California divorce law can seem complex and you may, understandably, have questions about what to expect before filing for divorce. A San Diego family law attorney can discuss your options before you proceed.
San Diego Family Law Attorney Explains Some Initial Considerations before Filing for Divorce
If you are contemplating getting a divorce, talk to one of our attorneys as soon as possible. Your attorney may be able to help you resolve some preliminary issues before going to court. While most divorce cases settle before trial, the major issues in any family law matter generally revolve around three broad areas: child custody; family support; and property division.
A Discussion on the General Law on Child Custody Issues
If you and your spouse have minor children, you will need to establish custody and visitation (parenting time) for the children. Courts will enter an order for custody and parenting time based on the child's best interests rather than the parents' preferences.
San Diego Family Law Lawyer Can Explain How Family Support is Calculated
Both parents have a 5legal obligation to provide financial support for their minor children. California courts are bound by statutory guidelines in determining the amount of support each party pays. The guidelines, on a general basis, take into account the income of the parties and who has primary physical custody of the child/children. Your San Diego family law attorney can explain circumstances where courts will consider spousal support.
A Discussion on Property Division
California is a community property state. Courts look at the property that was acquired during the marriage before determining how to split assets/liabilities when the parties cannot agree independently.
Contact Family Law Attorney Today
Considering filing for divorce can be a stressful, overwhelming time. An experienced family law attorney like James V. Hairgrove can help put your mind at ease and discuss your legal options. Call 619-667-3743 to set up an appointment.