As Professor Shaun Martin of the University of San Diego School of Law says on his Blog, California Appellate Report:
"It's tough to figure out who to root for here.
"In the red corner, we have Maryanne Sorge. In the blue corner, we have Joseph Sorge. Maryanne and Joseph were married, but are now divorced."
After their divorce, Maryanne, the ex-wife of Joseph, who is a wealthy businessman, sought a modification of a child support order after she learned he'd sold his business for $100 million. Joseph challenged the modification on the grounds that he had invested millions in a start-up company and had significant losses. He wanted the trial court to base his support on the income he actually had, not imputed income. The court determined that it could use the high earning capacity Joseph could have had rather than his actual income in calculating child support. Sorge also appealed the award of sanctions and also of attorney fees.
It seems that Joseph was pretty steamed after a trial court judge ordered him to pay his ex-wife's attorney fees in a post-judgment child support modification. Sorge was ordered to pay $200,000 in legal fees for his ex-wife's attorney during and after a bitter child support modification motion. Subsequently, he was ordered to pay about $60,000 for her appellate attorney fees. Plus sanctions . . .