Marriage of Aviles & VulovicAnnotate this Case
In March 2011, when husband Pedro Aviles and wife Jessica Vulovic got married, Jessica’s divorce from a former husband was not yet final. She later testified she was unaware of this; she discovered it only in May 2011, and she obtained a final judgment of divorce in March 2012. In April 2013, Pedro and Jessica went through a second marriage ceremony; in September 2013, they went through a third marriage ceremony. In 2020, Pedro filed the present divorce proceeding. The trial court found that Jessica was at least a putative spouse; on that basis, it awarded her spousal support and attorney fees. Pedro contended that, as a matter of law, Jessica did not qualify as a putative spouse. Pedro also contended the trial court erred by basing spousal support on his 2020 income rather than his 2021 income. The Court of Appeal concluded Jessica qualified as a putative spouse because she adequately showed that, at the time of the original marriage, she had a good faith belief that she was unmarried. The Court found Pedro filed a false income and expense declaration for 2020, therefore, the trial court could reasonably disregard his income and expense declaration for 2021 and rely instead on what Jessica showed was his true 2020 income.