Orange County Divorce Attorney
We know why and how the bills add up, and we know to avoid them.
Although you may not be able to avoid the emotional drain, the divorce process doesn’t have to drain you financially as well. I’ve personally been through the divorce process, so I understand it far beyond just the legal aspect – I understand it on both an emotional and financial level. Put simply, the goal at our firm is to save you more than you would have lost without us. We understand what you’re going through and we promise to treat you fairly and with compassion.
Not long ago, a sobering article in The Orange County Register found that the average litigated divorce in Orange County costs well over $40,000, and that the average cost of a meditated divorce is still around $20,000. We say that these are ridiculous sums for the average person to pay. But we know why the bills add up, and we know to avoid these high costs.
What does a “Divorce” include?
When a person makes the final difficult decision to file for divorce, they are often unclear what that actually means. People wonder, what is included in a divorce, what issues am I going to deal with? What a “divorce” includes may be unclear. The following introduction is intended to provide a better understanding. Obviously, the term divorce includes ending the marriage, returning to parties in a divorce to the status of an “unmarried” person. It may be unclear, however, that when Family Law Attorneys speak of divorce, they are also talking about all the other “parts” and sub-parts of a divorce. When Family Law attorneys speak of divorce, they are including all the issues and sub-issues a person may have to deal with, including:
- Real estate division and distribution;
- Division of personal property such as furniture, dogs, cars, etc.;
- Division of any community property retirement accounts;
- Division of community property investments;
- Spousal support issues;
- All issues regarding incomes of the parties;
- Required Declarations of Disclosures; and
- Any issues of Domestic Violence.
And, if the parties have a child or children; issues in the divorce will also include:
- Legal Custody issues;
- Physical Custody of the children;
- Visitation schedules for both parents and possibly grandparents;
- Determining a Holiday and Vacation schedule or the children; and
- Child support issues.
This website has a wealth of information in all aspects of Divorce and Family Law for your convenience. Please feel free to take some time to look around. If you don’t find the information you are seeking, please write us a note on our contact page, and we will show you that information, or we would be happy to answer many of your questions.
What are my options?
The length of time and costs involved to complete your divorce depend on you and your spouse. It’s important to understand your options, which typically include either a mediated divorce, a litigated divorce, or a legal separation:
1) Litigated Divorce
Unfortunately, when you and your spouse just cannot see eye-to-eye on crucial issues, such as child support, child custody, and visitation rights, your best remaining option may be a litigated divorce. Litigation requires going to court, and requires an experienced attorney by your side to assert your rights and to aggressively protect your well-being. We will provide you with the highest quality legal defense available in Orange County, and we have the experience to prove it. Come in for a free consultation and we can find the appropriate path for your litigation.
2) Legal Separation
Legal separation is frequently a pragmatic alternative to divorce. In some married couples’ lives, divorce is simply not an option, with common reasons that include: medical insurance, custody and visitation, financial concerns, and religion.
The California legal separation process is exactly the same as going through a divorce. You will need to establish child custody and child support, spousal support, division of property, and all of the same issues as divorce; however, you will end up with a Judgment for Legal Separation instead of a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.
3) Mediated Divorce
Sometimes you just need to get everybody at the same table and a compassionate third party to mediate. Although not every divorce can be mediated, we’ll help you find the right path. We’re proud to say that our average mediated divorce costs far less than these averages. We do this by guiding you away from the pitfalls that cause the high price of divorce. The sole purpose behind the concept of a mediated divorce is to remove the stress, cost and the lengthy divorce process. I have found that spouses are much more likely to work with one another and reach an amicable settlement if they are simply given a non-threatening opportunity to talk it out. It saves you time. It saves you stress. And yes, it saves you money.
I would like more information.
As a client, we want you to be informed–the fewer surprises, the better. We’ve learned from experience that the an informed client handles the divorce process with less stress and happier results.
There are a wide range of important questions that we will help you answer throughout the process, such as:
- Do you know what papers you need?
- Do you know how to fill out the paperwork?
- Do you know how or where to file the papers?
- Do you know the difference between a “Dissolution” and “Legal Separation”?
- Do you need to file a lis pendens?
- Do you know what a lis pendens is?
- Why don’t I automatically get the kids?
- Why don’t I automatically get spousal support?
- Who gets the house?
- Is your house considered community property or separate property, and why is important to understand the difference?
- Does it matter when the house was purchased?
- Does it matter whose name is on the deed to the house?
- Does it matter whose name is on the credit cards?
- When and why might our assets and debts be divided unequally?
Also, it really does help to understand some of the terms involved in your process, and what they mean. We’ve also provided a list of common divorce-related terms and their helpful definitions.
If you have any questions, please contact us for a free consultation.