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Laura Elizabeth Vocke

San Francisco Family Law Attorney.

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  1. How long will it take to obtain a court order for spousal and child support orded to begin in effect and actually recieve money?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Suzanne Ahlport Tong
    2. John Noah Kitta
    3. Margaret Davalene Wilson
    4. Pamela Janet Ross
    5. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues and would like to add that, in your situation, you may be able to have the court order him to pay your attorney fees. Then you can retain an attorney to assist you with making your request for child support and spousal support.

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  2. Can a 13 year old petition to change guardianship from grandparents to uncle?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Janet Lee Brewer
    2. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    3. Michael Roger Schneider
    4. David L. Carrier
    4 lawyer answers

    In California, a minor over the age of 12 may be the petitioner in his or her own guardianship proceeding. Self-petitioning may have added psychological benefits for the minor and make the minor feel empowered to take control of their living situation, which is especially important where the minor is being abused. If the minor does not choose to self-petition, the uncle may be the petitioner. The minor may take an active role in the proceedings by consenting to the guardianship, submitting a...

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  3. Should I seek a different family court attorney?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Nadine Marie Jett
    2. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    3. Wazhma Aziza Mojaddidi
    4. Thomas Allen Neil
    4 lawyer answers

    Avvo is not an appropriate venue for other attorneys to judge whether you should fire your lawyer. Avvo is appropriate for inquiries about legal matters, and not the confidential relationship with your attorney.

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  4. Just Married

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    2. Michael John Apicella
    2 lawyer answers

    Normally, debts acquired before marriage are the separate debts of the debtor spouse. However, collectors can use community property to satisfy debts. Your wife may acquire a community interest in your home through payments and improvements made during the marriage. Therefore, her creditors could go after a portion of interest in your home to satisfy her debts. To protect your interests, I recommend that you enter into a post-nuptial agreement asserting that the collections are her separate...

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  5. Do you recommend submitting the first petition and serving papers before I find a lawyer, just to get the time rolling?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    2. Tobie Brina Waxman
    3. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3 lawyer answers

    I would recommend that you obtain an attorney prior to filing the Petition. The Petition is a crucial document because it gives the court jurisdiction over what issues are to be decided. As such, it should be completed with the assistance of an attorney to avoid needing to file an Amended Petition" later. You may state that separate property and community property is "to be determined" and that you will comply with financial disclosure requirements. An FL-160 Property Declaration is not required.

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  6. Can I file a Petition for Grandparent Visitation in San Diego County? Are there Local forms, I didn't find on Judicial Council.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Margaret Davalene Wilson
    2. Cameron Todd Norris
    3. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    4. Joseph Torri
    5. Robert M. Daniels
    5 lawyer answers

    You may request visitation rights as a grandparent using a Request for Order. Joinder is recommended only if there is already a marital action, such as a divorce, pending. If there is no marital action already pending, you may file without joinder. To learn about which local forms apply, I recommend that you check the court's website or family law self-help program, if one is available. It can be very difficult to obtain visitation rights as a grandparent and certain conditions must be met....

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  7. Can I legally sue a perpetrator of domestic abuse for financial compensation?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    2. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    2 lawyer answers

    You may bring a lawsuit for tort damages against your abuser. You should speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss whether you have a claim for civil damages as a result of the abuse.

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  8. Should I file notes from the Dr. in my guardianship case?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    2. Michael Roger Schneider
    3. Tammi L Faulks
    3 lawyer answers

    It would be preferable to obtain a declaration from the doctor explaining what he knows about the child. If he has personal knowledge of the child's living situation and well-being, he may be willing to submit a declaration to the court attesting to the fact that s/he is the doctor, that s/he knows the mother to be homeless, and that s/he is concerned about the well-being of the child. Second-hand accounts and notes that are not under penalty of perjury are not persuasive to the court.

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  9. How do I correct a HUGE mistake on a OSC filling in CA family court?! I am extremely worried and can't even sleep now!

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Carla Leslie Hartley
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    4. Michael Raymond Daymude
    4 lawyer answers

    You can file an Amended Request for Order and Declaration with corrections for your mistakes. You will need to resubmit and re-serve your Amended Request for Order and Declaration as soon as possible to preserve your hearing date.

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  10. I was just divorced on July 18, 2012. My ex refuses to discuss the extensive monitory outlays are needed for our adult disabled

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John Noah Kitta
    2. David Alexander Yomtov
    3. Laura Elizabeth Vocke
    4. David J. McCormick
    4 lawyer answers

    You may be able to obtain a support order for the continued support of your disabled daughter. I recommend that you consult with a family law attorney to petition the court for such as order.