Resolution of disputes using formal discovery, motions practice, trial court work and (if necessary) an appeal. A Superior Court Judge will be making decisions about your life:
1. Custody/Support of your Children.
2. Spousal Support (amount & duration).
3. Confirmation of Separate Property.
4. Division of Community Property.
5. Reimbursement Rights.
6. Validity of any Agreements.
7. Date of Separation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) addresses all the same issues as Litigation. If both parties agree, you retain control of the entire process through:
MEDIATION. Hiring us as a neutral mediator to facilitate negotiations and draft/file all documents necessary to resolve all of the issues of your case.
COLLABORATIVE LAW. Hiring us as your lawyer to work with the other side and their lawyer to mediate a solution.
PRIVATE JUDGE. In California, you can hire a private judge to make legally binding decisions without a formal trial in a courthouse.
Enforceable Agreements under the Family Code must be in writing:
1. Pre-marital (aka Prenuptial) Agreements are made in contemplation of marriage and set forth the rights and obligations of the parties during the marriage; and provide a way to mitigate the impact of divorce.
2. Marital Agreements are made during marriage to alter the default characterization of the property rights of the parties.
3. Marriage Settlement Agreements (MSA) are made in contemplation of dissolution. They resolve property & support rights between parties and can be used to provide for the custody and care of minor children.
You may already be divorced, but changed circumstances require a modification of the judgment to address:
1. Child/Spousal Support Modification. Has your income changed? Has your ex-spouse's income changed? Has visitation timeshare changed?
2. Child Custody/Visitation Modification. Have the needs of your children changed? Is either parent contemplating a move-away that will interfere with the status quo?
Domestic Violence robs its victim of safety. Do not negotiate with violence. Take immediate action of you are a victim.
Domestic Violence robs the agressor of the respect of the community and the trust of family and friends. And there may be criminal penalties.
Children in homes where Domestic Violence occurs are victims. Injuries come in many forms and are not always visible. If your children are victims, you risk losing them to the juvenile justice system for failing to protect them. A one-time incident might be forgiven, but it has consequences, including the possibility that your contact with your children will be severely limited.
Domestic Violence requires immediate action.