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Thorsteinson Law Group

Long Beach Divorce Attorney | Huntington Beach Divorce Attorney

Thorsteinson Law Group is here help you through some of your most difficult decisions in life. Issues such as divorce, child custody, spousal support, and other family law issues can impact your life in a variety of ways. We are here to help guide you, protect your interests, and act as your trusted divorce lawyer.
At Thorsteinson Law Group, our divorce lawyers approach all divorce cases carefully and precisely, taking time to listen to your concerns and learn about your goals. When we build your divorce case, it is built specifically to protect your interests and finding a lasting resolution so that you can move forward building your new life.

We are here to defend your interests and represent you, and we never lose sight of that purpose. Whether your divorce can be resolved through careful negotiations or through aggressive courtroom litigation, we will be there.

Brett Thorsteinson founded Thorsteinson Law Group because he believes if you are going through divorce, you deserve to be listened to, you deserve respect, and you deserve to be represented by a knowledgable and experienced divorce lawyer who will advocate for their interests.

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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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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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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Temporary Alimony in California

California alimony laws allow for temporary support to the necessary party before there is final judgment. The court has the power to order temporary alimony based on a spouse’s need and the other spouse’s ability to pay.

Temporary spousal support generally has nothing to do with the length of the marriage. A party seeking spousal support isn’t deprived on the right to receive support even if they have income. What is reviewed is the comparative income circumstances of the two parties. The greater the difference in income, the higher the support the paying party must give. Temporary alimony orders are traditionally ordered to be paid directly to the deemed party. The duration of the alimony generally lasts until there is a final judgment or any other date set by the court.

Courts normally use one of two computer programs to calculate temporary support: the Dissomaster or Xspouse. These programs are the same systems used to calculate child support in California. Whether the program Dissomaster or X-spouse are used, the same limitations as you would enter for child support, which include income, tax filing status, exemptions, are entered for alimony. The program determines what the net disposable income is and what alimony should be on a temporary basis. The program is not used for long term alimony, that would be forbidden in California.

If the spouses have children, this alimony calculation is typically made with the child support calculation. The amount of the alimony is dependent on the amount of child support ordered, which means that if the child support amount is eliminated, the alimony may increase. The final support numbers depend upon how much income the court is attributing to each party. Only certain expenses matter for purposes of temporary support in California. What doesn’t matter much at the temporary phase are most personal expenses like credit card bills, rent and other costs of living. When calculating income to determine temporary alimony, the court will typically go back approximately 12 months. That time period is typically a fair and representative one of income, especially when income is fluctuating. The court can go longer especially if a spouse is self-employed.

For matters on alimony and temporary support, contact an experienced attorney. Thorsteinson Law Group is your trusted divorce and family law attorney. With offices in Long Beach and Huntington Beach, we serve clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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Huntington Beach Divorce - Thorsteinson Law Group

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

Phone: (714) 375-6619
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3780 Kilroy Airport Way, Suite 200
Long Beach, Ca. 90806

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