I serve clients primarily in Southern California, focusing on the following areas:
I’ll help you navigate the dissolution process in order to resolve issues related to the division of property, allocation of debts, child custody, child support and spousal support.
Premarital and Post-Marital Agreements
Premarital and post-marital agreements allow you to protect your assets in the event of a separation or divorce, or simply plan for the future. I can help you draft and/or negotiate these agreements so you can rest easy knowing that your assets are safe.
Division of Property
Since California is a community property state, the court will view assets acquired during marriage as belonging to each party equally, unless proven otherwise. The law doesn’t require that each asset be split, but that the total net value of community property assets be shared equally between the spouses. I can help you reach a property division that is fair and complies with the law.
Child and Spousal Support
When children are involved, one parent is often required to pay child support to the other. The amount of child support depends on the parents’ respective incomes, and how much time the children spend with each parent. Whether you will be paying or receiving support, we’ll work together using all relevant information to arrive at appropriate support amounts.
Child Custody and Visitation
When parents live separately, a child custody and visitation agreement is necessary. Whether the court determines the custody and visitation arrangement or reviews one on which you and the other parent agree, the basis should always be what is in the best interest of the child. I will help you create an arrangement that is best for your children and allows you to maintain a healthy relationship with them.
Parentage (paternity) refers to situations in which a child’s parents wern’t married when the child was born. The same child support and custody and visitation laws apply to these cases as to those in which the parents were married. The courts make no distinction.
Even after an agreement has been reached and the court makes its orders, situations can change. Contact me to discuss whether your Judgment requires modification.