Orange County Divorce Attorney
If you believe your marriage is heading toward a divorce, or the process has already begun, Kaufman Steinberg can help. Our experienced divorce attorneys have represented many spouses and partners in the divorce and separation process, and we understand this can be a stressful and emotional time for you. We will take time to listen to you, learn about your situation, and understand your needs and goals. We will give you honest advice and fully inform you of the law, because you need to make informed, educated decisions on how to proceed. Kaufman Steinberg will zealously represent you and protect your rights and interests during the divorce process, whether it’s resolved through negotiation, mediation or litigation.
If you’ve decided to end your marriage or domestic partnership, or if your spouse or partner has already made that decision, think about what you want to do in the future. Though a divorce is the end of a marriage, it’s also the beginning of your new life. Think about your new goals, then talk to us, and we will work together with you to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family.
In California, either spouse or partner can end the marriage:
- Even if the other spouse/partner doesn’t want a divorce, the process can’t be stopped. Refusing to participate in the case will only result in a default judgment against the uncooperative spouse/partner and the divorce will proceed without your participation.
- As a “no fault” divorce state, California law does not require a showing the other party did something wrong or caused the couple to split. To start the divorce process, all one spouse/partner needs to claim is that there are “irreconcilable differences” causing the breakup of the marriage.
Just because there are “no fault” divorces in California, that doesn’t mean a divorce will go smoothly. There are any number of issues than could create disputes, and if not resolved, which may result in litigation, including:
- Child custody and support
- Spousal/partner support or alimony
- Division of assets and debts, including family owned businesses
Normally the family court system prefers that there be shared legal and physical custody for children, but a judge will make a different order if the parents agree or it’s shown to be in the best interests of the child. A child support payment schedule is normally used, but a judge may agree to deviate from the norm depending on the facts of the situation. Normally assets and debts are divided based on what’s considered community (divided up between the spouses) and separate (belongs to only one person). Whether an asset or debt is separate or community (and if so, who gets what) can be a very contentious issue.
Getting a divorce or a legal separation can be a traumatic, emotional time. With an understanding, compassionate attorney by your side, giving you advice based on years of experience in divorce cases and aggressively defending your rights and protecting your interests, the process will be manageable for you and your children. Kaufman Steinberg attorneys counsel clients through the divorce process, help them obtain the best possible outcomes, and prepare them for their futures.
If you have questions or concerns about divorce law and the legal process, or need legal representation in a divorce or separation action, contact Kaufman Steinberg today. We can get you in touch with an Orange County Divorce Attorney to discuss your situation, applicable laws, how they may apply in your case and your best legal options.