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A Family Law Attorney is responsible for dealing with legal issues that arise between family members. They represent clients in court for contentious cases concerning divorce, alimony, domestic violence, child custody, child support, and child visitation, but also oversee family estates and offer advice on areas such as adoption and guardianship.
Unlike almost any other legal matter, during a divorce proceeding, emotions are heightened and can lead to poor decisions on the part of both parties involved.
This is when the objective views of an attorney can be your best asset. It’s already overwhelming for you- let us take care of the details and fight for what you deserve. Our experienced staff will arrange every aspect of your divorce agreement, including:
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An uncontested divorce is one in which either both parties agree to the divorce, or the other party does not file a response to the divorce petition.
When the parties can agree, the process is most economical for both. The parties generally have a marital settlement agreement which outlines property division, child custody, and support; debt division, and any other issues relevant to the divorce.
A contested divorce is any in which the parties cannot agree upon the terms of the divorce. This can often involve mediators and experts in various disciplines, such as home appraisals, business valuation, and career evaluation.
For purposes of distributing assets after a divorce, California is a community property state. This means that both the husband and wife equally own all money earned by either one of them from the beginning of the marriage until the date of separation. Also, all property acquired during the marriage with community money is deemed to be owned equally by both the wife and husband, regardless of who purchased it. In absence of agreement, sometimes assets are sold and the proceeds are divided by the parties.
A domestic violence restraining order is a document, signed by a judge, which prohibits an abuser from contacting or coming near you. It is granted by the family law court. A domestic violence restraining order can order an abuser not to contact you; to stay a specified distance from you, your home, school, work, or your children’s school; to move out of your home, and to return items of your personal property to you. In general, you can qualify for a domestic violence restraining order if the abuser caused or attempted to cause injury or to sexually assault you. The abuser must be a family member, domestic partner, or the parties involved have a child together. You can also qualify if the abuser threatened to harm you and there is a reason to believe that he or she will carry out those threats.
A legal separation is a finding by a court that the conditions or circumstances of marriage make it intolerable for the parties to live together but that the marriage itself should be maintained. Parties often choose legal separation over divorce due to religious or insurance reasons.
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