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Cathleen Elisabeth Norton

Beverly Hills Family Law Attorney.

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  1. ExSpouse is actively transferring to his family, community property that is still being disputed in family law court.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Marshall William Waller
    3. John Noah Kitta
    4. Robert Ricci
    4 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, there is no easy do-it-yourself solution to this problem. If there are significant assets that he is transferring, then you need to hire an experienced family law attorney to assist you. There are certain automatic temporary restraining orders in place once the divorce case begins, which your soon-to-be ex spouse is violating. The bad news is that if you do not hire an attorney before all the property is transferred, then it may all be gone by the time you get to trial and it...

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  2. Can my ex take the children as long as he wants when I have physical custody & we share joint custody, but no visitation sched?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. William Antoine Hannosh
    3. Martha Bronson
    3 lawyer answers

    You situation is typical--although you completed the divorce, the judgment did not specify a parenting plan. Now is the time to fix things. I am including links to model parenting plans, which should be used as a guideline only. Once you and the other parent agree to a fixed schedule, then you can have either an attorney draft an agreement for you or ask for assistance from your local family law facilitator's office. If you and the other parent cannot agree on a parenting plan, you will...

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  3. Can spouse file in county that he just moved to not even a month ago?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    3. Stephen Peter Anderson
    3 lawyer answers

    A party must have lived in the county for 3 months prior to filing for a divorce; you are entitled to change the venue or file your own action in the county in which you reside so long as you meet the jurisdictional requirements. The process is somewhat complicated and you would need to hire an attorney to make the proper motion to the court though. I am including links below which may be of some help. Good luck.

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  4. Is it legal to give me notice to appear in court by a phone call? How do proceed from here?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Hillary Johns
    2. Marshall William Waller
    3. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    4. Rebekah Ryan Main
    4 lawyer answers

    If you received a phone call yesterday afternoon (meaning Saturday) then the other party has not given you proper ex parte notice for the hearing tomorrow (Monday). He must give you ex parte notice by 10 a.m. the day before the hearing (not including weekends). That means he would have had to call you by Friday at 10 a.m. for an ex parte hearing on Monday morning. Call the Court Department where your case is being heard and explain to the clerk that you were not given proper ex parte...

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  5. Any advice on what to say while in court? Will i appear in front of a judge? What is going to happen?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rhonda Diane Ellifritz
    3. Lisa Bloom
    3 lawyer answers

    Just stick to the facts; do not disparage the father. It is irrelevant to the issue of child support and you may look bad doing so in front of the judge. The relevant facts have to do with the financials as reflected on both parties' Income and Expense Declaration. The judge will probably ask you some variation of the following questions: how much time is the dad spending with the child? how much money do you make? how much money does the dad make? do you have a mortgage? If so,...

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  6. Can my ex-husband have my son removed from academic competition because i did not inform him when my son started math club?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Tobie Brina Waxman
    3. Hillary Johns
    3 lawyer answers

    I highly doubt any judge I know of in LA County would take dad's side on this one. It seems pretty clear to me that dad totally overreacted to the entire situation and caused your son to be deprived of an incredible opportunity to advance his academic career. At this point, I'd file an OSC asking for sole legal custody over educational decisions. Nothing was gained by dad's calling the school and making a complaint. And if this is his pattern of conduct, I would bring it to the court's...

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  7. Where can I order a new set of my finalized divorce papers?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3 lawyer answers

    My colleagues are correct. You should have your case number ready and then call the Lancaster Family Law Clerk's office to verify that your case is still there. If it is, then go there in person, fill out the request form/card and the Court staff will bring you your file. You fold over the pages you want copied. Bring cash because the copies are 50 cents per page. If you need a certified copy of the Judgment, then it's some additional nominal fee (I want to say $15, but not sure)....

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  8. Why is it that he doesn't have to pay child support anymore?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Britney L. Malpiede
    3. Brent James Pfeiffer
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4 lawyer answers

    CSSD should receive a copy of the new custody order, and yes, you can request that child support is recalculated based on each party's current income information. Unfortunately, you will be responsible for paying child support in the amount of $91 if that is what guideline child support should be. But you may be calculating the child support incorrectly. Talk to the attorney at CSSD assigned to your case. You don't need to go to court---you can stipulate to the new amount and avoid having...

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  9. Can a proof of service by mail for a request for order in a child custody case in torrance ca be filed at the downtown la branch

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    3. Christa Marie Hill
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer is "no." The clerk's office has a hard enough time getting a document filed correctly in the same courthouse! :) Just re-file the Proof of Service in Torrance if you can.

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  10. Why did I get arrested for domestic violence as the aggressor after calling 911?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Richard Thomas Dudek
    3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    4. Michael L Detzky
    4 lawyer answers

    It is hard to say why you were arrested based on the facts you provide. However, it may have something to do with the fact that you went over to his house so the police assumed you instigated the fight. I assume that he and his girlfriend told the police that you did and they believed him over your story. The most important thing for you do to now is protect yourself against a likely Motion for custody and visitation. If he sought a domestic violence restraining order and obtained a TRO,...

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