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Cathleen Elisabeth Norton

Beverly Hills Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Can I sue the guy i was dating?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    What would you be suing him for? Lying? Cheating? No can do. If he gave you a sexually transmitted disease, then maybe you have a cause of action. Otherwise, you need to count your blessings, be glad that you found out before marriage or having children, and move on. Good luck to you.

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  2. Soon to be ex husband has filed for custody and is requesting a hair folicle drug test, because he HEARD I was using drugs

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Edna Carroll Straus
    3. Atousa Saei
    3 lawyer answers

    In determining what is in the children's best interest, the court must consider things such as the "habitual or continual use of controlled substances" or alcohol abuse by either parent. However, the judge has NO AUTHORITY whatsoever to order you to submit to drug testing simply because your ex heard that you use drugs. In my opinion, the court has no authority to order a drug test as that would be judicial over-reaching on the court's part and is a violation of your privacy rights. The...

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  3. Unbundled Legal Services?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Raymond Daymude
    2. Michael Charles Schwerin
    3. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    4. Scott Charles Maccabe
    5. Edna Carroll Straus
    5 lawyer answers

    Many people who cannot afford to retain an experienced family law attorney on a full service basis opt for what is called "limited scope representation." The advantage to this approach is that the attorney will only charge an hourly rate for work done on your case (i.e., preparation for, and appearance at, the court hearing). The disadvantage is that you do not necessarily get the benefit of full-service representation, which is always best if you can afford it. Might I suggest that...

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  4. HOW DO I RESPOND TO A FL180 JUDGMENT FORM?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Charles Maccabe
    2. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    3. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3 lawyer answers

    The FL-180 (along with the other judgment forms) necessarily means that you and the other party are in agreement with the terms of your divorce. If you are not in agreement, simply don't sign the stipulated judgment. If the judgment terms do not accurately reflect your agreement, then send a proposed judgment that does. An experienced family law attorney can help you draft a judgment that confirms the agreed-upon terms, and it should not be expensive to do so. I suggest that you...

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  5. Judge granted me at will visits, I can visit my son anytime how will my child support be calculated, if there is no set sched.?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    1 lawyer answer

    Very good question. Whenever the judge makes such an order, there is no way to calculate the accurate amount of timeshare each parent spends with the child on a prospective basis. That means that you will need to keep a log of when and how long you visit with your child as that will be used to calculate child support. As you likely already know, child support is primarily based on 2 factors: the relative income of the parents and the amount of time each spends with the minor child. The...

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  6. Can a paralegal work as a mediator? I was served the divorce papers last week, and my ex informed me that he wanted to do a

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2. Pamela Janet Ross
    2 lawyer answers

    Paralegals cannot engage in the unauthorized practice of law. This means that paralegals CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE. If a paralegal is working under the direct supervision of an attorney, then they can draft documents and do other basic functions, but it would be improper for that person to act in the capacity of a lawyer. Moreover, there may be a conflict of interest if the attorney for whom the paralegal is working gives you the impression he/she is working for both you and your...

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  7. Is IHSS income I collect on behalf of my disabled son considered when calculating child support?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    1 lawyer answer

    While reasonable attorneys can disagree, I am of the opinion that your IHSS is considered "income" for calculating child support. As I understand it, you are paid an hourly wage for a certain number of hours per week to care for your son. That work could be outsourced to someone else, but typically a family member provides the services needed--that is the limited knowledge I have on the IHSS program. Just because something is not considered "income" for purposes of the IRS does not mean...

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  8. Family law advice- Teen rights to change parental custody.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

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

    You need to hire an attorney in Oklahoma if the custody orders you seek to modify were issued there. The problem with free/low cost help is that you may not qualify if you live here in CA, since grant money usually requires a non-profit organization to help the local population.

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  9. Can we request child support for the past year when spouse left the child ? Can get trouble if a single mom on welfare ?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Hillary Johns
    2. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2 lawyer answers

    You cannot get child support retroactive, since doing so would violate the other parent's due process rights. If you were on welfare, then your local Child Support Services Department probably already attempted to collect child support from the father, if you disclosed who that was. Even if you could get child support, the taxpayers of California would be paid back first, since you were on welfare for some portion of the time. So either way, you would not be entitled to child support...

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  10. NCP refusing to send child for my half of summer vacation

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Hillary Johns
    2. Cathleen Elisabeth Norton
    2 lawyer answers

    Simply put--you need to hire a lawyer. Unfortunately, the problem you find yourself in is the result of "trying to do it yourself" and trusting that the non-custodial parent would honor his word without a court order. These "side deals" usually end up in more litigation, not less. Doing it right the first time around is always cheaper than asking an attorney to fix a problem when there is an emergency. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You have admitted that you let the child...

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