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The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton

The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton is committed to providing you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about your life. We counsel and educate our clients about their legal Hire An experienced Los Angeles Divorce and Family Law Attorneysrights because we want them to understand the process. Our goal is to empower you. Our job is to protect you.

When you retain the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton to represent you, we become your advocate. Working together, we are able to provide individualized legal advice that is not cost-prohibitive.

It does not make sense to hire an attorney at the outset of litigation and later run out of money before final resolution of your case. This would leave you in a very vulnerable position. It does not make sense to hire an attorney at the outset of litigation.

The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton is committed to providing you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about your life. We counsel and educate our clients about their legal rights because we want them to understand the process. Our goal is to empower you. Our job is to protect you.

When you retain the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton to represent you, we become your advocate. Working together, we are able to provide individualized legal advice that is not cost-prohibitive.

It does not make sense to hire an attorney at the outset of litigation and later run out of money before final resolution of your case. This would leave you in a very vulnerable position. It does not make sense to hire an attorney at the outset of litigation.

The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton is committed to providing you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about your life. We counsel and educate our clients about their legal rights because we want them to understand the process. Our goal is to empower you. Our job is to protect you.

When you retain the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton to represent you, we become your advocate. Working together, we are able to provide individualized legal advice that is not cost-prohibitive.

It does not make sense to hire an attorney at the outset of litigation and later run out of money before final resolution of your case. This would leave you in a very vulnerable position. It does not make sense to hire an attorney at the outset of litigation.

In Need of Family Law Assistance?

In Need of Family Law Assistance? Our Law Firm Can Help!

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If you are in search of a Los Angeles family law office with a compassionate approach to your domestic issues, search no further. Los Angeles Divorce Lawyers Family Law Attorneys The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton are designed around the notion that, in all circumstances, the client’s wishes are paramount – and we will work diligently to offer you the best representation during these difficult family times. As an experienced and dedicated Los Angeles family law office, we offer services ranging from divorce to adoption – and everything in between. For more information, contact us right away at (310) 300-4021.

Los Angeles Family Law Firm Offering Broad Array of Legal Services

We understand that each family law case is unique with its own facts, dynamics and timeline. When you meet with us, we will closely listen to your story, offer you sound legal counsel and guide you toward the best course of action for your particular case. At the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton, we can assist you with any of the following:

If you are enduring any of the above issues, your emotions will run much too high to try and represent yourself. In the alternative, allow a knowledgeable and considerate Los Angeles family law firm to handle the combative tactics employed by the opposing party and give yourself a much-needed break from the stress of family law litigation.

Contact a Reputable Los Angeles Family Law Firm Today  

As you begin your journey in your family law case, we encourage you to meet with a reputable attorney from the beginning, thereby allowing your representative the opportunity to stay involved in your case from the outset. We proudly serve California clients and offer two convenient locations in Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills. For competent and thorough representation during these difficult emotional times, please contact the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton today by calling (310) 300-4021.

My child wishes to live with me. Can I get primary physical custody?

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The good news is that the law changed as of January 1, 2012 to allow the child’s voice to be heard in family court.  This law applies both to divorce and paternity cases. Los Angeles Child Custody Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys Essentially, the law requires the family law judge to allow a child who is 14 years or older to “address the court” unless the judge states on the record why it is not in the child’s best interest to allow it.

A child’s wishes about where he or she would like to live (“physical custody“) is based on whether the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent preference.  If so, then the judge should give “due weight” to where the child wants to live.

So, how do you get the family law judge to change physical custody orders?  You file what is called a Request for Orders.  Please see the article entitled “Request for Orders” for more information on how to file a modification of child custody: legal custody or physical custody.

Generally speaking, the court should give greater weight to where the child wishes to live in modification of custody proceedings.  So, for example, if you share joint legal custody and joint physical custody, you may want to seek a modification to request primary physical custody of your child because he or she wishes to now live with you.  Custody laws can be complex, and you would be well-advised to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney to assist you.

Questions the judge may ask:

1.  Would it benefit the court to question the child?

2. Would it benefit the child to be questioned?

3.  Drawbacks?

4.  Will the questioning take place in open court?  In the judge’s chambers?

5.  Is there another way to obtain the information?  Perhaps through a Minor’s Interview or Minor’s Counsel?

6. What is the degree of child suggestibility?

7.  Is a Child Custody Evaluation appropriate?

The new statute is quoted below for your reference.

3042. (a) If a child is of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent preference as to custody or visitation, the court shall consider, and give due weight to, the wishes of the child in making an order granting or modifying custody or visitation.

(b) In addition to the requirements of subdivision (b) of Section 765 of the Evidence Code, the court shall control the examination of a child witness so as to protect the best interests of the child.

(c) If the child is 14 years of age or older and wishes to address the court regarding custody or visitation, the child shall be permitted to do so, unless the court determines that doing so is not in the child’s best interests. In that case, the court shall state its reasons for that finding on the record.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prevent a child who is less than 14 years of age from addressing the court regarding custody or visitation, if the court determines that is appropriate pursuant to the child’s best interests.

(e) If the court precludes the calling of any child as a witness, the court shall provide alternative means of obtaining input from the child and other information regarding the child’s preferences.

(f) To assist the court in determining whether the child wishes to express his or her preference or to provide other input regarding custody or visitation to the court, a minor’s counsel, an evaluator, an investigator, or a mediator who provides recommendations to the judge pursuant to Section 3183 shall indicate to the judge that the child wishes to address the court, or the judge may make that inquiry in the absence of that request. A party or a party’s attorney may also indicate to the judge that the child wishes to address the court or judge.

If you would like assistance in filing a Request for Orders regarding custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, attorney’s fees, etc., please contact the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton at (310) 300-4021.  We are here to help you with all of your family law needs, including but not limited to, child custody.

The Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton is a top family law firm dedicated to protecting your legal rights.  Our goal is to empower you.  Our job is to protect you.  Cathleen E. Norton, Esq. is an experienced family law attorney who obtained both her B.A. and J.D. credentials from UCLA.  You won’t find a better qualified attorney to represent you!  We have offices in Beverly Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Westlake Village and service family law cases in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  Call us today for a free consultation at (310) 300-4021.  For more information about the Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton, please visit our website at www.nortonfamilylaw.com