FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce law can be a complex topic for those unfamiliar with the field. At the law firm of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that you are familiar with each issue that arises in a divorce.

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Child Custody (13)

How can I retain custody of my children in California?

How can I retain custody of my children in California? Question Detail My wife and I have been married since 2002 and we have two children, 8 and 5 years old. She kicked me out of the house and now … Continue reading

Can you get child custody with no job?

Can you get child custody with no job? Question Detail My husband is trying to control my every move. I want to leave but he said if I leave if can’t take my son because I don’t have a job. … Continue reading

Can you change the determinations made in a divorce if circumstances change?

Can you change the determinations made in a divorce if circumstances change? Question Detail If someone uses the same divorce attorney and the divorce becomes final, can the terms be changed later? For instance, they said they would share custody … Continue reading

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Child Support (3)

Can I get child support if I am not getting a divorce?

Can I get child support in California if I am not getting a divorce? Question Detail I have been separated for two years from my wife, and my kids live with me. Can I get support without filing for divorceContinue reading

Can both parents agree to stop child support?

Can both parents agree to stop child support? Question Detail The custodial and non custodial parent agrees that child support should be stopped. Is this possible? Answer Yes, both parties can sign a stipulation stating that no child support will … Continue reading

How can she get child support?

How can she get child support? Answer In addition to filing for dissolution, she can file a motion with the court requesting child and spousal support. If she is unable to afford the services of an attorney, she can contactContinue reading

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Divorce (25)

Is the opinion of the child ever taken into consideration in a divorce?

Is the opinion of the child ever taken into consideration in a divorce? Answer Typically the Courts will take the child’s opinion into consideration at the age of 12. There is no set age, it depends on the maturity level … Continue reading

Will a divorce court do an investigation to determine my asset?

Q:  Will a divorce court do an investigation to find out which assets I have in California? For instance, could they find out that I have a 401k? Answer: The court itself does not do an investigation to find out … Continue reading

I paid a lawyer to file my divorce but he is not my attorney on record, can I get help from another lawyer?

I paid a lawyer to file my divorce but he is not my attorney on record, can I get help from another lawyer? Question Detail I paid a lawyer to file my divorce papers and he has not completed forms. … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence (1)

How do I protect my children and me, as well as our rights, from my husband in California?

How do I protect my children and me, as well as our rights, from my husband in California? Question Detail My husband was verbally and physically abusive towards my children and me. My friends and neighbors have documented this activity. … Continue reading

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Enforcement (1)

Is there a statute of limitations on owed child support?

Question: Is there a statute of limitations on owed child support? Question Detail An ex lover of mine (20 years ago) just approached me out of nowhere about getting tested to see if her son is my child. He is … Continue reading

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Estate Planning (1)

What can we do to help someone who skipped from probation in California?

Q:  What can we do to help someone who skipped from probation in California? Question Detail We have a friend who has skipped out on her probation on a mental-drug program. What should she do to minimize her difficulties? Answer … Continue reading

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Family Law (38)

Is there a statute of limitations on owed child support?

Question: Is there a statute of limitations on owed child support? Question Detail An ex lover of mine (20 years ago) just approached me out of nowhere about getting tested to see if her son is my child. He is … Continue reading

Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse’s Social Security benefits?

After our divorce becomes final, am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse’s Social Security, retirement, or disability benefits? Anything that was accumulated before the date of separation is part of the common property of the marriage. However, anything after … Continue reading

How can I retain custody of my children in California?

How can I retain custody of my children in California? Question Detail My wife and I have been married since 2002 and we have two children, 8 and 5 years old. She kicked me out of the house and now … Continue reading

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Move Away (1)

When parents have joint custody, do both need to approve of a child moving out of state for school?

Q:  When parents have joint custody, do both need to approve of a child moving out of state for school? Answer In a situation like this, you can request an order from the Court allowing your child to attend the … Continue reading

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Paternity (1)

What if my wife abducted my children?

Q:  My common law wife of 23 years abducted our 6 year old son 600 miles away (in state) without my consent. I filed a missing persons report with the police and they have not responded. What should I do? … Continue reading

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Property Division (5)

Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse’s Social Security benefits?

After our divorce becomes final, am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse’s Social Security, retirement, or disability benefits? Anything that was accumulated before the date of separation is part of the common property of the marriage. However, anything after … Continue reading

Will the bank accounts of the children be considered community property in a California divorce?

Q:  During a divorce and separating finances, will the joint bank accounts with just me and the children be split as community property? Or will they remain untouched? Main concern that the savings I, alone created for the kids have … Continue reading

Will a divorce court do an investigation to determine my asset?

Q:  Will a divorce court do an investigation to find out which assets I have in California? For instance, could they find out that I have a 401k? Answer: The court itself does not do an investigation to find out … Continue reading

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Restraining Orders (1)

How do I protect my children and me, as well as our rights, from my husband in California?

How do I protect my children and me, as well as our rights, from my husband in California? Question Detail My husband was verbally and physically abusive towards my children and me. My friends and neighbors have documented this activity. … Continue reading

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Spousal Support / Alimony (6)

What Is Rehabilitative Alimony?

Q: What is rehabilitative alimony? A: Rehabilitative alimony is a type of spousal support intended to help one spouse regain his or her financial and economic footing in the wake of a divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is usually awarded until certain … Continue reading

Is alimony only paid from husband to wife?

It is true that most alimony payments are from husband to wife, simply because men are traditionally more likely to be the wage-earner in a given marriage. However, the law itself makes no distinction between genders, and simply awards alimonyContinue reading

If someone in the Army gets a divorce, will they have to pay a lot of spousal support?

If someone in the Army gets a divorce, will they have to pay a lot of spousal support? Question Detail My friend is thinking of divorcing his wife but he is scared that she will get everything. He is in … Continue reading

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Wills (1)

What can we do to help someone who skipped from probation in California?

Q:  What can we do to help someone who skipped from probation in California? Question Detail We have a friend who has skipped out on her probation on a mental-drug program. What should she do to minimize her difficulties? Answer … Continue reading

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