BRETT THORSTEINSON

Divorce, Family Law, and Child Custody Attorney

(562) 430-7676 or (714) 375-6619

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DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY & FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY


At the law offices of Thorsteinson Law Group, Brett Thorsteinson works to protect the rights of his clients in all aspects of family law. Every client is treated with respect and compassion. He has experience in most courts throughout Orange County, Long Beach, Torrance, Compton, Norwalk and Los Angels County.

As an experienced divorce and family law attorney, Brett will resolve all family law matters including divorce and child custody. Call Brett today for a free consultation to discuss your specific legal needs.

Your goal is to move on with your life, resolve family law issues and reduce stress. With Brett Thorsteinson as your trusted family law attorney, your issues will be resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

SERVING LONG BEACH, BELMONT SHORE, BIXBY VILLAGE & LOS ANGELES


Thorsteinson Law Group's office in Long Beach is located near the Long Beach Airport and the 405 freeway. Call (562) 430-7676 to speak with Brett now.

SERVING HUNTINGTON BEACH, COSTA MESA, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, WESTMINSTER & ORANGE COUNTY


Our Huntington Beach office is located just south of the 405 freeway on Beach Blvd. Call (714) 375-6619 to speak with Brett now.

Brett was absolutely compassionate but moreover he completely understood my situation and quickly come up with a very articulated strategy.

I interviewed eight attorneys before deciding to go with Brett Thorsteinson. And I'm glad I went with him. Brett was particularly strong on the financial issues involved and demonstrated an ability to cut through a sea of facts and figures to know exactly what mattered and what didn't.

Mr. Thorsteinson was knowledgable and explained in detail the different scenarios I could be faced with. He fought compassionately and aggressively for me when were forced to go to court. I would give Brett my highest recommendation.

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Brett Thorsteinson


Divorce Attorney With Local Experience In Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles County and Orange County



Brett completed his master's degree at Biola University, and his law degree at Trinity International University. He is a member of the State Bar of California, Orange County Bar Association - Family Law Section, and the Long Beach Bar Association.

Throughout his law career, Brett has focused exclusively on divorce and family law, ensuring you get the most up-to-date legal information. Following his passion to live and work in the Southern California area, Brett opened offices in Long Beach and Huntington Beach to make divorce consultations convenient and easy.

Brett has extensive experience litigating and settling divorce and family law matters in all Los Angeles County branch courts; primarily focusing on Long Beach, Torrance, Compton, Norwalk, and Orange County courts.
When your divorce calls for strong, determined advocacy, Thorsteinson Law Group will competently and compassionately protect and fight for your rights.

Thorsteinson Law Group Long Beach


3780 Kilroy Airport Way, Suite 200
Long Beach, Ca. 90806
Phone: (562) 430-7676
Fax: (714) 375-6621

Thorsteinson Law Group Huntington Beach


17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647
Phone: (714) 375-6619
Fax: (714) 375-6621
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Divorce


In California, all divorce is considered “no-fault” which means that each spouse is equally responsible for 50% of the marriage. Assets and debts are divided equally, and other issues such as spousal support and child custody are negotiated and worked out through the divorce process. California is community property state and all marital property is divided equally between spouses. Marital assets are defined as any property (including debt) that is accumulated from the time of marriage to the time of separation.

Divorce is referred as ”dissolution of marriage” in legal terms and it’s often an stressful event in people’s lives. Additionally, the divorce process can be confusing at times and you need someone to help you understand the options and possible outcomes.
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Child Custody


In a divorce the judge will decide both the physical custody and the legal custody of the child. Physical custody refers to actual parenting time, while legal custody includes the parental authority to make decisions regarding the child's education, medical care, religious upbringing, etc.

In a divorce, the court may grant either sole custody or some form of joint custody, where the parents share in the child's care and other important responsibilities.
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Spousal Support


In a California divorce, spousal support (also called alimony) is not always granted in a divorce or legal separation. California divorce law grants the court broad discretion in deciding whether to award spousal support, how much, and for how long.

Whether you are seeking or challenging an award of spousal support, it is important to be represented by a strong divorce lawyer who will advocate for your interests. Thorsteinson Law Group is a divorce lawyer focused exclusively on divorce and family law and can help you through your divorce.
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Guardianship


If the parents of a child die or otherwise cannot provide for the care of their children, such as if they have become incarcerated or physically or mentally incapacitated, the court may appoint a guardian over the child's person or estate. The guardian will have legal and physical custody of the child and is responsible for the child's care and upbringing. The guardian of the estate is responsible to manage the child's finances until the child turns 18. Grandparents or other family members are frequently the choice to become guardians.

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Divorce Modifications


Once divorce orders are final, they are difficult to modify, except upon a showing of changed circumstances which would justify the modification. For instance, a change in either spouse's income may justify a change in a child support order, and the child custody arrangement may need to be modified if either spouse chooses or needs to relocate out of state or a significant distance from the other.
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Four types of alimony

Alimony is payment made by one ex-spouse to another to help support them during and after divorce proceedings. It is usually ordered when the judge finds that the divorce caused economic consequences for one ex-spouse. Below are the four types of alimony along with the factors in alimony/spousal support.

Four types of Alimony

Temporary – This is also known, as “alimony pendente lite” is an ongoing payment that is made when a couple is separated or in divorce proceedings, but not yet divorced. It can include payment for divorce costs, daily expenses, and continues until the court determines permanent alimony.

Permanent – The amount awarded after the conclusion of divorce proceedings, paid on a regular, recurring basis. Permanent alimony is usually due indefinitely, but is subject to change under certain circumstances such as remarriage or cohabitation.

Rehabilitative – In situations in which one ex-spouse is not self-sufficient, the judge may order payment of rehabilitative alimony to provide financial support while searching for a job or while attempting to expand employment skills. This is typically ordered for a fixed period of time.

Reimbursement– This type of alimony was intended to balance the scales on any support provided for higher education or work training by one ex-spouse. It requires a regular payment to reimburse the sponsoring ex-spouse the tuition costs paid, or a portion of those costs.

Lump-sum – This is also known, as “alimony in gross.” If one ex-spouse does not want any property or items of value from the marriage, the judge may order a one-time lump-sum payment in replacement of the property.

How the court awards

Spousal support awards are generally based upon the needs and abilities of each party, and when deciding, judges look at the following factors:
• The duration of the marriage
• Health and physical condition
• The earning capacity of the parties
• Present income of the parties
• The extent to which the supported party contributed to the attainment of an education, training, a career position, or a license by the supporting party;
• The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support
• The needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage
• The jurisdiction of the marriage

If you have specific questions about alimony and divorce contact Brett Thorsteinson, your trusted and experienced divorce and family law attorney. Offices in Huntington Beach and Long Beach with free consultations.

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Long Beach Office


3780 Kilroy Airport Way, Suite 200
Long Beach, Ca. 90806

Phone: (562) 430-7676
Fax: (714) 375-6621

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Huntington Beach Office


17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647

Phone: (714) 375-6619
Fax: (714) 375-6621

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