BRETT THORSTEINSON

Divorce, Family Law, and Child Custody

(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



Brett Thorsteinson is focused exclusively on divorce and family law. Brett works tirelessly to protect and fight for your rights in all family law matters.

Brett has 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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Determining Income Child Support

Both parents are legally responsible for child support of their children whether or not they are married. Income is an important factor in figuring out how much child support is owed. However, some parents intentionally reduce their income in order to avoid child support. In that case, courts will “impute” income to parents.

What is Imputed Income?

Imputed income is income that is attributed or credited to a parent even though the parent is not actually earning that amount. Judges impute income to ensure that children’s needs are met and to deter parents from shirking responsibilities.

If a parent has been earning good income in a stable, full-time job and suddenly states that they make no income, the judge is going to want to know why.  If it comes to light that the parent voluntarily quit work, the judge may impute income. To determine the amount of imputed income, the court would likely use the most recent amount of income reported.

Courts look at three factors to determining whether to impute income:

  • willingness to work
  • opportunity to work, and
  • ability to work

It’s important for the judge to understand the reason for the unemployment or underemployment because it is important in determining whether to impute income.

How Much Income to Impute?

The parent’s earning capacity or income potential is determined and used when the courts are deciding how much income to impute.

Education, work skills, and employment history are used as a way to determine income potential. Willingness to work is determined by behavior or recent actions such as: searching for jobs, sending out resumes, and going to interviews. Opportunity to work takes into account the availability of appropriate job opportunities.

Courts determine how much to impute by reviewing salaries for a job that parent would qualify for as well as  the parent’s ability and opportunity to work. Occasionally, if it’s too difficult to determine income potential, the court will impute minimum wage.

Contact Thorsteinson Law Group  to help you with your divorce. We provide complimentary consultations, and are dedicated to bringing you a lasting resolution.

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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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