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Steven Gary Hittelman

Newport Beach Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. Can i move out my parents house at 18 without permission?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    2 lawyer answers

    In California you are legally and adult on your 18th birthday. I would make sure before moving out that you have all the support you need to take care of you and your baby. If you need help with child support then you should contact your county's Department of Child Support Services.

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  2. How can I protect my child if his mother is around the man she got a restraining order for a year against?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Charles Schwerin
    2. Steven Gary Hittelman
    3. John Howard Crouch
    3 lawyer answers

    You can go to the court and find out if the protective order is still in effect, and if your child was included in the order. If your child is included, and the order is still in effect, then the boyfriend is violating the order and is subject to being arrested. If the order is no longer in effect that does not mean that your child is in a safe environment; go to the courthouse and get a copy of your ex's paperwork filed for the restraining order. You can use that statement as a basis for...

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  3. How do I emancipate my 23 year old who is not attending college?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Charles Doland
    2. Robin Mashal
    3. Steven Alan Fink
    4. Steven Gary Hittelman
    4 lawyer answers

    Is your question about paying child support? If so then child support terminated as a matter of law when your son was 18, or at his high school graduation if that happened later. Is your question about payment of college tuition? If so there is no law requiring a parent to pay for college tuition in California. However, if you have a court order that requires you to pay for his college I would look to the terms to confirm that they require full-time courses, a grade-point average, or a term...

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  4. Continuing Custody Trial?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
    2. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3. Patricia Christine Van Haren
    4. Robin Marie Estes
    4 lawyer answers

    If you have a custody hearing on the court's calendar then you've likely filed a response (or the moving papers themselves) asking the court to make orders. I suggest you supplement your request to ask for a change of custody; that way if the custodial parent does not show to the hearing then you can ask the court to proceed by "default" and ask for the change of custody. I also suggest you search AVVO for a child custody attorney in your area, or contact the L.A. County Bar Association for a...

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  5. Is perjury in a family court law chargeable and how can I prove a mother is unfit to have her child's primary physical custody?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
    2. William David Ausman
    2 lawyer answers

    The first part of your question is a bit difficult; how can you prove that the mother lied in court? If you have those facts that show she knew the truth then (arguably) they should have been brought-up in court at that time. Court's don't necessarily want to have to re-hear cases when a party had a chance to bring the truth to light but didn't. It sounds more like you have a change of circumstances, given your stepson's reactions at recess, but the trouble may be showing their's a connection...

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  6. Automated tools child support

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
    1 lawyer answer

    Their "automated tools" cover a lot of different areas. The Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is able to do a lot of things administratively that a private attorney either can't do or can't do in the same amount of time. When a parent opens a file with DCSS all the information gets sent to the State of California's computer system. That means that any agency operated by California is notified, so that the DCSS doesn't really have to "make" anything happen. Some of those automated...

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  7. Need Therapist Testimony Re: Interaction with Child

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
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    The therapist may be concerned about the "psychotherapist-patient privilege" under the California Evidence Code, and which she has to protect. If your ex is hostile to your getting expanded custody rights then the therapist is also likely concerned about a complaint to her licensing board from her if she goes to court voluntarily. Your idea of having her subpoenaed to court is good, but she may not be able to testify about anything your child said (or even did) during their sessions if the...

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  8. Mother in jail wants to give up all parental rights.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
    1 lawyer answer

    Unfortunately in California she can't give up her parental rights unless there's someone else ready to pick them up. You CAN enter into an agreement with her acknowledging that you are his father, and giving you sole legal and sole physical custody rights. Then file a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship asserting your parentage, and requesting amendment of the birth certificate and sole legal/physical custody. You would be able to use the DNA test to confirm your parentage and the...

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  9. How to calculate child support in CA?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Gary Hittelman
    2. Virginia Giselle Alvarez
    2 lawyer answers

    There is the California "Guideliner" program - available as indicated at the www.ca.gov website. You can also look for "XSpouse", which has a demonstration version to give you an indication on what you should pay. California's child support guideline formula is a bit more complicated than comparative gross incomes & timeshare, since it's based upon how much after-tax money (net disposable income) you have available for support. If there's no court order then there's no enforceable obligation...

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  10. Changing venue for child support? Can I file in my new state or do I have to do it Ca or ask CA for change in venue?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Richard Melone Bryan
    2. Steven Gary Hittelman
    2 lawyer answers

    There is a set of laws called the "Uniform Interstate Family Support Act" that has been adopted by all 50 states in one form or another. What that Act can be summarized to mean that as long as one of the parents remains in the "Initiating State" (California for your case) then that state has "continuing exclusive jurisdiction" to make decisions about child support. Since your Ex still lives in California any changes to child support would be heard here in California. While you CAN waive your...

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