Family Law

Divorce, Child Custody and Support, Adoption, Premarital Agreements

Being involved in a Family Law matter can be one of the most challenging and emotionally trying times of your life.  In dealing with issues of divorce, alimony, child custody, or child support, many people feel frustrated, confused, and lost.

You are not alone in your family law experience — many individuals go through the same range of emotions that you are feeling. When becoming involved in matters of Family Law, it is important to be aware of the different rules, regulations, and court procedures you and your family may face. 

While we understand the stress that accompanies these challenges it is our duty to assist you in handling all aspects of the legal process. While some family law issues can be resolved without counsel, most situations warrant the knowledge and experience of a seasoned legal team to ensure the process is handled properly and with your best interest in mind.

How long does it take to get a divorce in California?

This is not an easy question to answer; however, in general, California will not grant a divorce until at least six months and a day from the day that the respondent was served with summons.  However, there are many procedures that must take place for a California court to grant a divorce.

What are those procedures?

The procedures are that both spouses, in most circumstances, must complete what is called their financial disclosures. The duties of the relationship between spouses are similar to duties between business partners of a company. Both spouses must disclose their income, expenses, assets, and debts to the other spouse.

Am I entitled to child support and spousal support?

This answer depends on many factors, including the income and tax filing status, among many other factors, of both parties.

My spouse cheated on me and left me. I earn far more and I do not want to pay spousal support. Am I exempt for having to pay support since they cheated on me?

No. California is a no-fault state, which means that everybody is entitled to their rights regardless of the failings of either party.