Our main goal at San Diego Divorce Lawyers is to make the difficult period of divorce easier for you and your loved ones. After you make a decision to get divorced, there are many things you need to take into consideration. The number of decisions that need to be made in regards to family law can be overwhelming. Between figuring out what’s in the best interest of the children, to splitting of mutual assets and also wanting to make sure that you aren’t saying or doing anything that will jeopardize your case, having a dedicated family law attorney by your side is a valuable resource. Our family law lawyers are compassionate and treat their clients as if they were their own family. Whether it’s confusion and anxiety due to a divorce or the guilt-ridden feeling of separating the family tree, our family law and divorce attorneys will be by your side every step of the way.
Family Law in San Diego, CA
Here are some of the ways that our divorce and family law attorneys can help you:
There are two forms of child custody: legal and physical. In California, both parents have joint legal custody and make decisions about the child’s welfare including medical
decisions, education decisions, and safety decisions. Physical custody refers to where the child will reside. Our attorneys will work with you to help fight for your rights to retain physical custody or achieve physical custody of your child.
Child support is to be given to the primary custodian parent up until the age of 18 years old. It’s used for necessities for the child including food, shelter, clothing, and medical expenses. There are many factors that go into deciding how much child support will be given to the primary custodian of the parent, In California, there is a specific formula. Our child custody lawyers can also help you modify or change your current agreement.
In California, the family court values having both parents actively present in a child’s life as equally as possible. However, due to school and other commitments, it’s not always possible for the child to be with their parents 50/50. We will work with your soon to be ex-spouse to create a visitation schedule that fits everyone needs. We will also work with you if you need to modify or change your visitation schedule.
Asset & Property Division
Most assets and property that are acquired during the tenure of marriage are referred to as Common Property. In California, all common property must be equally split between the two spouses regardless of the title of ownership. This is the same for all debts such as mortgages, car loans or credit card debt that have come on during the marriage.
Sometime’s a marriage ends. In a collaborative divorce, the parties have ended their marriage on good terms are willing to work together to sort out much of the decisions that need to be made. Usually, in a collaborative divorce, there is no reason to go to court and much can be settled in person.
Many victims of domestic violence are too afraid to file for divorce out of fear of their lives and child’s safety. Our dedicated divorce attorneys are advocates for women’s rights and can help you file a petition for divorce and help secure a restraining order to protect you from reprisal.
With more and more children being born outside of marriage, a lot of questions begin about parental rights. In California, the biological mother has full legal and custody rights to the child. In order for the father to have legal rights, the mother and father must agree to a voluntary declaration of paternity. In the event that this does not happen our attorneys can help you petition to establish paternity.
Like with child support, there are numerous factors that go into determining spousal support. How long the spousal support will last depends on the length of marriage. If the marriage was less than 10 years, then it will be half of that length. For marriages over 10 years, there is a not set duration and the court may rule in favor of “lifetime support”.
While many divorces do end amicable, there are some cases where they do not. Our dedicated attorneys are not afraid to go to court and litigate your divorce proceedings or child custody hearings in front of a judge. They will work diligently and present your case in the best possible light to ensure that you preserve not only your financial resources while you enter the next phase of your life but also preserve the loving and caring relationship you have with your children.
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