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          330 P.2d 947, 952 (Cal. Dist. Ct. App. 1958) (holding that a                
          trial court had the authority, pursuant to a minute order, to               
          direct payment of permanent alimony commencing at a date earlier            
          than the effective date of a decree of divorce).  As an order,              
          the Minute Order and attached Tentative Decision was binding on             
          the parties even though it was subject to modification or                   
          termination by the court and did not constitute a judgment.  See            
          City of Los Angeles v. Oliver, 283 P. 298, 309 (Cal. Dist. Ct.              
          App. 1929).                                                                 
               Section 1007 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (West           
          1980) provides that "Whenever an order for the payment of a sum             
          of money is made by a Court, pursuant to the provisions of this             
          Code, it may be enforced by execution in the same manner as if it           
          were a judgment."  (Emphasis added.)  In Shields v. Shields, 130            
          P.2d 982, 983 (Cal. Dist. Ct. App. 1942), the court held that               
          this section applies to orders for the payment of alimony.  See             
          also Mathews v. Mathews, 193 P. 586, 587 (Cal. Dist. Ct. App.               
          1920) (holding that a provision in an interlocutory judgment of             
          divorce for the payment of certain alimony, though subject to               
          modification, need not be expressly carried into the final decree           
          to be enforceable).                                                         
               Based on the above discussion, we hold that the Minute Order           
          and Tentative Decision constitutes a valid support decree for               
          purposes of section 71(b)(2)(C), and therefore qualifies as a               

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