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Your Trusted and Experienced Divorce Lawyer

Thorsteinson Law Group is focused exclusively on California divorce and family law issues. When you hire us to represent you, we bring extensive knowledge and a commitment to help you meet your goals.

In addition to handling divorce and legal separation, including child support, spousal support and child custody, Thorsteinson Law Group addresses all other family law matters, including paternity, adoptions, guardianships, and domestic violence.

Located in Long Beach and Huntington Beach

Thorsteinson Law Group helps people in Orange County and Los Angeles County who are facing divorce, legal separation and child custody issues. We understand that divorce is a sensitive and timely matter, and we treat your case with care and dignity.

We approach all cases carefully and precisely, taking time to listen to your concerns and learn about your goals. When we build a case, it is built specifically for you. We are prepared to take the steps necessary to meet your needs.

Thorsteinson Law Group will defend your interests and be steadfast in our pursuit of your goals. Whether your divorce can be resolved through careful negotiations or through aggressive courtroom litigation, we will be there.

Consultations are easy and convenient at our Long Beach or Huntington Beach locations. Contact Thorsteinson Law Group today and move towards a lasting resolution.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you are going through an uncertain time in your life, whether it be divorce, child custody, paternity or other family law matters you have questions. In this section, Thorsteinson Law Group provides answers to some common questions.

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Divorce Timeline

Did you know that in California there is a minimum six-month waiting time before your divorce can be finalized? In this section, Thorsteinson Law Group provides a high-level overview of the California divorce timeline and process.

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Brett Thorsteinson, Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Brett Thorsteinson is the founder and Principle Attorney at Thorsteinson Law Group, a law firm focused exclusively on California divorce and family law. After completing his master's degree at Biola University, Brett went on to complete his law degree from 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 California 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 established Thorsteinson Law Group and opened offices in Huntington Beach and Long Beach, California to make consultations convenient and easy.

Thorsteinson Law Group provides clients with sound and accurate legal counsel and works diligently to establish a lasting resolution that meets your needs and goals.

When your divorce, legal separation or family law matter calls for strong, determined advocacy, Thorsteinson Law Group will competently and compassionately protect and fight for your rights.
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Thorsteinson Law Group provides assistance and information with the following areas of divorce and family law:
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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. 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.

Divorce consultations are easy at our offices in Long Beach and Huntington Beach:
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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. Contact us now for your consultation.
As a community property state, all marital property is divided equally between the spouses. It is essential, therefore, that every asset by properly identified as separate property or community property and properly valued, in order to arrive at a fair distribution. Characterization and valuation issues can get quite complicated, such as when dealing with one spouse's ownership interest in a business or the division of a military pension.
In determining custody, 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 either case, 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.

California child support law places the needs of the children first. Although parents usually know what is in their children's best interests, arriving at viable support arrangements can be difficult, and the judge may be the one to decide based on the evidence and arguments presented. Some factors considered in determining child support include the earnings of both parents, the custody and visitation arrangement, and the child's health insurance expenses as well as any extraordinary medical expenses or other special needs.
Under California law, a temporary restraining order (TRO) can be obtained against a current or former spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, relative, or other person in a close personal relationship who has been physically or verbally abusive. The TRO can accomplish many things, including ordering the abuser out of the house and prohibiting any contact with the victim, the victim's children, and others living in the home. The TRO could also prohibit the abuser from possessing a gun or order the abuser to pay child support or spousal support or comply with other domestic relation orders.

After a TRO has been put in place, the court sets a date for a hearing on whether the protective order should be dismissed or continued for a longer period, up to five years. The person subjected to the order has the right to appear at this hearing and challenge the order, so it is important to be prepared for this hearing and to be well-represented by experienced legal counsel.
Only a legal father can assert a legal right to custody and visitation. Also, only a legal father can be legally compelled to pay child support. The question of paternity is therefore often raised in a divorce proceeding where there is a question as to the child's parentage. This question can be resolved in a legal proceeding brought to establish or challenge paternity.

When a couple was unmarried at the time of the birth of a child, the question of paternity may still be open if the couple did not sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity at that time or at a later date. Even if the couple is married, the husband is only presumed to be the father, and this presumption can still be challenged by a third party and proven by genetic testing or other means.
When the parents of a child have died 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. A guardian of the person has legal and physical custody of the child and is responsible for the child's care and upbringing. A guardian of the estate is responsible to manage the child's finances until the child turns 18. A guardian of the estate is usually only necessary if the child receives more than $5,000, and the court may appoint the same person to serve in both types of guardianships. Grandparents or other family members are frequently the choice to become guardians.
There are many different types of adoptions. Grandparents or other family members caring for a minor relative may seek to adopt the child rather than merely serving as guardian, or as a next step following a guardianship proceeding. Also, couples may choose to adopt a child from a public or private agency, which may be in-state, interstate, or international. Finally, a stepparent may wish to legally adopt the children brought into his second marriage, in order to grant them legal status to inheritance and other rights, and to establish his parental rights. A stepparent adoption will terminate the parental rights of the biological father, and cannot generally be accomplished over the natural father's objection, unless he has abandoned the child for more than a year and has not provided any financial support.

Any type of adoption is a complicated, legal process which can take a lot of time and still fail if not handled correctly. Experienced legal representation by a skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney is important to making sure the adoption is handled correctly.
Once domestic relations 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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  • Dividing Assets in a Divorce

Dividing Assets in a Divorce

Dividing marital assets can be one of the most difficult situations that occur during the divorce process. As both parties have financial and emotional investments in their property, deciding who gets to keep what can lead to intense conflict.

Marital assets are defined as any property (including debt) that is accumulated from the time of marriage to the time of separation. In California, marital assets are divided by the law through the “community property” process. Through this process, all property is divided 50/50 between both parties.

When going through the process of deciding who gets to keep what property it is important to try to be as cooperative and amicable as possible. Both parties should first try to come to a conclusive decision about the property on their own, as they have the knowledge and understanding about what property has sentimental value to each person.

If both parties cannot divide the property on their own, hiring a mediator is the next step. This mediator will help to resolve all fighting and bring the couple to a mutual understanding. It is beneficial to solve all of these issued under a mediator because if a solution cannot be reached, the court gets involved and they will divide according to the law and not take into consideration any sentimental value.

Finally, it is absolutely essential that each party does not try to hide any of their assets. It is illegal to have hidden assets and will result in legal trouble. This trouble is not worth the value of the hidden property. Being open, honest, and amicable, and refraining from fighting over small items will help to move the divorce process along smoothly.

If you need help with your contested or uncontested divorce, contact Thorsteinson Law Group, your trusted and experienced divorce and family law attorney.

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