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In re The Marriage of Wood
California Court of Appeal
44 Cal. Rptr. 2d 236 (1995)
In 1989, Camilla Wood (defendant) and William Wood (plaintiff) divorced. As part of the divorce decree, Camilla was awarded custody of the children and William was ordered to provide $1,375 per month in child support. William’s child-support obligation was later modified based on his increased earnings. In 1992, Camilla married William Casparis. In response to Camilla’s new marriage, William sought a reduction in his child-support obligation and filed an order to show cause. William argued that Casparis’s wealth provided a special circumstance to reduce William’s child-support obligation. The trial court held a hearing on the matter. The trial court determined that Casparis’s income should be considered in making a child-support-modification decision but only for the purpose of evaluating Camilla’s and the children’s standard of living. The matter was appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wunderlich, J.)
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