THORSTEINSON LAW GROUP

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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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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.

Read more about the topics of divorce in our Divorce Resources section.

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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.

Read more about California divorce in our Divorce Resources section.

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.
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. 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.

Read more about property division and community property in a California divorce, in the Community Property section of our Divorce Resources blog.
In a California 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 California 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.

Read more about child custody and support in our Divorce Resources section.
In a divorce it is sometimes becomes necessary to use legal means to stop certain behaviors. 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.

Read more about domestic violence in our Divorce Resources section.
In California, only a legal father can assert a legal right to custody and visitation and only a legal father can be legally compelled to pay child support. Because of this the question of paternity is often raised during a divorce where there is a question as to the child's parentage.

If 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. 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 during the divorce process.

Thorsteinson Law Group is focused exclusively on divorce and family law and can help you through your divorce. Contact us now for your consultation.
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.

Thorsteinson Law Group is a focused exclusively on divorce and family law and can help you through guardianship issues. Contact us now for your consultation.
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.

Experienced legal representation by a skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney is important to making sure the adoption is handled correctly. Thorsteinson Law Group is focused exclusively on divorce and family law and can help you through your adoption. Contact us now for your consultation.
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.

Whether you are seeking a divorce or modification, it is important to be represented by a strong divorce lawyer who will advocate for your interests. Thorsteinson Law Group is focused exclusively on divorce and family law and can help you through your divorce. Contact us now for your consultation.
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Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders

When hearing the words “restraining order,” most people think you’re referring to some type of physical abuse where someone needs a court order to be protected from the dangerous actions of someone else. However, the Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (“ATROs” for short) used in divorce cases are something else entirely.

In fact, ATROs are considered the opposite of negative because they help ensure a measure of respect between divorcing spouses. For example, they establish specific ground rules regarding a couple’s assets, insurance policies, beneficiary designations, etc.

ATROs are mutual court orders that prohibit either spouse from changing the financial status quo of the marriage once a divorce action begins.

A few examples of what ATROs prohibit are:

  • Changing bank accounts
  • Selling, transferring or borrowing against property
  • Borrowing or selling insurance held for the other spouse
  • Modifying beneficiaries on policies like health insurance, life insurance, retirement accounts, wills, etc.
  • Destroying or hiding assets

If you need help with your divorce, contact Thorsteinson Law Group, your trusted and experienced divorce and family law attorney. Offices are located in Long Beach and Huntington Beach, California.

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THORSTEINSON LAW GROUP
LONG BEACH
3780 Kilroy Airport Way, Suite 200
Long Beach, Ca. 90806

Phone: (562) 430-7676
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THORSTEINSON LAW GROUP
HUNTINGTON BEACH
17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647

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