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The filing of a petition for divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, begins a legal proceeding that can have a substantial effect on the parties. A divorce proceeding will often include a variety of issues, including division of assets and debts, spousal support, and child custody and visitation.
Every case is unique and presents different issues. That is why it is important to hire a lawyer who will keep your goals in mind while advocating for you throughout the divorce process.
Spousal support is money that is paid from one spouse to the other that is calculated to maintain the standard of living as it was during marriage. Factors affecting whether spousal support is granted, and if so how much, include the length of the marriage, the education and employment prospects of the parties, the assets of the parties, and any disparity in income between the parties.
With the help of a lawyer, you can evaluate the chance that a court will grant you spousal support and the likely range of such an order.
Domestic violence is defined in the California Family Code as abuse of a spouse or child. Abuse includes both violence and threats of violence. An allegation of domestic violence that the court finds to be true has a significant impact upon a number of facets of a family law case, none more so than child custody orders.
An act of domestic violence can shred the fabric of even the closest families and have long-lasting repercussions. Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or have been accused of an act of domestic violence, it is important to have an advocate on your side to preserve your rights.
When the parties to a divorce proceeding have children together, the court will make orders that it deems to be in the best interests of the children in regards to both custody and visitation. The court will consider any number of factors in making these orders.
Child custody and visitation is area where there is often the most emotions and disagreement between the parties. That is why you need to hire a lawyer who has the experience to negotiate on your behalf and the trial skills to fight for you in court when necessary.
division of assets and debts
The division of assets can range from splitting a checking account to the division of stock options, real estate, and family businesses. The date of acquisition, valuation, and characterization of any asset can be a hotly contested issue that has the potential to dramatically change how the asset is handled in a marital settlement agreement or in a judgment following trial.
Similarly, the date a debt was incurred, which party assumed the debt, and how the proceeds were used can play an important role in whether the debt is charged against one or both spouses.
Whatever your family's financial circumstances are, you can benefit from our experience and understanding of the law to fight for your rightful share of the assets.
Not every case calls for a scorched-earth litigation strategy. In many case the parties agree about most, if not all, the issues. In those cases, the last thing you want is a lawyer who aims to stir up controversy in order to increase the attorney fees. Instead, you want to hire a lawyer who understands and can achieve your goals of an amicable and efficient resolution.
During a divorce proceeding that involves minor children, the court will evaluate the finances of the parties, the child custody and visitation schedule, as well as other factors, to determine whether a child support order is appropriate and, if so, how much that order should be.
Divorce and separation can put an incredible strain upon family finances. Hiring a lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to advocate for you can make a significant difference in the amount of child support you receive.
Contempt charges are brought when a party has failed to follow a court order. A charge of contempt can be punished in many different ways, including adverse rulings, monetary fines, and even jail time.
If you have been charged with contempt for violating a court order, it is critical to hire a lawyer to help you through the process. There are many different ways to address contempt charges, and a lawyer experienced in handling contempt matters can help you minimize or avoid the punishments commonly associated with contempt.
Trial work is a skill. You want someone on your side who is an experienced trial lawyer, both because it can have a dramatic effect upon the outcome of your case in the event of a trial, and because hiring an experienced trial lawyer signals to the other party that you take the matter seriously and are willing to do what it takes to ensure your rights are preserved.
When the parties fail to reach a settlement of one or multiple issues, the court sets the matter for a trial. Trial is very involved and time-consuming. There are frequently many different types of formal discovery that occur in the months leading up to a trial, including interrogatories and depositions. At trial, it is common for live witnesses to testify and the proceedings are bound by the rules of evidence. Prior to, during, and after trial, the court commonly requires formal legal briefs to be filed that detail a party's legal and factual basis for their position.