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Cathleen Elisabeth Norton

Beverly Hills Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Will second job count for calculating alimony/ temporary spousal support in california?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. John Noah Kitta
    2 lawyer answers

    The short answer is, yes, an income you earn will be counted as part of a temporary spousal support order. However, since the purpose of temporary spousal support is to maintain the "marital standard of living," you could argue that the additional income does not reflect what your income was during the marriage and, thus, should not be included for the purposes of calculating temporary spousal support. Unlike child support, the judge has a lot of discretion in making temporary spousal support...

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  2. Family law Restraining order going permanent?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Maltaise E Cini
    3. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4 lawyer answers

    If there is still a legal basis to keep the restraining order in place, you can have it renewed for either 5 years or permanently. Look on your DV-130 form and make sure you file your request for the renewal 3 months before the expiration of the current restraining order. You will have to go to court, so you may want to hire a family law attorney to assist you. At the hearing, you do not need to show any "abuse" since the original restraining order was issued, but you do need to show a...

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  3. I want to marry my boyfriend. But I don't want my spousal support to stop from my former 30 year old marriage. How can I do that

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. George Baker Richardson
    3. Donald Frederick Conviser
    4. Lisa Bloom
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is you can't have your cake and eat it too. The law creates what is called a "rebuttable presumption" that you have a reduced "need" for spousal support even if you are cohabiting with a member of the opposite sex. So even now, your ex-husband can ask to modify or terminate spousal support if you are living with your boyfriend. I suggest you consult with an experienced family law attorney to explore your options. Good luck to you.

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  4. Do i have the right to meet the person who is watching our child when my ex-husband is not around.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Michael Charles Schwerin
    2 lawyer answers

    No, you cannot withhold visitation under the facts you describe. If you are concerned about the girlfriend watching your child in dad's absence, then the proper course of action is to file an OSC to modify the custody plan since the court intended the dad to spend time with his child, rather than have a third party babysit while he is at work. That said, you need to hire an attorney to defend you in the contempt action. The stakes are much higher in a contempt action since it can result...

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  5. How to include money matters in the hearing about child custody & visitations without giving a bad impression about myself?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Dennis Patrick Wilson
    3. Joseph Torri
    3 lawyer answers

    Depending on the judge, you should probably keep issues of child support separate from issues of custody and visitation, unless you believe that the reason dad is requesting more custodial time is to reduce his child support obligation. Ideally, you should hire an experienced family law attorney who can represent you at the hearing. If that is not possible, I suggest that you begin educating yourself on the factors that the court will consider relevant on a custody and visitation request....

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  6. If I marry someone who is paying spousal support, does my income allow her to ask for more support?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Michael Charles Schwerin
    3. Robert Ricci
    3 lawyer answers

    No. Your income is irrelevant to how much support your new spouse pays his/her ex. Family Code Section 4323(b) makes this point clear: "The income of a supporting spouse's subsequent spouse or nonmarital partner shall not be considered when determining or modifying spousal support." Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

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  7. My husbands brother has supported him to a total of $24,000 a year for the past 20 years. He just cut him off. Husband is 75

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. George Baker Richardson
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    No.

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  8. A person has been trying to serve me with a subpeona for a Child Support court date, if they can't will I get a warrent?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Dave Bahr
    2 lawyer answers

    You are evading service and 1 of 2 things will happen: First, if you are eventually found and served, the judge will not be happy with your attempts to evade service. Don't be afraid. There is no reason to hide from the service--don't you want the court to know your side of the story? The only way that's going to happen is if you willingly accept service and tell the judge whatever you want to say. Second, if you are successful in your attempts to evade service, the result is no...

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  9. What is the proper POS form to use when serving a RFO in Calif?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Wail Sarieh
    3. Stephen Ross Cohen
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, if the RFO was personally served, that form is fine--make sure you had it served 16 court days prior to the hearing. :) If you served the RFO by mail, you could have used the FL-335. Now, you just need to prepare to reply to her Responsive Declaration, if/when she serves it. If financials are at issue, make sure you file and serve a current Income and Expense Declaration. Good luck.

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  10. Can my daughters father reduce child support

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rebekah Ryan Main
    3. Christy Michelle Carlisle
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, if the judge awards him 50/50 custody, then your child support will be reduced (assuming he checked the box on the OSC form and also requested a downward modification of his child support obligation, and included an Income and Expense Declaration with his request). If your hearing is on Tuesday, then I hope you already filed a Responsive Declaration with the Court explaining why he shouldn't have more time with your daughter. You may want to consider hiring an attorney on a...

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