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  • Can I pick up my husband from prison if we have a restraining order?

    He when to prison 2 yrs ago his getting realize pretty soon and I wanna go pick him up but not sure if I can do that

    Curtis’s Answer

    I agree with the previous attorney's comments. If it is solely your husband who was restrained from being around you, there is normally no reason you cannot pick him up because there is no order requiring you to stay away from him. He, however, cannot initiate the contact against your wishes. That said, be careful and there are very valid reasons that restraining orders are put in place, including your personal safety. Good luck.

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  • My husband didn't put me into his health insurance benefits even though there is a court order. What to do?

    I filed for divorce and I'm the petitioner. We are on the process of Stipulated Judgment. When I received his PDD, I noticed that he filed his taxes for two years as single (and we are still married) and he didn't put me into his insurance, even t...

    Curtis’s Answer

    I agree with the previous comments regarding filing a contempt Request for Order in your Family Law matter if orders have been violated. If you incurred costs related to no insurance, you may need to obtain a reimbursement order from your Court for any unpaid amounts incurred by you. The violation of a Restraining Order is a substantial legal issue and can have many financial and possible jail related consequences. You really should seek an attorney to obtain additional information, and if the contempt relates to stay away orders or such report any violations to law enforcement. Good luck.

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  • Will using medical marijuana work against me in a castody hearing? In ca...

    I have a custody hearing how does family court look at medical marijuana use?

    Curtis’s Answer

    I agree with previous comments that the use of marijuana, even if it is medicinal may not be looked upon as favorable by the Family Court during custody hearings. The child custody counselors and judges are usually conservative by nature and what they try to focus on is how the use (if medically prescribed) of the marijuana will effect that parent's ability to care for the child. If there is no prescription, many courts will simply treat it like any other illegal drug and order supervised visitations. I suggest you find a local family law attorney and further discuss it in detail. Good luck.

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  • I just got divorce and already have a judgement. My ex husband owes me money and supposed to pay monthly.

    I just got divorce and already have a judgement. My ex husband owes me money and supposed to pay monthly but stopped making payment and owes me money for months now. The money he owes me will take him years to pay. He now lives out of state and cu...

    Curtis’s Answer

    To enforce a California judgment, there are various levy methods including obtain a writ of execution. If the money owed is for child or spousal support, there are additional remedies as well including contempt of court. If your ex-husband resides out of California and his assets and/or employer are now in that state, you will need to obtain a Sister State Judgment in that state to enforce the California judgment. This is a complex area and you really need to find a qualified attorney to help you collect the money owed.
    I have attached a link which generally describes the enforcement of judgments in California. http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/small_claims/collect.shtml Good luck!

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  • Are child support payments ever forgiven?

    My children are now grown and are 36 and 41 years of age. Their father never paid one penny child support and he owes me $60,000 of court ordered payments.. I am in desperate need of money at the moment. Is this money every collectable or do I ...

    Curtis’s Answer

    In California there is no statute of limitations, or time limit, on collecting overdue child support ("arrears"). In addition, child support arrears carry legal interest thereon which in most cases is ten percent (10%) and the amounts now due may be substantial. Contrary to an earlier statement, if the child support was payable to you and not assigned to the County or State of California, there is no estoppel or laches for the failure for you to collect support which would prevent you from going forward. I agree with previous posts that you should seek a family law attorney, presumably with some collection background, to help with the matter. Good luck.

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  • 1- what will be his child support payment according to the court formula? see below for 2 other questions and more info

    If my 2014 income was $9,226 I have my girls 87% of the time my ex 2014 income $25,000 he has them only 13% 1- what will be his child support payment according to the court formula? My oldest daughter is turning 18 on May ...

    Curtis’s Answer

    There is not enough information provided to properly calculate guideline child support. You will need to put in deductions for medical expenses, mandatory retirement, hardships for additional/new children, plus other issues. You also have to provide marital status, and other information. The following link provides a free online guideline calculator provided by the State: www.childsup.ca.gov/resources/calculatechildsupport.aspx. You should seek proper legal counsel or at least a paralegal if you want better information related thereto.

    Once a child turns 18 and is no longer a full-time high school student then child support for that child ends pursuant to California law (absent agreement of the parties). The guideline formula should provide findings and a breakdown of the proper support for each child. Good luck.

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  • Not working do to an injury,but i have sole custody of both children, do i get tax return from ex if he claims them

    Court granted me full custody of the kids,but my ex is going to claim them on the tax return,do i get money from that or does he keeps it, since he is claiming them

    Curtis’s Answer

    As the previous attorneys indicate, absent a written release to the IRS if you have the children more than 1/2 the time for the tax year you normally have the tax exemptions for the tax year. You should review this with your financial/tax person. That said, many times there is a Court order releasing the exemption to the non-custodial parent which generally increases the paying party's child support obligation but saves money for tax purposes and increases support to the party who has little or no income. You should review your previous orders for any such provisions and consider the release of exemptions if you wish to modify the current order if such a provision is not in place. Good luck.

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  • Divorce 401K question

    I’m going through divorce in CA. My question is that when we divide our assets, do we put 401K amount at the time of separation OR 401K amount that is in the account now. His 401k was $20K when we separated but now that we are about to finalize ...

    Curtis’s Answer

    It depends. 401(k) contributions made after the date of separation or before the date of the marriage are the separate property of the party who contributed the same into the plan. The community property interest amount is measured by the amount contributed during the marriage. If the $20K you talk about was contributed during the marriage by your husband, that 20K amount is used plus any normal increases or fluctuations need to be added/subtracted to determine the community share. If he put in more after separation, that portion is usually his. A Qualified Domestic Relations Order is entered by the court in most of these cases with detailed instructions on how the amount is calculated. If you need to find a specific amount, then you need a qualified financial person to determine the same. Obviously, if it is community property your share is 1/2 of the amount contributed during the marriage. Go see a qualified attorney about this issue.

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  • Does my ex get child support while she lives in another county and not custody the children?

    Early in the divorce case, we got 50/50 times share and I pay my ex CS. Now she moves to another county and has not custody the children. Does she still qualify for getting the CS?

    Curtis’s Answer

    With limited exceptions, a child support order continues until modified by the Court. That said, immediately file a Request for Order to modify child support if you have now "full custody". It is a simple process and you would be well served to find an attorney or at least a paralegal to help you prepare the pleadings.

    There is California case law which holds that you have equitably paid child support if you have full custody, but that leaves it up to a judge to decide and you must make an application to such equitable relief. The better approach is to go to Court ASAP to modify the child support order.

    Good luck.

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  • Do I need a lawyer to go with me for a support modification hearing? I had to request a continuance due to unfair treatment.

    My ex is claiming I have 2 jobs, not true. The problem, I showed my paystub to court representative who seems to believe my ex. She had no paystubs. The reps looked on computer to EDD site and went off income from old job (my income was higher th...

    Curtis’s Answer

    As evidenced by your question, you probably need both legal advice and to have the attorney present at the hearing. You should obtain legal counsel if you don't fully understand the court pleadings, the process and/or procedures in court. An experienced family law attorney will know what you need to bring to court, how to approach the representative, and how to bring the matter before the Judge or Family Law Commissioner if there is a problem. He/She will also be able to obtain financial information from your "ex" or at least enough information to explain the situation to you and the Court. Please consider that even if the attorney costs you a certain amount, that amount most likely will be offset by the reduced amount of support to be paid in the future. Good luck.

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