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Our legal team at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles has experience representing clients in a wide variety of divorce and family law cases and can provide you with honest and upfront legal advice about any number of issues related to your divorce, including child custody, child support and alimony, to name a few. Our attorneys understand that a divorce can be difficult and painful for parents and their children alike and we will work tirelessly to help your family reach a solution that best suits your needs and your legal rights under California law.
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Filing for divorce and everything that comes along with it, like spousal support, marital property division and child custody and visitation disputes, can be messy and complicated and without the help of an attorney who specializes in Los Angeles divorce and family law, reaching an agreeable solution to these problems can be a frustrating and overwhelming process that drags on and causes your family even more pain. Our goal at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles is to make the entire process easier on you and your children, and that includes helping you negotiate an amicable agreement in mediation or reaching a fast and fair divorce settlement should your case go to court. For more information about divorce and family law litigation in Los Angeles, call Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles today at (213) 550-4600.
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Celebrity Divorces That Are Still Confusing for Us

Unless you are in a relationship, you never really know what’s going on behind closed doors. That being said, there are still a number of celebrity divorces that still have us reeling and wondering “but why didn’t they work?” Celebrity Divorces That Are Still Confusing for Us Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Chris Pratt The post Celebrity Divorces That Are Still Confusing for Us appeared first on...

Unless you are in a relationship, you never really know what’s going on behind closed doors. That being said, there are still a number of celebrity divorces that still have us reeling and wondering “but why didn’t they work?”

Celebrity Divorces That Are Still Confusing for Us

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris officially announced their split on Aug. 6, 2017. The couple seemed perfect for each other. When they divorced the two released this shared statement: “Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

The Hollywood power couple that had been together for years shocked us when Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016. The two are still negotiating the terms of their divorce and custody of their six children—Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum

Dewan and Tatum met on the set of their 2006 movie Step Up.  After 9 years of marriage, the two decided to “lovingly separate” in April 2018. The two, which seemed so happy from the outside released this statement upon their divorce: “There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.”

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

After two and half years of marriage, the Wanderlust co-stars announced their divorce in February 2018. The couple released this statement: “This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

Sometimes you might not see a divorce coming, and sometimes the writing is on the walls. If you are facing divorce, or even just beginning to think about it, you’ll want to consult a family law attorney that can advise you on the process. You might not be ready to file, but if it’s a thought in your mind, you’ll want to understand the process and what you will need to do should you decide to go through with a divorce.

Hiring an Attorney

Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult, stressful and emotionally draining experiences in a person’s life, and hiring an attorney early in the process can help avoid the mistakes that inevitably occur when parties seeking divorce represent themselves in court. The legal system can be confusing for anyone without an extensive legal background and family law cases, in particular, can become complicated and messy when not dealt with properly. Our attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles have the experience and resources necessary to handle high-asset divorces in L.A. and the surrounding areas, and the competence to resolve critical disputes, including those that involve marital property division and child custody and visitation arrangements. Whether your California divorce case requires aggressive negotiation, mediation or representation at trial, hiring a knowledgeable attorney to represent your case can help ease any concerns you may have about the outcome of your case and may even help resolve your case more quickly.

How to File for Divorce in California

California is a no-fault divorce state, which means that either party in a marriage has the right to file for divorce for no other reason than “irreconcilable differences,” and property settlements in CA divorce cases are not influenced by the behavior of either spouse, although child custody and visitation rights can be. Under California Family Code § 2320, in order for a judge to grant a divorce in California, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for six months, and in most cases, the individual seeking divorce must file in his or her county of residence, where he or she must have lived for at least three months. Once the divorce papers have been filed, California law dictates that the filing party must wait at least six months from the date the other spouse received the paperwork before the divorce can be finalized.

The Divorce Process

The steps you need to take to file your divorce will depend on the particulars of your situation and circumstances. A divorce where the parties have been married for a relatively short period of time, have no children, and little property or debts is typically less involved than a divorce where the parties have been married for a long period of time, where there are minor children, or where there is significant property or debt to divide.

The divorce process is also made simpler in cases where both parties want to and agree to divorce. In cases where one party wants a divorce and the other does not, the opposing party might choose to prolong the process as much as possible.

If both parties are able to agree to the terms of the divorce, the process will be smoother as opposed to one where both parties are constantly disagreeing and fighting over the terms.

Filing a petition

The first step in the divorce process is filing a petition. Even when both parties agree to divorce, one of them will need to file a petition that states the grounds for the divorce. The grounds for divorce vary depending on the jurisdiction. All jurisdictions allow for some type of no-fault grounds such as “irreconcilable differences”, but only a few states still consider fault grounds for divorce, such as adultery or abandonment. California is a no-fault state so the grounds will be “irreconcilable differences.”

Temporary Orders

Next, temporary orders will need to be put in place. These orders are for spousal and/or child support and custody. A temporary order is usually granted within a few days and remains in effect until a full court hearing.

Service of Process

The party that files the divorce also needs to file proof of service of process. This is a document that shows a copy of the divorce petition was given to the other party. If you are working with an attorney, he or she will be able to arrange this.

Response

The party who receives service of process then needs to file a response to the petition. The responding party may choose to assert a defense to the grounds. If there is disagreement as to property division, support, custody, or any other issue, this should be set out in the response.

Negotiation

If the parties don’t agree on all the issues such as child custody or spousal support, they will need to try to negotiate their differences. A court may schedule settlement conferences in an attempt to have the parties resolve their issues. If the parties disagree on child custody and visitation, the court may also choose to order mediation, evaluation of the children and parents by a social worker or other court employee and that a lawyer or guardian ad litem be appointed to represent the children. Other issues that may need to be negotiated are the property division and any spousal support.

Trial

Any issues the parties cannot resolve between themselves will be decided at a trial. However, going to trial takes longer, costs more money, and may have less predictable results.

Order of Dissolution

The order of dissolution ends the marriage and spells out how property and debts are to be divided, child custody, support and any other issues. When the parties negotiate their own resolution to all of the issues, they draft the order of dissolution and submit it to the court. If the order of dissolution complies with legal requirements and both parties entered into it knowingly and willingly, then a judge approves it. Otherwise the court will issue an Order of Dissolution at the end of the trial.

How an Experienced Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Not all divorce cases in California go to court. In some cases, couples can resolve their divorce disputes through negotiation or mediation, during which an attorney can make sure your best interests are being represented. Too often, couples filing for divorce believe they can handle the proceedings on their own and end up making a bigger mess of their situation than they started with. While we do encourage spouses filing for divorce to reach an agreement outside of court and try to avoid divorce litigation altogether, especially when children are involved, our experienced Los Angeles divorce attorneys can assist with every aspect of the divorce process and will aggressively represent your case before a judge if it comes to that. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your case, we still stand by your side and ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the process.

Free Divorce Consultation in Los Angles

Divorce proceedings are not always simple and straightforward, especially when children are involved. In many cases, the consequences of a divorce can affect a person for the rest of his or her life, possibly resulting in a significant loss of financial support or reduced child visitation rights. A qualified divorce attorney however, can help you navigate the complex intricacies of family law and can negotiate the best settlement on your behalf. For more information about California divorce law and the divorce process, contact Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles for a risk-free initial consultation. Our main goal as divorce attorneys is to help you evaluate your options under California law and make informed decisions that protect your interests and legal rights. Don’t wait to get help, call our Los Angeles legal team today at (213) 550-4600.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (213) 550-4600

Web: https://divorcelawyerslosangeles.com

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Are You a Doctor Facing Divorce?

Doctors are in the practice of saving lives. When they can’t save their marriages, the fact that they’re a doctor can make the divorce even more difficult. Divorcing Doctors When it comes to property division in divorce, being a doctor can complicate an already complicated situation. According to statistics, one in three married physicians The post Are You a Doctor Facing Divorce? appeared first on...

Doctors are in the practice of saving lives. When they can’t save their marriages, the fact that they’re a doctor can make the divorce even more difficult.

Divorcing Doctors

When it comes to property division in divorce, being a doctor can complicate an already complicated situation. According to statistics, one in three married physicians will go through a divorce, which isn’t all that surprising, given the fact that physicians often work long hours and sometimes have to put the needs of their patients before their own or their family’s. there are many factors that contribute to divorce, but among doctors here are some common reasons:

  • The inherent demands of the job;
  • The emotional work experiences of physicians, particularly those in surgical and psychiatric specialties;
  • Marrying before medical school graduation;
  • Expressing more anger under stress

Divorces in general are often complicated situations, but in the case of a medical doctor with significant property and assets or high net worth, it can be even more so.

Marital Property Division in California Divorces

One of the most important things to consider when filing for divorce is that California is a community property state, which means that all assets and debts acquired during the marriage belong to both spouses equally and must therefore be equally divided in divorce, which is why many medical doctors in California insist on a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. If you are a medical doctor in Los Angeles and you opened your practice after getting married, the financial value of the practice or the increase in the practice’s value during the marriage could be subject to a 50-50 split during your divorce. Even if your practice was already established when you were married, but your spouse gave up a potentially promising career to further your own aspirations or worked in the office at a reduced pay or without any pay, your spouse may be entitled to a share of the practice in divorce.

When it comes to property division, the divorcing couple must do three things: determine whether the property or debt is marital or separate, agree on a value for the marital property, and decide how to divide the marital property equally. The division of marital property in California is final, which is why it’s important that you obtain the best possible result from the outset, and this is where having an experienced family law attorney on your side is immensely helpful.

Medical Practice and Property Division

When a physician gets divorced the value of the medical practice as a financial asset must be determined. These days, most doctors belong to a partnership or group practice. A knowledgeable family law attorney like the ones at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles will ask the following key questions to get the evaluation process started:

What kind of entity is the group practice?
Was it established before or during the marriage?
How was the practice funded?
Was stock issued to any participants?
Is there a buy/sell agreement for the business?
Is there any future vesting of ownership/stock the participant could be entitled to after the divorce is finalized if the participant acquired such a right during the marriage?

You’ll want to make sure you have all this information because it will affect the valuation of the practice.  Chances are your lawyer will suggest working with an accountant with experience in assessing the value of medical practices specifically. That accountant will examine tangible and financial assets, accounts receivable, office equipment and furniture, the office lease and the overall value of the practice including profitability.

“Goodwill”

The valuation may also include what is known as “goodwill.” Goodwill is considered an intangible asset and means the expectation of continued patronage of the practice, or whether the physician will continue to be able to maintain as well as increase the number of patients. To asses this, many things are considered, including the physician’s age, health, skills, knowledge, reputation and earning power. The length of time the practice has been open, the location of the practice, and the existing patients will all be taken into consideration when determining “goodwill.”

Other liabilities to consider include insurance costs, taxes due, contributions to retirement plans and loans.

Additional Considerations

An accountant will also make sure that the divorcing partner has been receiving his or her fair share of income from the practice and that the amount is equivalent to what the other partners are receiving. You will need to be forthright with your financial information. Any effort to misrepresent your income could be considered fraud. It’s also advised that you notify your partners in practice of the impending divorce. In certain situations the divorce might become their legal problem as well.

A Note:
In many jurisdictions a non-physician cannot own a medical practice or employ a physician. Legally, a spouse who is not a physician cannot, under any circumstances, take over a share of a medical practice. This is important to remember because that means a spouse that is not a physician cannot become an “owner” of the practice as part of a divorce settlement.

Divorcing spouses will need to arrive at a financial settlement based on the value of the practice. If spouses are unable to decide, it will be left up to the court to decide for both parties.

If you are able to, you should include in practice agreements a stipulation that if the marriage of one of the partners or participants is dissolved, all of that member’s stock in the practice is forfeited. (It may be possible for the doctor in the divorce to buy back into the practice once the divorce is completed.

Additional Legal Mistakes

It’s essential that if you are a doctor and you are facing divorce that you choose an attorney with substantial experience in the process. Some of the most costly legal mistakes doctors make in a divorce include:

  • Hiring an inexperienced attorney
  • Failing to disclose damaging personal and/or business information to their attorney
  • Failing to insist on a confidentiality agreement to protect their patient list and other confidential information related to the practice
  • Understating or overstating the value of their medical practice
  • Disregarding important deadlines and requests for information
  • Never having had an active role in the care of their children
  • Failing to consider tax consequences
  • Failing to make a complete inventory of assets and debts

Working with a lawyer that is skilled with not only physician involved divorces, but also skilled with high-net-worth divorces is crucial to having the best result in your divorce.

Understanding What Divorce Means for You

Divorce is often complicated and messy, and even in situations where both spouses agree to dissolve the marriage, a divorce is not always a straightforward resolution, especially for medical doctors. A divorce can have serious consequences on your children, friends and relatives, and if you own your own medical practice, on your employees and on the practice itself. Many physicians in Los Angeles have toiled for years and sacrificed a great deal in other parts of their lives to build successful medical practices. What they don’t realize is that, in the event of a divorce, if their spouse claims the practice as marital property and demands payment of cash or other assets, their practice could be at stake.

There are also the issues of spousal support, or alimony, and child support to consider, both of which you may be ordered to pay if you get a divorce and you are the higher-earning spouse and/or if your children live with your spouse the majority of the time. During divorce proceedings, the court can decide which spouse gets custody of the children (if the couple has children together), what amount of child support or alimony will be paid, and how to divide the marital property. It’s also important to note that California is a no-fault divorce state, which means proof of misconduct has no bearing on the judge’s decision to grant a divorce, though it may be relevant to other decisions, including the calculation of spousal support.

How an Experienced Medical Doctor Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Going through a divorce can be complicated, stressful and exhausting, and many times, couples will disagree on how their property should be divided, which can cause the divorce proceedings to drag on longer than anticipated. Because so many different issues can arise from a divorce filing, it’s important that you have a knowledgeable California family law attorney on your side who has a proven track record in Los Angeles divorce cases. Simply put, an attorney with experience representing medical doctors in Los Angeles divorce proceedings can make the divorce process significantly easier on you and your family. Our attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles are committed to protecting your rights under California law and will work tirelessly to minimize the emotional and financial consequences of a divorce and help you obtain a fair settlement in your case.

Free Medical Doctor Divorce Consultation in Los Angeles

One of the most contentious legal issues arising from Los Angeles divorce proceedings is the division of property and assets, and this is especially true for medical doctors with a high net worth. The adverse consequences of a divorce can have an effect on the rest of your life, and as in other areas of family law practice, the first step towards success in a medical doctor divorce case is hiring the right attorney to represent your best interests. If you are considering filing for divorce in Los Angeles, or if you have been served divorce papers by your spouse, and one of you is a medical doctor, contact Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles today at (213) 550-4600 for a free initial consultation.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (213) 550-4600

Web: https://divorcelawyerslosangeles.com

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Don’t Skip Your Divorce Court Hearing

If you’re trying to stop your divorce or delay proceedings one of the worst things you can do is skip your court hearing! Don’t Skip Your Divorce Court Hearing There are many reasons you may choose to not appear at your divorce court hearing – apathy, anger, depression, or guilt. If you are fighting The post Don’t Skip Your Divorce Court Hearing appeared first on...

If you’re trying to stop your divorce or delay proceedings one of the worst things you can do is skip your court hearing!

Don’t Skip Your Divorce Court Hearing

There are many reasons you may choose to not appear at your divorce court hearing – apathy, anger, depression, or guilt. If you are fighting your divorce, all of these emotions are common. Don’t let these emotions get you further in trouble though.

Failing to Appear in Court

Failure to appear in divorce court legally means you have skipped a scheduled court date without notifying the court. By doing so you can be charged with contempt of court. Additionally, a judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest and you may also have to pay a fine.

Not showing up can also give the court a bad impression and allows your spouse to tell the court whatever they want to. When you aren’t there to speak in court, you’re not able to defend yourself. Their testimony will be recorded as part of the record, in addition to the fact that you did not show up. Once something is added to the court record, it can be very hard to disprove it.

Coping with Divorce Emotions

Divorce can obviously bring up a lot of emotions. These emotions can be the hardest part of the process. Do not let them get in the way of the decisions you need to make. Here are some tips for working through this difficult adjustment.

It’s OK to have different feelings. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, anxious, exhausted, frustrated and confused—and these feelings can be intense but will lessen over time.

Take a break. Allow yourself permission to take a break. Chances are you will not have the motivation to do many of the things you used to. No one is superman or superwoman.  Take time for yourself to allow yourself to heal, regroup and re-energize.

Don’t go through this alone. Friends and family can help you get through this period. You might also consider joining a support group. Other people have, and are currently going through what you are. In a support group you’ll be able to talk to others in similar situations. Do not isolate yourself. And never be afraid to get outside help if you need it.

Take care of yourself emotionally as well as physically. Exercising, eating well, and relaxing are all crucial at this time. Try to keep to your normal routines as much as possible. Avoid making any major decisions or changes in life plans. This can be hard, but it’s best to avoid turning to alcohol, drugs or cigarettes as a way to cope; they only lead to more problems.

Avoid power struggles and arguments with your spouse or former spouse. Negotiating your relationship with your soon-to-be-exes will be one of the most difficult things you do. Learning how to communicate in a civil way, especially if the relationship has turned contentious, is crucial. If a conversation with your ex begins to turn into a fight, calmly suggest you both try talking again later. It’s okay to take a break from the conversation, whether it be in person, on the phone, or via text or email.

Take time to explore your interests. Reconnect with things you enjoy doing apart from your spouse. Maybe you’ve always been interested in something but you’ve never had the chance to try it out. Sign up for a class or a league, invest time in your hobbies, volunteer, and take the time you have now to enjoy life and make new friends.

Be flexible. As you go through navigating your past-divorce life, you’ll also need to be flexible. This is especially true if you have children with your spouse. Figuring out child visitation, holidays, and new schedules can be difficult. While these schedules should be agreed to and planned, remember that instances will always arise to throw those schedules out of whack. Be flexible when this happens, while understanding that sometimes you will also need to adjust the pre-agreed-to schedule.

Be positive. This is the hardest part, but staying positive can change the entire course of how you deal with the aftermath of your divorce. Be patient with yourself and try to find as much joy in your day as possible.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

The decision to dissolve a marriage should never be taken lightly, nor should the process of deciding on marital property division, spousal support, child support or child custody rights. If you are considering filing for divorce in California or if you have been served divorce papers, your first course of action should be to contact the experienced attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles. Our California divorce practice prides itself on aggressively representing the best interests of our clients and our attorneys will work tirelessly to limit the stress, fear, uncertainty and financial difficulties that typically accompany divorce cases. With Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles on your side, you can feel confident that your case will be handled with competence and compassion, from start to finish.

Affordable Los Angeles Divorce Attorney

Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult, stressful and emotionally draining experiences in a person’s life, and hiring an attorney early in the process can help avoid the mistakes that inevitably occur when parties seeking divorce represent themselves in court. The legal system can be confusing for anyone without an extensive legal background and family law cases in particular can become complicated and messy when not dealt with properly. Our attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles have the experience and resources necessary to handle high-asset divorces in L.A. and the surrounding areas, and the competence to resolve critical disputes, including those that involve marital property division and child custody and visitation arrangements. Whether your California divorce case requires aggressive negotiation, mediation or representation at trial, hiring a knowledgeable attorney to represent your case can help ease any concerns you may have about the outcome of your case and may even help resolve your case more quickly.

Understanding What Divorce Means for You

According to statistics, nearly 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce, or a dissolution of marriage, and whether your divorce is uncontested or contested – meaning you and your spouse disagree on one or more issues – it’s important to fight for what is rightfully yours once the marriage ends. A failed marriage can be emotionally and financially draining and taking the right steps at the start of a divorce can help you protect your own interests, your children and your finances. Divorces are always easier to get through when both parties make a good faith effort to work together to reach an amicable solution to any potential disagreements, but, sadly, this is rarely the case in today’s divorce proceedings. Because of this fact, hiring an attorney with experience handling California divorce cases should be your first step when considering divorce or after you have been served divorce papers.

Filing an Uncontested Divorce in California

You are also able to file an uncontested divorce in California. An “uncontested divorce” is where you and your spouse reach an uncomplicated resolution to your divorce case. You’re able to file an uncontested divorce if the following apply:

  • You and your spouse agree on how to handle property, money, and child custody and visitation. In some cases, this means neither party will need to file a response to court filing.
  • Your spouse does not disagree with you on your requests and is not likely to file forms in court saying so. In a situation where the spouse does not file a response, the Petitioner will receive a “default” judgment.

With an uncontested case, you may not need to have the court hear your case. Instead, the case can be handled by mail or by brief contact with the judge or the judge’s clerk.

How an Experienced Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Not all divorce cases in California go to court. In some cases, couples can resolve their divorce disputes through negotiation or mediation, during which an attorney can make sure your best interests are being represented. Too often, couples filing for divorce believe they can handle the proceedings on their own and end up making a bigger mess of their situation than they started with. While we do encourage spouses filing for divorce to reach an agreement outside of court and try to avoid divorce litigation altogether, especially when children are involved, our experienced Los Angeles divorce attorneys can assist with every aspect of the divorce process and will aggressively represent your case before a judge if it comes to that. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your case, we still stand by your side and ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the process.

Free Divorce Consultation in Los Angles

Divorce proceedings are not always simple and straightforward, especially when children are involved. In many cases, the consequences of a divorce can affect a person for the rest of his or her life, possibly resulting in a significant loss of financial support or reduced child visitation rights. A qualified divorce attorney however, can help you navigate the complex intricacies of family law and can negotiate the best settlement on your behalf. For more information about California divorce law and the divorce process, contact Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles for a risk-free initial consultation. Our main goal as divorce attorneys is to help you evaluate your options under California law and make informed decisions that protect your interests and legal rights. Don’t wait to get help, call our Los Angeles legal team today at (213) 550-4600.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (213) 550-4600

Web: https://divorcelawyerslosangeles.com

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Legal Separation is an Option

While divorce is often times a mutual decision, there are incidents where both parties do not agree to separate. When parties are not in agreement when it comes to ending their divorce, it can make discussions regarding property division, custody, and support decisions almost impossible. When the divorce is being contested, legal separation might The post Legal Separation is an Option appeared first on...

While divorce is often times a mutual decision, there are incidents where both parties do not agree to separate. When parties are not in agreement when it comes to ending their divorce, it can make discussions regarding property division, custody, and support decisions almost impossible. When the divorce is being contested, legal separation might be an option to consider.

Other Options – Separation

A couple does not always need to go right to divorce.  Legal separation is an option for couples who are determining if they actually want to end their divorce.

California is a no-fault state, and both a legal separation and a divorce require the same declaration of “grounds for divorce.” The two options for “grounds” are irreconcilable differences or the incurable insanity of your spouse.

You must have lived in the state for six months before you file for divorce, but there is no such residency requirement for a legal separation. After filing for divorce, you must wait an additional six months before your divorce can be final, but there is no waiting period for a legal separation. Once you file for legal separation, it is in place.

As part of a legal separation, you’ll want to draft an agreement. This can be beneficial should you decide to go through with a divorce.

Included in a Legal Separation Agreement

A decree of legal separation addresses the same things a divorce decree does. This includes any alimony or child support and any issues of custody, visitation and property distribution. The terms of each are binding.

To note: a legal separation does not end your marriage. You will not be able to remarry.

Why Do Couples Choose Legal Separation?

Often times, drafting an agreement gives couples the opportunity to sit down and talk about all the issues they might be facing. A legal separation also allows for spouses to stay on the same health insurance. This can be very helpful for spouses that

Other Benefits with Legal Separation

Legal separation can be a great option for couples who no longer want to be married but, for personal reasons, divorce is not an option. In California, however, there may be one other advantage – you can hasten the divorce process by filing for a legal separation first.

Moving Forward with Divorce

If you decide to divorce after your separation, California law allows you to convert your legal separation to a divorce. This can be done after your separation is final or at any point during the legal process. Either spouse is able to file a request for the conversion. This will require additional paperwork.

Another way to move your divorce along without establishing residency for 6 months (which is required in California), you can file for legal separation immediately. The six-month waiting period for a final divorce decree begins as you work through the legal separation procedure. When it has expired, you are able to file to convert your matter to a divorce.

Even if you feel like your marriage can be saved, and you do not want to pursue divorce, it’s advised that you work with a family law attorney. You’ll want to take actions to protect your assets, credit, home, children, and future right to support settlements. If your spouse files, a temporary hearing can be held in as little as a few days.

Do not feel like calling an attorney is “giving up” on your marriage. At Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles, our lawyers are well-versed in a variety of family law-related matters and we can help you understand the legal, emotional and financial implications of your divorce and the various issues that go along with it. Our legal team strives to handle each and every case as if it was our own and we can help you navigate the complexities of the California legal system so you can achieve the maximum recovery in your Los Angeles divorce or family law case. We will do everything in our power to make you feel comfortable and informed as you navigate the divorce waters.

Family Law

Divorce has many aspects, all of which need to be ironed out. This type of litigation falls under the title of family law. Family law covers the following aspects of divorce:

Child Custody

Child custody is the legal and practical relationship between a parent and a child in the parent’s care, involving the duty to care for and support the child.

One of the most important considerations during divorce should be establishing parental custody and visitation rights. There are two main types of child custody under California law: legal and physical custody.

Legal custody (California Family Code § 3003) can be joint, in which both parents share the right and responsibility to make important decisions about their children’s health, welfare and education, or sole, in which one parent is granted the exclusive responsibility for making these decisions, though the other parent may still have visiting rights. It is the presumption of the court in most divorce proceedings that it is in the best interest of the child to have continuing contact with both parents. However, if the parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan, it is up to the court to decide how they will share time with their children. Parents with legal custody are responsible for making the major decisions or choices about their children’s schooling or child care, residence, religious activities, mental health needs, medical needs, travel and extracurricular activities.

Physical custody (California Family Code § 3004) can also be joint, which means the children live with both parents, or sole, which means the children live with one parent for most of the time and may schedule regular visits with the other parent. California law favors joint legal and physical custody when both parents can agree to it. If they don’t agree, the court will establish a parenting plan that is in the children’s best interests.

Determining child custody is a sensitive, stressful matter that can easily become a point of contention among couples who are unable to agree on a shared plan for co-parenting their children. Our family law attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles have experience guiding divorce clients through productive child custody negotiations and can help you and the other parent create a workable, amicable custody agreement that meets the needs of the two of you and your children as well.

Alimony / Spousal Support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is an individual’s legal obligation to provide financial support to a former spouse after divorce.  In most cases of divorce in Los Angeles, one spouse earns more than the other, and during the marriage, the couple shared household income, which means the spouse who earns less suffers a far greater loss when the marriage ends.

Spousal support, more commonly known as alimony, payments are ongoing, periodic payments made from one spouse to another under a legal separation or divorce order issued by the court. Spousal support is intended to help an economically disadvantaged (or lower-earning) spouse continue to enjoy a similar standard of living after he or she is divorced. In most cases in Los Angeles, the spouse who earns a higher income is ordered by the court to pay alimony to the other spouse, though whether you are entitled to alimony in California divorce proceedings depends on a number of factors, including: your earning capacity, the length of your marriage and any documented history of domestic violence between you and your spouse. There are two types of spousal support in California:

  • Temporary spousal support – Set at your initial hearing and paid until a complete agreement is reached, or until a Final Order of Divorce is entered
  • Permanent spousal support– Paid for an indefinite period of time in an amount that can be modified later, if and when the financial circumstances of either spouse change

To file for spousal support in Los Angeles, the party requesting the payment must ask the judge to make a spousal support order, and this order must be issued as part of either a divorce or legal separation, or as part of a domestic violence restraining order. You can either ask that the alimony be paid while the case is going on (temporary spousal support) or once the divorce or legal separation becomes final, as part of the court judgment (permanent spousal support). Under California law, spousal support payments are automatically terminated upon the death or remarriage of the supported party. In some cases, the spousal support agreements can be changed, if the spouse making the payments suffers a significant financial hardship, or if the spouse receiving the payments suddenly requires less support.

Child Support

Child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial support of a child following the end of a marriage. The regulation of child support is an important issue among divorced or divorcing parents in Los Angeles, and the amount of child support owed by one parent to the other depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How much money the parents earn or can earn;
  • How many children the parents have together;
  • How much time each parent spends with the children;
  • Health insurance expenses;
  • The actual tax filing status of each parent;
  • The support of children from other relationships;
  • Mandatory retirement contributions;
  • Mandatory union dues; and
  • The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured healthcare costs.

Child custody, support and visitation arrangements are often the most hotly contested issues in divorce litigation and settlements in Los Angeles. With the cost of living in Los Angeles being so high, establishing the appropriate payment of child support from one parent to the other is one of the most important steps divorced or divorcing parents will have to take.

Property Division

The division of community property, or property acquired by the couple during their marriage, such as high assets, professional licenses, business ownership and other complex financial matters can be one of the most contentious issues to iron out during a divorce. In the state of California, complex property division involves the distribution of high-value marital assets, including retirement accounts, ownership rights to a business, professional practices and investment portfolios, among others, which can be a hotly contested issue for some couples.

California is a community property state, which means all property and assets (and debts) acquired by the couple during marriage is legally considered community property owned by both spouses equally and should therefore be divided equally in divorce. Some of the high-value assets at risk in high net worth divorces include:

  • Pensions
  • Stock options
  • Corporate business assets
  • Business valuations
  • Inheritances
  • Professional practices
  • Investment portfolios
  • Residential and commercial real estate
  • 401(k)s, IRAs and other retirement accounts

Los Angeles divorces involving complex property division due to significant assets, professional licenses, business ownership and other complicated financial matters are often highly contentious and high profile, but they don’t have to end in a bitter legal battle.

Free Family Law Consultation in Los Angeles

Legal matters that fall under the umbrella of family law tend to be contentious and therefore require a great deal of experience, compassion, communication and attention to detail. Far too often, family law cases that could have been settled amicably end up bitter court battles because the parties involved attempted to handle the matter on their own without reputable legal help, or they hired an attorney with no experience in family law. At Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles, we understand how difficult and frustrating the legal process can be, especially when dealing with sensitive family law issues, and our attorneys are committed to helping you achieve a favorable outcome, whether it is through private negotiation, third-party mediation or at trial. For more information about family law cases, the divorce process and spousal or child support in California, or to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable family law attorney, contact Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles today at (213) 550-4600.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (213) 550-4600

Web: https://divorcelawyerslosangeles.com

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Amber Heard Leaves Domestic Violence Situation

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce was one of the most publicized celebrity divorces in recent time. Unfortunately, it was also a good example of the options you have if you are in a domestic violence situation. Amber Heard Leaves Domestic Violence Situation Heard files for divorce from Depp in May 16. At the The post Amber Heard Leaves Domestic Violence Situation appeared first on...

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce was one of the most publicized celebrity divorces in recent time. Unfortunately, it was also a good example of the options you have if you are in a domestic violence situation.

Amber Heard Leaves Domestic Violence Situation

Heard files for divorce from Depp in May 16. At the time she petitioned for – and received – a restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. While Depp denies all accusations, Heard alleged that she had been abused throughout the entirety of their marriage.

After publicly vowing she would, Heard donated over $1 million of her divorce settlement to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was awarded $7 million in the settlement.

Are You in a Domestic Violence Situation?

If you are struggling through a domestic violence situation in your marriage, know that there are options for you.

You do not need to stay in your marriage.

Under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act “domestic violence” charges can be brought for a wide range of abuse, including spousal abuse and child endangerment. California Domestic Violence laws are in place to protect you from any threatening act, even if the accused had no intentions of harming you.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as “abuse by one partner against the other in a marriage or other type of intimate relationship.”

  • It directly affects an estimated four million people every year.
  • It’s estimated almost 40 percent of women in California will experience domestic violence during their lifetime.
    Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are significantly more likely to be victims than other age groups.
  • Of the women in that group, 75 percent had children under the age of 18 in the home.
  • In California, roughly 40 percent of the calls regarding domestic violence involved the use of a weapon.
  • Outreach programs in California answer about 38 calls per hour regarding domestic violence situations.
  • According to research, two-thirds of all marriages in the United States are affected by at least once occurrence of domestic violence, and while this type of violence can affect anyone, approximately 95% of all victims of domestic violence are women.

Classifying Domestic Violence

Under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (California Family Code § 6200), there are many different types of abuse that can be prosecuted as domestic violence, including the following:

  • pushing,
  • hitting,
  • sexual assault and other types of physical abuse,
  • stalking,
  • intimidation,
  • isolating a partner from others,
  • child endangerment,
  • and emotional abuse of any kind.

Instances often occur between spouses and this type of abuse often leads to or stems from a divorce action.

Affordable Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney

Family law and criminal law are two very different areas of the law, but there are some instances in which they overlap, including cases where a victim or a spouse falsely accused files for divorce. In such cases, it is important that you have an attorney on your side to represent your interests in court and to build a strong case on your behalf, taking into account all the facts. Whether your abuse was triggered by your decision to file for divorce or you are seeking divorce as a means of escaping an abusive relationship, our attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles can help. Filing for divorce amid claims of domestic violence can be challenging and this type of case requires the delicate hand of a knowledgeable family law lawyer. Our legal team has extensive experience protecting the safety and legal rights of domestic violence victims in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, and we will work tirelessly to help you reach a favorable outcome in your case.

How Will Domestic Violence Impact Your Divorce Filing?

Although committing acts of domestic violence against a spouse is unconscionable, California is a no-fault divorce state, which means proof of misconduct has no bearing on the court’s decision to grant a divorce between two spouses. However, there are some instances where a spouse’s misconduct can affect other decisions, like alimony or spousal support, namely a domestic violence conviction. Under California law, when a spouse has been convicted of abuse against the other spouse within the previous five years, the law presumes that the convicted spouse should not receive spousal support. The law also states that if a parent who is seeking custody of a child is found to have committed domestic violence against the other parent or the child, that parent should not receive joint or sole legal or physical custody of the child.

A conviction can also have an impact on the division of property in a couple’s California divorce proceedings, especially if the court has reason to believe that the abuse played a role in the failure of the marriage. California is a community property state, which means any assets or property acquired by the couple in marriage belong equally to both spouses and must be divided equally in divorce. However, it could be argued that the acts of domestic violence had an adverse economic impact on the abused spouse, perhaps in the form of costly medical bills or a loss of earning potential, in which case the spouse who suffered the abuse could be awarded a greater portion of the marital assets in divorce.

Divorce can occur because of domestic violence, and at the same time, divorce can be a triggering event for domestic violence. Sometimes the process of filing for divorce heightens the danger of violence. Far too often, the process of filing for divorce will cause the abuser to “ramp up” his or her violent actions.
If you are in an abusive marriage, there are a number of issues you have to consider once you decide to file for divorce, especially if there are children involved. There are laws in place in California and across the United States that provide legal protections for abused spouses and their children in the event of a divorce. In fact, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have legal statutes in place that require courts to consider domestic abuse perpetrated by one parent against the other when resolving child custody or visitation disputes between parents. In some cases, victims of domestic violence in Los Angeles can get a court order that gives them temporary custody of their children and prohibits their spouse from coming near them for a period of time determined by the court. In the state of California, this so-called restraining order can include many different provisions, including a no-contact provision, a move-out provision, a counseling provision or a firearms provision. If you have a restraining order against your spouse, and he or she violates the order, you can notify the police and have him or her arrested. However, even a parent who the court finds abused the other parent may still be awarded some form of child custody if the abusive parent has:

• Complied with any terms of parole or probation;
• Completed a treatment program;
• Complied with the terms of any restraining order;
• Completed a drug or alcohol program, if applicable; and
• It is found to be in the best interests of the children for the parent to share custody.

How an Experienced Family Law Attorney Can Help

There are new protections being introduced into California family law that are meant to help victims of domestic violence, but it can still be dangerous for victims to present claims of domestic violence in family court. Whether you are filing for divorce or seeking a restraining order against an abusive spouse, it pays dividends to have an attorney on your side who will represent your best interests in court and advise you of all your options under California law. For instance, our attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles might counsel you to keep careful records of each instance of domestic violence to present in court, as this type of documentation can strengthen your case and dramatically improve your chances of receiving a favorable outcome, especially if you are seeking protection from the court.

Suffering domestic violence at the hands of your spouse can be humiliating and terrifying, and dealing with the legal and social implications of filing for divorce on top of the physical and emotional effects of your abuse will be no easy task, that’s for certain. However, the most important step a victim of domestic abuse in California can do is find the courage to take action against his or her abuser, and that includes hiring an attorney and filing for divorce.

Free Domestic Violence Consultation in Los Angeles

Being a victim of domestic violence may make you feel afraid, alone and powerless, but you have the right to protection in California. If your spouse is violent and you fear for your safety, don’t hesitate to get help. Call the police, if necessary, or contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. The danger of serious violence is often at its highest when an abuse victim attempts to end or leave the relationship. Once you and your children are safe from harm, contact our domestic violence attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles to discuss your best course of action for filing for divorce. You don’t need an attorney to file for divorce, but it’s always a good idea to have qualified legal representation when seeking divorce amid allegations of domestic violence, especially if child custody, child support or spousal support are at issue.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (213) 550-4600

Web: https://divorcelawyerslosangeles.com

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Have You Planned for Your Divorce?

You’ve heard of wedding planning but what about divorce planning? Just like any wedding, divorces can have multiple things that need to be taken care of before being finalized. Have You Planned for Your Divorce? Like a wedding, a divorce is not so straightforward. It’s not just a “sign the papers and you’re done” The post Have You Planned for Your Divorce? appeared first on...

You’ve heard of wedding planning but what about divorce planning? Just like any wedding, divorces can have multiple things that need to be taken care of before being finalized.

Have You Planned for Your Divorce?

Like a wedding, a divorce is not so straightforward. It’s not just a “sign the papers and you’re done” kind of thing. This is especially true if your marriage involves children, a mortgaged family home, and any joint property such as businesses or investments. Just like wedding planning is overwhelming, so is any divorce.

Family Law

Divorce has many aspects, all of which need to be ironed out. This type of litigation falls under the title of family law. Family law covers the following aspects of divorce:

Divorce

Divorce is the termination of a marriage or marital union and is also known as a termination of marriage.

California is a no-fault divorce state, which means that either party in a marriage has the right to file for divorce for no other reason than “irreconcilable differences,” and property settlements in CA divorce cases are not influenced by the behavior of either spouse, although child custody and visitation rights can be. Under California Family Code § 2320, in order for a judge to grant a divorce in California, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for six months, and in most cases, the individual seeking divorce must file in his or her county of residence, where he or she must have lived for at least three months. Once the divorce papers have been filed, California law dictates that the filing party must wait at least six months from the date the other spouse received the paperwork before the divorce can be finalized.

Child Custody

Child custody is the legal and practical relationship between a parent and a child in the parent’s care, involving the duty to care for and support the child.

One of the most important considerations during divorce should be establishing parental custody and visitation rights. There are two main types of child custody under California law: legal and physical custody.

Legal custody (California Family Code § 3003) can be joint, in which both parents share the right and responsibility to make important decisions about their children’s health, welfare and education, or sole, in which one parent is granted the exclusive responsibility for making these decisions, though the other parent may still have visiting rights. It is the presumption of the court in most divorce proceedings that it is in the best interest of the child to have continuing contact with both parents. However, if the parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan, it is up to the court to decide how they will share time with their children. Parents with legal custody are responsible for making the major decisions or choices about their children’s schooling or child care, residence, religious activities, mental health needs, medical needs, travel and extracurricular activities.

Physical custody (California Family Code § 3004) can also be joint, which means the children live with both parents, or sole, which means the children live with one parent for most of the time and may schedule regular visits with the other parent. California law favors joint legal and physical custody when both parents can agree to it. If they don’t agree, the court will establish a parenting plan that is in the children’s best interests.

Determining child custody is a sensitive, stressful matter that can easily become a point of contention among couples who are unable to agree on a shared plan for co-parenting their children. Our family law attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles have experience guiding divorce clients through productive child custody negotiations and can help you and the other parent create a workable, amicable custody agreement that meets the needs of the two of you and your children as well.

Alimony / Spousal Support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is an individual’s legal obligation to provide financial support to a former spouse after divorce.  In most cases of divorce in Los Angeles, one spouse earns more than the other, and during the marriage, the couple shared household income, which means the spouse who earns less suffers a far greater loss when the marriage ends.

Spousal support, more commonly known as alimony, payments are ongoing, periodic payments made from one spouse to another under a legal separation or divorce order issued by the court. Spousal support is intended to help an economically disadvantaged (or lower-earning) spouse continue to enjoy a similar standard of living after he or she is divorced. In most cases in Los Angeles, the spouse who earns a higher income is ordered by the court to pay alimony to the other spouse, though whether you are entitled to alimony in California divorce proceedings depends on a number of factors, including: your earning capacity, the length of your marriage and any documented history of domestic violence between you and your spouse. There are two types of spousal support in California:

  • Temporary spousal support – Set at your initial hearing and paid until a complete agreement is reached, or until a Final Order of Divorce is entered
  • Permanent spousal support– Paid for an indefinite period of time in an amount that can be modified later, if and when the financial circumstances of either spouse change

To file for spousal support in Los Angeles, the party requesting the payment must ask the judge to make a spousal support order, and this order must be issued as part of either a divorce or legal separation, or as part of a domestic violence restraining order. You can either ask that the alimony be paid while the case is going on (temporary spousal support) or once the divorce or legal separation becomes final, as part of the court judgment (permanent spousal support). Under California law, spousal support payments are automatically terminated upon the death or remarriage of the supported party. In some cases, the spousal support agreements can be changed, if the spouse making the payments suffers a significant financial hardship, or if the spouse receiving the payments suddenly requires less support.

Child Support

Child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial support of a child following the end of a marriage. The regulation of child support is an important issue among divorced or divorcing parents in Los Angeles, and the amount of child support owed by one parent to the other depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How much money the parents earn or can earn;
  • How many children the parents have together;
  • How much time each parent spends with the children;
  • Health insurance expenses;
  • The actual tax filing status of each parent;
  • The support of children from other relationships;
  • Mandatory retirement contributions;
  • Mandatory union dues; and
  • The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured healthcare costs.

Child custody, support and visitation arrangements are often the most hotly contested issues in divorce litigation and settlements in Los Angeles. With the cost of living in Los Angeles being so high, establishing the appropriate payment of child support from one parent to the other is one of the most important steps divorced or divorcing parents will have to take.

Property Division

The division of community property, or property acquired by the couple during their marriage, such as high assets, professional licenses, business ownership and other complex financial matters can be one of the most contentious issues to iron out during a divorce. In the state of California, complex property division involves the distribution of high-value marital assets, including retirement accounts, ownership rights to a business, professional practices and investment portfolios, among others, which can be a hotly contested issue for some couples.

California is a community property state, which means all property and assets (and debts) acquired by the couple during marriage is legally considered community property owned by both spouses equally and should therefore be divided equally in divorce. Some of the high-value assets at risk in high net worth divorces include:

  • Pensions
  • Stock options
  • Corporate business assets
  • Business valuations
  • Inheritances
  • Professional practices
  • Investment portfolios
  • Residential and commercial real estate
  • 401(k)s, IRAs and other retirement accounts

Los Angeles divorces involving complex property division due to significant assets, professional licenses, business ownership and other complicated financial matters are often highly contentious and high profile, but they don’t have to end in a bitter legal battle.

An Experienced Family Law Attorney Can Help

Family law cases are inherently stressful and emotional, and it is normal to feel scared and uncertain about the outcome of your case, especially if it goes to trial. With a skilled family law attorney on your side, you can ease some of your stress, resolve your legal issues in a timely manner and move on with your life. Our attorneys at Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles are knowledgeable in all areas of family law and will represent your rights and interests with competence and compassion no matter what type of case it is. We often encourage our clients to attempt to resolve family law issues outside of court, as negotiation and settlement are almost always preferable to going to trial. However, our legal team wants what’s best for you and will be by your side every step of the way. If you do end up in court, you can feel confident that our family law attorneys will represent your case to the full extent of the law.

Free Family Law Consultation in Los Angeles

Legal matters that fall under the umbrella of family law tend to be contentious and therefore require a great deal of experience, compassion, communication and attention to detail. Far too often, family law cases that could have been settled amicably end up bitter court battles because the parties involved attempted to handle the matter on their own without reputable legal help, or they hired an attorney with no experience in family law. At Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles, we understand how difficult and frustrating the legal process can be, especially when dealing with sensitive family law issues, and our attorneys are committed to helping you achieve a favorable outcome, whether it is through private negotiation, third-party mediation or at trial. For more information about family law cases, the divorce process and spousal or child support in California, or to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable family law attorney, contact Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles today at (213) 550-4600.

Divorce Lawyers Los Angeles

5455 Wilshire Blvd
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (213) 550-4600

Web: https://divorcelawyerslosangeles.com

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