Monrovia, CA 91016
The breakup of a marriage is almost always a difficult and fearful experience, but you need not go it alone. I can help you navigate the legal process and facilitate communication to assist in crafting solutions to problems such as:
Divorce ("Dissolution of Marriage") / Legal Separation
The decision to divorce or separate can be a difficult one. Even if you are only thinking of divorce/separation, you will want to consult an attorney in order to plan ahead regarding issues such as:
If parents are married when a child is born, the law assumes that the husband is the father and the wife is the mother, so paternity is automatically established in most cases. But for unmarried parents, parentage of their children needs to be established legally to ensure a child obtains all legal rights and privileges to which he or she may be entitled, such as:
I can help you negotiate for, or request that the court order, an appropriate child custody arrangement. There are two elements to a custody arrangement—“legal” custody, and “physical” custody.
I can facilitate negotiations, or help you obtain and order, for workable child visitation arrangements. There are several types of visitation arrangements that should be considered:
I can help you obtain an award of child support. Child support is the amount of money that a parent pays every month for the support of children and their living expenses. California uses a formula or “guideline” to figure out how much child support should be paid. The parties may agree to an amount that is different from the guideline, but the court must find that this amount is in the child’s best interests.
Child support calculation depends on many factors, including:
I can assist you in negotiating for, or request that the family court order, spousal support. The family court considers many factors in determining whether to order spousal support, and the length of time a spouse can receive spousal support, including:
-- The marketable skills of the spouse requesting support
-- The job market for those skills
-- The time and expense the spouse will need to get the education or training to develop more marketable skills or to get a job;
-- Child care issues
Property and Debt Allocation
The division of property and debts in a divorce proceeding can be a complicated process. It requires an understanding of the types of property recognized in California:
Often, community/quasi-community property and separate property are mixed, or “comingled.” For example, the down payment of the marital home might have been purchased with the separate property funds of one spouse and community property funds for subsequent mortgage payments. As another example, a pension fund may include monies earned both before and during a marriage.
I can help determine the separate and community values of the assets to ensure a fair property distribution.
Restraining Orders (Domestic Violence / Workplace Violence / Civil Harassment)
Incidents of domestic violence (violence, abuse, harassment, or threats between persons in an intimate relationship), workplace violence (violence, harassment, or threats in the workplace), and civil harassment (abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you do not have a close relationship with (such as a neighbor or roommate) are on the rise. Further, there are instances of persons filing false claims of violence or harassment to gain an advantage against another. Whether you need a restraining order or need to defend yourself against a charge of violence or harassment, I can help.
I can help you obtain a court order changing your name, whether you wish to change the name as a result of divorce or for another reason.
Each case is different. Whether these issues can be resolved through a negotiated settlement agreement, or you need to assert your rights in court, my goal is to help you obtain a fair resolution in a cost-effective manner.
Call me at (626) 789-1980 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your initial consultation is free.