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Cathleen Elisabeth Norton

Beverly Hills Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Father never returns phone calls, so I can speak to child, while child is in his custody, what can I do?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rebekah Ryan Main
    2 lawyer answers

    You may need to bring this issue to the court's attention. In doing so, you want to document the times of your attempted calls, and dad's lack of a response. You may also want to consider suggesting to dad that you use Skype or some other form of video conferencing so that your daughter's communications with you seem more "real" since it is difficult to get a 6 year old to stay on the phone more than a few minutes. I suggest you speak to a family law attorney to explore the legal options...

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  2. Can I send another Schedule of Assets and Debts to be completed with my form interrogatories and production request set 2?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rebekah Ryan Main
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
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    The Form Interrogatories includes a request for the other party's Schedule of Assets and Debts. Check the box, provide a blank form, and you will receive an updated Schedule of Assets and Debts, along with all the attachments it requires (assuming it is completed properly). In my practice, having a properly completed Schedule of Assets and Debts informs the way I choose to litigate a case. It is vital to any settlement negotiations as well. Also, make sure your document production...

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  3. Have physical & joint legal cus. Terms for judge granting permission to move out of state w/my child are?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rebekah Ryan Main
    2 lawyer answers

    There is a rather well-developed body of law with regard to move-away requests. Take a look at Marriage of LaMusga for starters. Be prepared to answer the following questions : What is your plan for ensuring the other parent continues to have a bond with your son? Are you willing to give up summer vacations and holidays? Who will pay for travel expenses to/from California? Most people cannot prepare a move-away case on their own, so if you can make peace with your attorney, I suggest...

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  4. I went in on an Ex-Parte to request an earlier hearing date on our support hearing. The father has paid for support for our 2

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rhonda Diane Ellifritz
    3. Lewis George Khashan
    3 lawyer answers

    The father's attorney will likely argue that there were no "exigent circumstances" warranting an ex parte child support order. You should argue that it was an "emergency" situation and the judge had the authority to order child support on an ex parte basis. You should also argue that the emergency child support order is in the best interest of the child and the father is not prejudiced by having to wait until a court hearing to modify the order. That will give you enough time to review their...

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  5. Can I ask for an extension on family court.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Nadine Marie Jett
    3. Robert T Senh
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    You need to count backwards from the hearing date. She is required to serve you at least 16 COURT days before the hearing. Court days do not include weekends and holidays. You have to file and serve your Responsive Declaration 9 COURT days before the hearing. Also, check the upper right hand corner to see what date the court stamped it. If there is a long delay between that date and the date she served you, then I would recommend hiring an experienced family law attorney to assist you in...

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  6. Can the court to give me full ownership of my home (joint tenancy) b/c ex-husband has not paid a cent towards it since he left?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Donald Frederick Conviser
    2. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    3. Howard M Lewis
    4. David Alexander Yomtov
    4 lawyer answers

    If the court reserved jurisdiction over the disposition of the family home, then you need to go back to court and ask the court for the order you seek. However, I strongly advise you to consult with an experienced family law attorney to advise you of your legal options. The course of action you take depends a lot on how much equity is in the house, when the house was bought and for what price, what the post-separation contributions were to the mortgage payments and property taxes, etc....

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  7. What can I do about paperwork filed against me with knowingly untrue information?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rebekah Ryan Main
    3. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3 lawyer answers

    What you need to do is dispute the allegations set forth in her declaration in your responsive pleading and file your own Income and Expense Declaration with the required attachments to disprove her assertions about your finances. The family law facilitator's office should be able to help you. Good luck.

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  8. Preparing a Formal Judgment-- Do I serve to OP?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
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    Whenever you file any documents with the Court, you must also have a copy served on the opposing counsel. The person to serve the documents must be at least 18 years old and not a party to the action. Essentially, the judge asked you to prepare a "proposed" judgment with a proof of service indicating that you served a copy on the opposing party. If the opposing party does not object to the proposed judgment, then the Court will sign it, and you will receive a signed copy of your judgment...

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  9. Child support in California is base on Net income or Gross income (what are deductions are) ?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Jamaul Dmitri Cannon
    3. Jennifer Renee Posey
    3 lawyer answers

    My colleague is correct: The court uses gross income and tax filing status, etc. for DissoMaster purposes, and the software calculates net income. But if you want to know more about how guideline child support is calculated, I am including the actual statute below (and then you will understand why family law attorneys use a proprietary program to calculate support. :) 4055. (a) The statewide uniform guideline for determining child support orders is as follows: CS = K [HN -- (H%)(TN)]....

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  10. My questions are..Will I be entitled to temporary spousal and child support if I am the one that files for the divorce?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. David Raymond Mahood
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    4. Rick D Banks
    4 lawyer answers

    You may be entitled to spousal support and child support under the facts you describe, and it has nothing to do with which party filed for the divorce. It is best to begin educating yourself about the issues commonly found in family law cases, and I am including links below that may be helpful. You can also go to your local family law facilitator's office for assistance. Good luck.

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