Family law is probably the one area of law in which most Americans first encounter a lawyer. In fact, for most people, a divorce or child custody dispute may be the one and only time they are ever involved in the legal system. So, it can be scary, frustrating, and emotionally exhausting to go through it alone and without all the information you need.
For California couples, the family court system has become increasingly complex in recent years, but the good news is that most problems can indeed be resolved. With the help of a skilled family law attorney, you might be surprised how straightforward it can be to get the relief you need.
California courts are divided up into divisions. Depending on the size of your county, your local courthouse will have different types of cases and different judges handling them. Family court cases include anything that has to do with domestic relations. These can include:
First, someone must file a petition seeking divorce. This person is the petitioner. The other party is the respondent. Once the petition is filed, the parties must decide whether they can reach an agreement on all the various terms of the divorce or whether they will require the court’s assistance through litigation. In many cases, parties can work closely with their attorneys to negotiate a workable solution without the need for lengthy litigation or a trial.
Once a settlement agreement has been drafted and agreed upon by the parties, it will be presented to a judge for approval.
Among the many fears and concerns that people have going into a divorce, perhaps the biggest is the children. Divorces involving minor children, custody, visitation, and support are often difficult. Even in the most liberal and flexible joint-parenting arrangement, the reality is that the schedule will change. It can be tough to deal with a completely new schedule. It may mean seeing children less than before or giving up some of the control that a person had before the divorce.
Another big concern is property division. For those with significant assets, it can be hard to make good choices about how to divide property. Fortunately, the attorneys of Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP are here to help. With years of experience, our attorneys are skilled advocates and devoted counselors who can help couples mediate and resolve their differences in the most efficient and amicable way possible. Give us a call today to see if we can help.
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The entire team at MMM are superstars! I appreciate all the time and prep that went into my original case many years ago. And now recently, I asked for some help on a follow-up custody matter that I felt I could handle myself but just needed their expertise to properly represent all the important details. They are knowledgeable, extremely thorough, and prepared me for every possible scenario. I can't thank them enough!
My partner and I sought legal advice on bringing my fiance' to the United States with this office after having called a few immigration attorney offices around Monterey County. Having never sought legal advice before it was a refreshing experience in which we both really felt that Patricia listened intently to our goals and needs, and then not only gave us thorough advice, but also she really showed a lot of empathy with our situation and all the challenges we faced in what we trying to do. I would definitely recommend this office for anyone who is unclear about what..
Working with Patricia was a professional encounter unlike any other, an absolute 5-star experience. From the first moment, we walked into our consultation until the moment our case was closed and my husband walked away with his permanent resident card Patricia was communicative, professional, and thorough. Her team contacted us every step of the way providing valuable process and law changes we would not have been able to catch if we tried to navigate this endeavor alone. Patricia answered our endless question stream with thoughtfulness and care, calling us countless times to ensure we were clear on every piece of..
Last year, I had just moved in the area and needed a family law attorney for a custody case. The process of finding/choosing an attorney could be daunting. However, when I went in for my first consultation with Levi my stress level was immediately mollified. He was personable, which made me feel comfortable to discuss my personal matters freely. I had a lot of questions of the legal process that would take place and he took the time to explain everything with meticulous detail. More importantly, when I called Levi he returned my phone calls in a timely/professional time frame...
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