When To Consult a Family Law Attorney in Orange County
Legal matters concerning children and family can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. To help your case proceed as smoothly and calmly as possible, it is better to find a good California family law attorney before your litigation commences. Our Orange County lawyers will educate you on family law in California, will guide you through the pitfalls of litigation, and will help you achieve the results you desire.
The most common issues handled by Orange County family law attorneys are divorces, child and spousal support, child custody and visitation. Our lawyers may also help in legal separation and judgments of nullity; prenuptial agreements; disposition of property; and post-judgment modifications. An attorney experienced in California family law will help to deal with issues between families and individuals: parents, children, husbands, wives, grandparents, and domestic partners. Due to the sensitive nature of family law issues, legal services by a qualified professional may save you a lot of time, money, and good relationships in the long run.
The need for a family lawyer begins before the marriage – attorney’s help is used in paternity matters or in preparation and negotiation of a prenuptial agreement. If you are considering marriage or a committed relationship, it is prudent to consult a family law attorney to obtain a better understanding of the financial benefits and burdens of marriage as well as other common issues that typically manifest themselves upon a break-up of the marriage (custody; visitation; community property disposition; separate property protection; spousal, child and/or family financial support; length of time of support; etc.)
Paternity actions (having a child without being married) are of similar importance in regards to child custody, visitation, and child support.
Issues of domestic violence, civil harassment, and different types of restraining orders (temporary and permanent) are, unfortunately, often a part of relationships. Consulting an experienced California attorney in these areas will allow you to be better informed as to what the court considers as violence, the enjoining of violent activity and the ramifications of the domestic violence restraining order.
The need for family lawyers continues throughout the marriage – in working on a marital agreement, handling juvenile dependency issues, dealing with legal separation issues – and often does not end even after the divorce – post-judgment problems with child custody and visitation issues, as well as support, are way too common. In 2010-2011, there were over 37,000 dissolution, nullity, and legal separation petitions filed in Los Angeles County alone. Due to such large volume of work and a high number of cases, family law attorneys in Los Angeles or Orange counties will always be in demand.
The expense of marriage dissolution and child custody matters is certainly an issue to be considered. Based upon the individual issues, an experienced family law attorney from our Orange County law firm will advise you as to costs, anticipated attorney fees, as well as the need for experts and their fees. Considering the costs of litigation and the time involved in contested matters, our lawyers believe that an amicable resolution to all issues is a preferred approach. However, be assured that if litigation is necessary to address family law issues, our attorneys are experienced in all areas of family law litigation.
Choosing family law cases, our attorneys do not differentiate between men and women. California Family Code does not make any difference between mother’s rights or father’s rights. We are confident in representing the legal rights of male and female litigants within our court system.
Our attorneys litigate family law cases in most of the counties in Southern California: Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, and Riverside County. If the dissolution is uncontested, we take cases throughout the State of California.
Do not become overwhelmed and frustrated with the California legal process and with the important issues in your domestic case. Consult an experienced family law attorney in our Orange County offices; our lawyers will educate you on all aspects of California family law and will help in all steps of family law litigation.
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