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  • Does this mean I'm divorced?

    I'm in LA. Does this mean our divorce is final yet? 04/03/2014 Notice-Entry-Default Filed by Petitioner 02/05/2014 Proof of Service-Summons & Com Filed by Petitioner 02/05/2014 Judgment-Package Received-2336 (Sent to Dept SWH for proces...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    You need an Entry of Judgment before the divorce is finalized. The earliest date the Entry of Judgment would be entered is 6 months from the Date of fiing of the petition. However, keep in mind different courthouses in LA will take a different amount of time to process a Judgment package. So it could be soon or take a few more weeks/months.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay A. Paul, Esq.
    www.DreamLawCA.com

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  • What happens if one spouse has a deed alone for house bought during marriage, other spouse given up all rights notarized documen

    the house was bought using saving before marriage and the house was bought 3 years ago and the spouse who is not on the deed did not work 2 of the 3 years. Would he be able to ask for anything. Is it in benefit of the owner of the house to sell th...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    These are very complicated questions that cannot be answered in a few sentences. Since this is your future and your retirement and assets, I would highly advise you seek an in-person consultation with a lawyer to sort through this.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay A. Paul, Esq.
    www.DreamLawCA.com

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  • Paying mortgage during separation

    My husband chose to remain in our home when we separated, we have no children. He has informed me he cannot pay the mortgage, which is less than fair rental value. The house will need to be sold eventually anyway so I have no desire or ability to ...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    If your husband stays in the community home until it is sold, you could likely get reimbursements from him for any mortgage payments made by you during this time until the house is sold (assuming there is some equity) in the divorce settlement. However, this will likely only happen if there is equity in the home.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay A. Paul, Esq.
    www.DreamLawCa.com

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  • If you do not want your spouse to get your pension what is the best approach to divorce? An aggressive lawyer or collaborative ?

    My marriage of 20 yrs. is ending and it is not my choice. My husband can financially benefit from my pension as he did not save much toward retirement and is unemployed. What is the best strategy toward saving my pension? We have tried a mediator ...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    Agree with all the other wonderful answers provided. You can not keep your pension to yourself, unless your husband allows you to, or you trade something for it. You will likely need to hire a QDRO attorney to divide the pension and you can likely share the costs of doing so with your husband.
    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay A. Paul, Esq.
    www.dreamlawca.com

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  • Marital separation

    What are the advantages or disadvantages of a legal separation.

    Sanjay’s Answer

    You cannot get re-married if you are legally separated. Most people choose legal separation for religious purposes, or to maintain health-insurance, etc. I would tend to agree with the other attorney that a legal separation generally speaking tends to be a waste of time and money, since you will have to start a whole new proceeding to get divorced.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay Paul, Esq.

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  • My daughter is getting divorced.

    MY daughter doesn't have the money for and attorney. Soon to be x husband is a heavy drinker and he has had domestic violence cases against him. He wants full custody of my grandchild he doesn't work and says that he was the care taker of their c...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    I agree with all the other answers on here. However, you also indicated that "he has the money." I'm not sure what you mean by that, but if he has access to money, your daughter may be able to hire an attorney have her attorney fees paid by her husband. Either way, your daughter needs to get representation as this is an urgent matter.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay Paul, Esq.

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  • My wife wants to get a divorce and still continue to live together.

    My wife wants to get a divorce and still continue to live together. She says that she is tired of so much debt, and that I have not provided a home. On top of that I am on paid administrative leave at work fighting to get my job back as a teacher....

    Sanjay’s Answer

    Not only can you likely get your attorney fees paid by your wife, you may also be entitled to some spousal support and child support. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible. If you don't fight for your rights, no one else will.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay Paul, Esq.

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  • Boyfriend has been separated over 2 years, I have moved into the house they own together with him and his son. Repercussions?

    His wife moved out over 2 years ago. House is upside down. I moved in (from another state) with him and his son 9 months ago. She's still on title.

    Sanjay’s Answer

    Your question is vague. However, some basic info you should know is that you cannot marry your current bf until his divorce from his now current wife is finalized. For it to be finalized, it has to first be started. If your bf is recieving any spousal support from his wife, it can be terminated for co-habitating with a person of the opposite sex.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay A. Paul

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  • My husband wants to give me the house free-and-clear upon divorce. Should I take this offer?

    My husband (of 12 yrs) and I are legally separated, and our divorce will be final Oct. 23rd. I haven't worked since 2005. My husband is in the military and has been paying the mortgage. He wants to end all our financial ties upon divorce primar...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    Your husband does not get to "decide" whether he wants to end all financial ties with you and he certainly does not get to decide whether you "deserve" a portion of his retirement." As the other attorneys have indicated wisely here, I hope you have some legal representation on this matter. It does not matter if he has moved on and started his new family. So what should you do? Make an appt to speak with a family law attorney near you immediately.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay Paul

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  • Do I have full custody of my child, if the biological father isn't present? He's not on her birth certificate, I am only.

    My child is three years old and her biological father doesn't attempt looking for her. Do I automatically gain full custody of my child, if her biological father isn't present? I've been a single mother for three years, he also wasn't in the pictu...

    Sanjay’s Answer

    You need to do you best to find out his location. Contact all of his family members and friends that may talk to you and see if you can figure out an address. You can also utilize this website to locate persons: www.zabasearch.com

    Otherwise, wait until he comes around again, then you can have a third party personally serve him with the paperwork.

    Best of luck,

    -Sanjay Paul

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