Kathryn Irene Phillips

Kathryn Irene Phillips

  • Family Law
  • California
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I have practiced law in Los Angeles County for the past 39 years. I have always practiced family law throughout my career, but have limited my practice to exclusively family law cases for the last six years. I adapt to a client's needs in an attorney in that some clients want a collaborative and partnership working relationship with their lawyer throughout their case, while others prefer to entrust their case to me and take a more passive role. I enjoy family law because I love people and because it is a fascinating and demanding discipline that is constantly changing and which requires some knowledge of several areas of law, such as probate, guardianship, real estate, tax, business, bankruptcy, etc., in addition to family law. It is my goal to help my clients complete their matters with as little trauma, delay and expense as possible. I have gained much insight from my experience over the years, which I know benefits my clients.

Practice Area
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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University of San Fernando Valley College of Law
Juris Doctor (1977) | Law
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Professional Associations
California State Bar Family Law Section
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California State Bar  # 74873
- Current
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9 Questions Answered
Q. Paying alimony & child support to my ex wife, was convicted recently for theft, lost her job, can I get alimony stopped?
A: Short answer is no, the support you were ordered to pay will not be stopped. However, it will also not be increased due to the fact that she is no longer employed, because she was at fault in losing her job. I don’t think the facts you have presented will justify a change of custody. Just based on 2 episodes of shoplifting, I do not feel the courts would grant a change of custody based solely on that.
Q. how to handle a house in divorce
A: This comes up in divorces all the time. In dividing the property between spouses, just a quitclaim deed to put 100% of the title in one party’s name does NOT relieve the other party of his credit obligations under a mortgage that has his name on it. Any late payments she makes on that mortgage will negatively affect his credit. So, she will have to refinance the property to take his name off the mortgage. If she doesn’t qualify for that, she could ask for a year or so to do the refinance and hope that she will qualify in another year or so. If she simply will never qualify for the refinance, then one of two things must happen: 1) her husband agrees to keep his name on the mortgage (not likely to happen); or 2) the house is sold.
Q. Hello,I am writing you as a father who is seeking, at the very least, 50/50 custody of my daughter.
A: If you have a criminal record for sex offenses, domestic violence or other violent crimes, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addition, if you are awarded visitation with your daughter, you will probably have only professionally monitored visitation of your child for a couple hours a couple of times per month. You will have to pay for the monitor. If drug and alcohol abuse are part of your recent past and are currently issues, then drug and alcohol testing will most likely be part of any order you obtain.
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5429 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601-2918
Telephone: (818) 404-1170
Fax: (818) 508-1529
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