Expert Representation from an Experienced Divorce Lawyer
In divorce law, the difference is truly in the details. At Rombro & Associates in Manhattan Beach, our detail-oriented approach has helped us establish a formidable record of success representing clients in California divorces. We prepare early and thoroughly, making sure we have all the facts in hand. When disputes arise, we are prepared to resolve them through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or traditional litigation. If you are looking for a divorce lawyer to guide you through these trying times, you can trust in our compassionate representation.
Divorce In California
California law views marriage as a contract, and getting a divorce is like the dissolution of a business. The problem with this analogy is that a divorce is often one of the most extraordinarily emotional and distressing events a person ever goes through. Successful legal representation requires sensitivity to the emotional component along with the skills and experience to see that your rights are adequately represented.
Our attorneys are not only knowledgeable in divorce law, but have also had their own lives touched by these sensitive issues. We understand what you are going through, and we are prepared to help.
What Are Grounds For Divorce?
California is a "no-fault" jurisdiction, meaning that one party does not have to prove misconduct on the part of the other to obtain a divorce. A divorce may instead be granted on the basis of irreconcilable differences between the parties. Issues such as marital infidelity or habitual drunkenness do not generally affect property division as they do in fault-based jurisdictions, although factors such as domestic violence can have significant impact on child custody issues.
Understanding The Divorce Process
In a divorce, all marital property, credit, and debt is subject to division. The parties begin with a full and complete disclosure of assets and debts, and have an affirmative obligation to provide detailed information. The court may give temporary orders providing for child support or spousal support, or setting custody and visitation guidelines until a final order is entered.
If there are contested issues, the parties may attempt to resolve them through negotiation or mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached, the dispute must be resolved in court. Following a trial the judge will decide issues such as property division, child custody and support, and spousal support. A divorce may be finalized as early as six months after a petition is filed if the parties are in full agreement; however, finalizing the divorce process can take longer where the parties do not agree and depending on how contentious the issues are.
Child Custody And Support
The courts generally favor granting both parents access to the child, which is also known as joint custody. Both parents have an obligation to support their minor children. In every case, the best interests of the child is the court's primary concern. Before hearing a request for child custody, the courts require that the parties attend mediation.
One spouse must have been a resident of California for six months before filing for divorce in California. However, even if you haven't been in California long enough to divorce, you can still file for legal separation. During a legal separation, the judge can grant temporary orders to protect your interests. After establishing residency, you can change the request from legal separation to divorce.
Be Sure That You Are Comfortable With Your Legal Representation
A divorce can be a difficult and extraordinarily emotional time for the people involved, causing severe disruptions to the finances and daily lives of the spouses. A qualified and experienced divorce attorney can be an invaluable asset, making sure that you are treated fairly and that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Contact our divorce lawyers to discuss your divorce law needs.
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