You can do any of the above. You can go after community property assets to satisfy your debt but not assets that the spouse owned prior to the marriage. Also, many of us attorneys have access to Lexis Nexis, which can give you an idea of what assets are out there that belong to the debtor and enable you to attach a lien. A debtor's exam is a good way to go because you can immediately question the debtor as to what bank accounts they have so that you can initiate a bank levy. Best of luck to you.
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With judgment in hand a good collections attorney would be a good next step.
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Cheapest thing to do would have been to file an abstract of judgment against him in every county in CA you know he lived in so that the judgment would have become a lien against any real property he owned. That would have prevented the trasnfer of real estate to a relative. A debtor exam is pretty inexpensive and the combination of being under oath after being personally served will work on some people.
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