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We have handled many divorce, domestic violence, child custody and child support cases with competence, compassion, and personalized attention. Hiring an attorney early in the process often prevents the mistakes that occur when parties try to divorce represent themselves before the court.

California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that either party may file for divorce simply due to irreconcilable differences. Property settlements are not affected by the behavior of either spouse – although child custody and visitation may be. Despite the emotions often involved in divorce, it is in the best interests of both spouses to work out an agreement and avoid divorce litigation. Settlement affords more control than going to court, where the final decision lies with a judge. It can also allow a couple to resolve their case quicker and more affordable. If an agreement cannot be reached, however, we vigorously defend our clients’ interests in court to ensure a fair divorce settlement.

California is a community property state, meaning all assets acquired during the marriage – including increased value of assets brought to the marriage – are part of the “marital pot.” Spousal support may be granted when one partner’s income exceeds the other, especially if the party receiving support has less education or a lower earning capacity. The amount of spousal support depends on many factors, including the income levels of both parties, custody arrangement, housing situations and more. The duration of spousal support depends upon the length of the marriage and other factors. If the marriage has lasted more than 10 years, support might be granted indefinitely until the death or remarriage of the receiving spouse.

We will discuss all your legal options in divorce, child custody and visitations, child and spousal support, and domestic violence cases. Call us to get a clear picture of your situation and start moving towards your goals. We will empower you to make the best possible decisions and avoid costly mistakes.

We will help you resolve issues in:

• Divorce, including issues for community property division of assets and debts, child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support or alimony. We can also modify your existing child custody or child support order after your divorce.

• Domestic violence and paternity cases, including cases to establish your rights for child custody, support and visitation when you have child or children born outside of the marriage.
We offer free initial consultation by phone.

We are ready to answer all you questions. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

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