Debra Vaniman Crawford’s Answers

Debra Vaniman Crawford

Monterey Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Is Legal Separation an option for me after my spouse has filed for Divorce?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    If your husband has filed a divorce action you should proceed in that action. You can file for temporary support and possession of the house in the divorce action. If one person wants a divorce, it will be granted. You should see an experienced family law attorney to discuss your options.

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  2. My husband is asking me to waive maintenance in exchange for relief from an underwater house and credit card debt. Advisable?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Jonathan David Leventhal
    2. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    3. Robert Lewis Firth
    4. Michael Byk
    5. Stuart Gregory Steingraber
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    I would suggest that you find an experienced attorney in your area that can do a free consultation for you to go over the specific details. You should not let your husband try to influence or scare you.

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  3. What can be done to preserve my retirement funds during a divorce in a community property state?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Curt Perri Bogen
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    3 lawyer answers

    You should sit down with an experienced family law attorney to discuss this in detail. There may be ways to protect your retirement depending on the circumstances, including the date of separation. Also, you can send a notice to your retirement to protect it until the divorce is final.

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  4. A divorce financial planner recommended I take 100 percent spousal support rather than child support. Is this to my benefit?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Athina Karamanlis Powers
    2. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    3. Tobie Brina Waxman
    4. Scott L Levine
    5. Gregory Paul Benton
    5 lawyer answers

    They may be taking about Family Support which is a combination of Child Support and Spousal Support and has the same tax consequences as Spousal Support -- which is deductible to the payer and taxable income to the payee. Collaborative law is supposed to benefit all parties. If you are feeling uncomfortable or that it is not fair, you may want to have a consultation with a separate attorney to go over what is happening and whether your feelings are justified.

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  5. What does this mean in divorce case? "Notice-Acknowledgement of Receipt Filed by Petitioner"

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    2. Tobie Brina Waxman
    3. Joseph Torri
    4. Levi N Weikel-Magden
    4 lawyer answers

    A Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt is is way of accepting service of court papers. Did you sign one?

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  6. Help with attorny in family law

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    2. Arnold William Gross
    3. Benjamin Scott Wishart
    4. Jay Carl Stoegbauer
    5. Fernando J Bernheim
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    You need to try to find a pro bono lawyer. Contact your local bar association. Contact the self help center at your courthouse. Search the internet. At the very least seek a free consultation from a local lawyer. Good luck !

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  7. My wife filed abandonment papers while she had a protective order against me in place and the judge granted the divorce. legal?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    2. Edna Carroll Straus
    3. Gregory Paul Benton
    3 lawyer answers

    California is a "no fault" state so I'm not sure what you mean by "abandonment papers." You should take the paperwork to an experienced family law attorney to figure out what happened.

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  8. We reach an settlement agreement, I signed it and was told to start action ASAP by my Attorney but nothing was sign by the spous

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Richard Glenn Elie
    2. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    3. John Noah Kitta
    4. Edna Carroll Straus
    4 lawyer answers

    If it wasn't agreed to in Court and if it wasn't signed by your spouse it may not be an actual agreement. You should check with your attorney on the status of it!

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  9. What should i do if my husband left but he still loves me ? He says he wants me to give him time but i dont know if i should

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    2. Gregory Paul Benton
    3. Dawn M. Saenz
    3 lawyer answers

    This is a difficult situation. I would suggest going to a family therapist to discuss your relationship with him. If he won't go with you, then go alone. I also suggest consulting with a family law attorney so that you know what your legal options are - especially the amount of support he should be paying.

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  10. Can my son's mother move him to vegas FROM san francisco on such short notice and with no documentation of custody?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford
    2. Paula Brown Sinclair
    3. James Daniel Tresmond
    3 lawyer answers

    If there is no custody action or custody order then she can move. Filing and serving a Paternity or Custody Case will stop her from being able to move from the State pending the action. Consult with an attorney immediately if you want to preserve your rights.

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