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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for California on
Q: I can't file a motion for her to change her name back?

She's the one who filed for divorce because she didn't want to be married to me anymore, why does she get to keep my name even though she doesn't want to be with me?

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Sep 10, 2020

I'm sorry. This question comes up often, and it is never fun to explain that you have no power over whether or not she keeps her name as is or changes it. It is HER name so SHE gets to decide what name she wants to use. Often people keep their married name because it matches their... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: In the process of divorce, been living as married since 1998, married in 2012,will that be considered in dividing assest

have two children and also we purchased a house only in his name due to credit scores before marriage but while cohabitation, it was purchased 8 months before marriage. Will I be granted anything from that property, he has a attorney but I don't, I have been a homemaker since my first son was... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Sep 10, 2020

Yes, you do have an equitable claim and even a civil claim under a MARVIN action (which you may have to file separately or can often be incorporated into settlement of your divorce case). There is a statute of limitations for a MARVIN action, so you need to consult with a local family and civil... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for California on
Q: I am recently separated and I need to file for divorce.

I left my husband after 8 years of marriage and 11 affairs. I tried everything to fix my marriage including marriage counseling but it was irreparable. We split 50/50 custody of my 3 kids, (ages 12, 11 & 5) I don't receive any monetary help from him but I am struggling to make ends meet.... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Sep 10, 2020

Whether or not you qualify for spousal or child support will depend on the facts of your case. Primarily, how much you earn versus how much he earns, whether or not you already waived your right to spousal support (in a pre-nuptial agreement which may or may not bar spousal support--you'll... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: If attorney works for the judges Law Firm is it a conflict of interest
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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Sep 4, 2020

Yes and no. Generally, I would expect the Judge to recuse himself/herself from the case if s/he has a close relationship with one of the attorneys or a firm on the case they are hearing such as you are describing. There are exceptions to the conflict of interest wherein the Judge has no... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on
Q: I live in California. My husband left 8 months ago, took the money from our bank account and squandered it in Vegas

He quit his job and later took early retirement when he realized he had no money to live on. I had to refinance the house to be able to afford it. The loan is in my name but his name is on the title along with mine since he wouldn't quit claim it over. If we sell the house will they split... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 25, 2020

First, the courts will allow you and your spouse to settle the terms of your divorce any way you want. the judge may want to confirm the agreement is fair under the facts--offset for husbands depletion of community assets while gambling and his abandoning you to pay the bills on your own sounds to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: I have a divorce case, I want to file Spousal as well, what form do I need to fill out? Does mental abuse play a part?

I previously had a dcfs case and I didn't get physical custody, and I was only given joint custody, and supervised visits once a week for 4 hours. I wanted to modify that since I didn't have anyone truly fight my case. I want to modify my child custody and also issue a spousal support... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 25, 2020

You will need to file a Request for Order(whichis a motion) for modification of child custody, visitation and support since dcsf had an open case you csn try to file there but they may send you to family court to file a separate notion or new action in fanily court (counties vary on this issue)... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on
Q: My husband purchased a home with his mother his name is on the deed with his mother there is a trust. He claimed she pai

paid for it but keeps telling me im not entitled to half. How can I fight it

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 19, 2020

If the purchase was made with community funds during marriage or principal was paid on mortgage during marriage from marital earnings (absent a pre-nuptial agreement otherwise), the community has an interest in the real property asset. You need to trace money used to buy/pay down loan on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized on
Q: What is the exact route to become an American lawyer?

Hi, I'm doing research for a book & I'm based in London but the book is about a character who is training to become a lawyer & wondered if I could ask you what the normal route normally is? I would love if I could get typical ages of when someone would typically qualify & how... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 8, 2020

Each state has slightly different rules to become an attorney. Generally you have to get your Juris Doctorate degree (law degree that is 3 years of graduate degree study) after you complete 6 years of bachelors & masters degree study. Then you have to take and pass a bar exam in the state... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Virginia on
Q: So my dad left us for a couple of months and was now living with another woman. My mom wants divorce and he refused

So we just want to know what we can do about it. My dad was basically living with his other woman and he refused to get a divorce from my mom. Also, is there any way my mom can get spousal support?

Sandy Lynne Meade
Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 8, 2020

I'm sorry for your circumstances. One spouse can file for divorce in the state where he/she resides for the last 6 months. She would have to get someone 18 or older to personally serve the other person with the divorce papers. One person can get a divorce from another person without the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I’m an employee for Wingstop and have been “terminated” but wasn’t made aware of why or signed anything

I’m an employee for Wingstop , I was terminated with no explanation. I reached out for weeks and was never formally told or terminated formally I was just taken off schedule . I never was paid for my PTO as I’ve been there for a year, when asked about it I was told I wouldn’t be receiving it... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 8, 2020

I agree with Mr. Pedersen. California is a "no cause" state and does not require an employer to indicate why a person is terminated. They just can't terminate for an illegal purpose such as your age, gender, race, and even attempts to unionize. if Wingstop has a policy manual that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: Is it possible for judge to change a non-modifiable alimony order? I am a 55 yo 100% disabled Vet. She is 47 and healthy

Married 16 years and divorced for almost 6 years. Except for active duty from 2002-2012, I have only worked contract/temp jobs. Beginning in 2014, I was forced to support her even though I was already a disabled Vet. In 2016, due to severe pain in my feet and back, I filed a motion for... Read more »

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Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 6, 2020

Generally speaking, if the correct wording is in the Judgment for non-modifiable support, it is non-modifiable. However, in your case, you have had an unanticipated and serious change of circumstances that would make you unable to pay the support ordered and she is in a far superior earning... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on
Q: Ex husband is not cooperative in signing over property deed which is awarded to me as stated in a divorce decree.

I believe I have an address but am not sure where he is located. I want my property deed and title to my property under my name only.

Sandy Lynne Meade
Sandy Lynne Meade answered on Aug 6, 2020

You can file a motion for enforcement of the orders and request the court Clerk or his/her agent act as an elisor and sign the documents on opposing party’s behalf if he fails to sign/cooperate. You will need to arrange for a notary to go to court and notarize the Elisor’s signature when... Read more »

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