The process of ending your marriage can feel very overwhelming. To get answers to your specific questions, contact The Law Office of Steven J. Brown to discuss your divorce and family law questions with an experienced Chino Hills family law attorney.
When faced with a family law issue, it can be valuable to work with a family lawyer. They take on a variety of roles in the process, depending on what the situation requires. Many people may be surprised by the complexity of family law. Things like property division, child and spousal support, child custody, and the many issues related to domestic violence can be complicated and challenging to work through.
Therefore, family lawyers can help with an understanding of the legal aspects of family law. They can be a guide through these legal mazes. A good family lawyer will make sure you have a firm understanding of the process you’re going through and the expectations that you should have. This can help you set your expectations in a way that’s aligned with how the law is likely to rule on your situation, helping you better process the situation emotionally.
Another thing a family lawyer can do is offer you advice about what may be the most effective next steps based on your circumstances and objectives. There are often a number of legal options available, depending on your interests. Maybe you need to decide whether to appeal an unfavorable settlement, for instance. A lawyer can help you identify what steps and processes are most likely to result in what you’re seeking.
Finally, a family lawyer will also act as your representative through the legal processes and negotiations associated with family law. This is a tremendously important and beneficial part of working with a family lawyer. These processes are often emotional, and it can help to have someone who understands the complexity of the situation to make your case for you.
The attorneys at The Law Office of Steven J. Brown defend your rights in all matters of family law. If you believe your rights are in danger, do not delay contacting us. Call 909.597.2445 or contact us online for an initial consultation. We serve clients in Pomona, Chino Hills, Riverside, Ontario, Orange County, Los Angeles county and the entire Inland Empire region of Southern California.
The time needed to finalize your divorce depends upon many factors. Divorce proceedings can be complicated by any custodial disputes you may have with the other parent, the number of assets you and your spouse share and whether they must be sold. Your and your spouse’s ability to resolve your differences on your own may also affect the time needed to finalize your divorce. The faster you can resolve any custody disputes or division of property, for instance, the sooner your divorce can be finalized. In no event can your divorce be concluded in a time frame less than 6 months from the initial filing of divorce paperwork.
Unless there is a chance or possibility for domestic violence to occur between you and your significant other, there is no legal reason to move out of the marital home. Deciding who should have the marital home or whether it should be sold can be complicated.
An attorney at The Law Office of Steven J. Brown can best explain your rights and help you decide what move to make.
No, you do not need evidence of your spouse’s infidelity. California is a no-fault jurisdiction, which means that it does not matter which party is at fault for causing the marriage to fail. Also, an affair is not an issue in a child custody dispute unless the other parent can establish that the presence of the third person is detrimental to the child’s health, safety, welfare or best interests.
The California Family Law Code sets the guidelines for determining the child support amount. According to the Code there are several variables to be considered, including —
Yes, you usually can get court-ordered child support within two to three months of filing your divorce petition. Remember, the sooner you file your petition, the sooner you will be able to seek child support.
If you earn less than your spouse, you may be able to collect spousal support. If you are a stay-at-home parent and the other parent is the primary earner, you may receive spousal support for a certain period of time. The amount of time you receive support typically depends on how long you were married and how qualified you are to return to work and support yourself.
Divorce is the final termination of your status as a married person to your spouse. Legal Separation can have all of the same characteristics as a divorce, except a judgment of Legal Separation means that you are still married to the spouse, but that you are legally separated. The benefit of divorce is that you are totally and completely done with that spouse and you are free to re-marry once your divorce becomes final.
If you have a judgment of Legal Separation, then you are not free to re-marry unless and until you divorce your spouse. Individuals typically seek a Legal Separation as opposed to a divorce when they are member(s) of a certain religion that does not permit divorce or when one of the parties may be required to stay on the health insurance policy of the spouse. A decree of divorce will terminate the health care benefits, while a decree of Legal Separation typically will not.
Family law concerns tend to be some of the more complex issues that are dealt with in the law. They have all the complexity of business and contract law with the added dimension of significant emotional investment.
For most people, there is nothing more important to them than the issues involved in family law. Most everything that we do in life is in service of our families and children. This brings an extra element of emotion and tension to the proceedings. Sometimes, this can lead to a very contentious process involving things like custody battles.
In family law situations, you need a lawyer who is not only familiar with the relevant law but is also able to help manage the intense emotions involved in the situation. An honest lawyer is a crucial asset to help you understand the reasonable expectations you may be able to have.
The ability to effectively explain your legal options, negotiate on your behalf, and give accurate advice is the product of extensive experience with the challenges of family law. At Steven J. Brown, Attorney At Law, we have experience handling the toughest of family law cases. If you’re looking for someone who can give you the legal help you need, along with compassion and understanding, contact us today.