craig until resolution of the parental termination action.


4.     SFL 63750, Raffaini/Smith:


This unopposed motion is granted. All objections by Respondent are waived. Respondent is to provide a verified response within 30 days.

Assuming no appearance is required on 10/2/15, Petitioner is awarded attorney fees in the amount of $652.50 which can be applied as a credit against spousal support at the rate of $200 per month.

This matter is scheduled for master calendar for trial setting on March 16, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. 21.

Trial briefs and witness lists are to be served and filed 10 days before the master calendar date.

Respondent is directed to contact the Family Law Facilitator’s Office to assist her in preparing the required response.


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