TENTATIVE RULINGS – FAMILY LAW DEPT. 20
Friday September 17 2021, at 9:30 a.m.
Commissioner Becky Rasmason
(3055 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA)
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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 you must contact the Judicial Assistant by telephone at (707) 521-6732 by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday September 16, 2021. Any party requesting an appearance must notify all other parties of their intent to appear.
Hon. Becky Rasmason
Friday September 17, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.
SFL44112 REBUELTA and IBARRA DISSOLUTION
Ms. Challoner’s motion to be relieved as counsel for Respondent is GRANTED.
SFL085418 SWOR and HEINS DISSOLUTION
Ms. Estes’ motion to be relieved as counsel for Respondent is GRANTED upon the receipt of a proposed Order that contains Respondent’s current or last known address.
SFL085492 STROMBERG DISSOLUTION
No tentative ruling is prepared due to the court receiving notice that a continuance has been requested. If no continuance date is provided by counsel prior to the call of the calendar on 9/17/2021, then the court shall select another date when the parties and counsel appear on 10/1/2021.
SFL086721 De GUZMAN DISSOLUTION
There are two motions pending, one filed on 8/4/21 (RFO to compel answers to Form Interrogatories) and the second filed on 7/6/21 (to compel production of a Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.) Both motions were filed by the Respondent.
The court finds that the failure to respond to both requests as set forth above was directly and solely related to the failure of Petitioner’s prior attorney to communicate with his client, prepare and serve the discovery that was requested, and to communicate with Respondent’s attorney regarding the delay. The court has also been advised that Petitioner’s former attorney had been (and continues to be) very ill. For these reasons, the court DENIES Respondent’s request for sanctions related to both motions.
As to the requests themselves, the responses sought by the Respondent have now been produced. As such, the issues regarding the production are moot as to both motions.
That leaves the request by the Respondent for attorney fees incurred for the preparation of the two motions before the court. The court GRANTS the Respondent’s request for fees in the combined amount of $4370, allocated $1500 for Petitioner’s failure to timely respond to Form Interrogatories and $3230 for Petitioner’s failure to timely respond to a request for a Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.
SFL64411 ZAVALA and SANCHEZ DISSOLUTION posted at 4:19 p.m.
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