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Cathleen Elisabeth Norton

Beverly Hills Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. My attorney recommended getting a status only divorce to get x to be off ins. Is this a good move or is there something better?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Donald Frederick Conviser
    2. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    3. Erin Patricia Farley
    3 lawyer answers

    You are mistaken if you believe that bifurcation of status will negate your obligation to provide health insurance for your spouse. The relevant portion of Family Code 2337 is quoted below for your review: Until judgment has been entered on all remaining issues and has become final, the party shall maintain all existing health and medical insurance coverage for the other party and any minor children as named dependents, so long as the party is eligible to do so. If at any time during this...

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  2. How do I make sure I get credit (Epstein) for paying community property debt during my divorce? Spouse will not pay anything.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Gregory Paul Benton
    3. Stephen Ross Cohen
    3 lawyer answers

    Requests for reimbursement on post-separation payments toward community debts are typically handled at the time of trial. You will need to file a Request for Trial Setting, and then prepare your exhibits regarding the reimbursements for trial. However, you must remember that if you are living in the family home, whatever amount you pay towards the mortgage might be offset by the benefit you receive by living there. I strongly suggest that you hire an experienced family law attorney on a...

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  3. Can a restrained person in a granted 5 year domestic violence restraining order request restraining order termination/dismissal?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Henry Lebensbaum
    2 lawyer answers

    He can request a modification of the restraining order, but I doubt that a judge will grant it. On the contrary, I think the judge will be upset that he is using the court system to harass you and get a "second bite at the apple" so to speak. The judge has already made its findings regarding the "abuse" and issued a 5 year restraining order based of the evidence at the trial. According to your question, he is simply trying to say "judge...you got it wrong--you didn't give me a chance to...

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  4. How likely is for the father with a restraining order, who is allowed supervised visitations only, to get physical custody?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Rhonda Diane Ellifritz
    2 lawyer answers

    It is often difficult to untangle a web of lies, but it is far from impossible. The best advice one can offer is for you to retain an experienced family law attorney to assist you in presenting your case in the most favorable light possible. Your response should be calm and well-reasoned, and should address each and every allegation which is untrue. The problem these days is that LA County Superior Court judges are so overworked with their respective case loads that they often do not...

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  5. I WAS MARRIED 31 YEARS DIVORCED 9 EX WAS SUPPOSE TO PAY ME COURT ORDERED 1200 A MONTH HE THAN REMARRIED STOPPED PAYING

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Marshall William Waller
    2 lawyer answers

    No he cannot decide to lower the amount amount of court ordered spousal support on his own. If he could, then court orders would have no legal effect at all. Based on these facts, he probably owes a large amount of arrears. But as you have already figured out, you will probably need to hire a lawyer to help you resolve this issue by filing a contempt action, etc. The problem you seem to have had is finding the right attorney to represent you. When you are interviewing lawyers, make...

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  6. Am 65 i get social security my x gets 500 a month cause i am retired i also have a court order to pay 212 a month

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Michael Charles Schwerin
    3. Rebekah Ryan Main
    3 lawyer answers

    How old is your child?!? And your ex-wife? :) The answer to your questions is yes, if your social security income is lower than your income at the time the court ordered child support was made, then you are entitled to modify the child support amount. Good luck.

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  7. Is FL-180 the final proof of divorce or is there a final divorce decree?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

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

    What you need to look for is a document called Notice of Entry of Judgment. The court will send you a stamped copy in the mail, usually with a stamped copy of your Judgment. Look for it. If you've found it, then great--you're divorced. You won't receive anything called a "final divorce decree" or anything like that.

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  8. Are a spouses school loans considered community property?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally speaking, if the school loans were acquired recently then they will be confirm to your husband as his separate property debt. The more critical concern for you is whether you would have to pay him spousal support since you were the "breadwinner" in the relationship. Since there may be other issues you may not even be aware of, you probably should consult with a family law attorney to do some pre-divorce planning. I have included some links below which may prove helpful to...

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  9. What happens to someone who doesnt follow court orders?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    2 lawyer answers

    Yikes! It depends on the judge. But when the violation is serious or repeated after several warnings, the court can (and will) seriously consider changing custody to the other parent. In LA County, judges take violations of custody orders quite seriously.

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  10. In california, can my ssdi income become alimony. if so what is the usual portion of the monthly income.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Roman Edward Ybarra
    2 lawyer answers

    The 2 issues are entirely distinct from each other. The 401k is an asset and will be divided according to community property laws in California. Spousal support, or alimony, is based on your income. I have included a link below which will provide you with some more information about what the legal definition of "income" is under the Family Code. What you are suggesting is to propose a "buy-out" of your spousal support obligation. It may not be a bad idea, but you should consult with an...

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