If you are facing a divorce, your knee-jerk reaction may be to ignore the issue and hope it simply goes away. Barring this, however, you may decide that the easiest path forward is simply to wing it and see what happens. This approach, however, is often ill-advised. The fact is that your parental and financial rights are on the line, and without legal guidance, you are likely to be at an immense disadvantage. Seek the professional legal counsel you need by consulting with an experienced California divorce attorney today.
Every divorce – regardless of how simple or how challenging – must resolve the same basic terms, often including:
Until these are negotiated, your divorce case cannot be finalized. While you and your divorcing spouse may be in complete agreement in relation to each of these, there is no guarantee that you will stay in agreement throughout the divorce process. Further, even if you do manage to continue agreeing with one another, the implications of these terms are far-reaching, and having legal counsel on your side is the way to ensure that the terms you are ready to agree to actually honor your legal rights.
If your divorce devolves from a simple divorce to a more challenging divorce or if your divorce is complex, to begin with, proceeding without a dedicated divorce attorney on your side can prove disastrous. When it comes to your financial future and your relationship with your children, the stakes are simply too high to proceed.
Those assets that you and your spouse came to own while you were married generally must be divided between you equally upon divorce. In the process, however, you will need to determine what is marital, what is separate, and each asset’s value, which can quickly lead to complications.
The matter of child custody arrangements, including decision-making authority and parenting time schedule, often becomes clouded by emotion, which can make championing your legal rights more difficult.
While child support is calculated according to a set process, California courts have discretion in the matter, which makes advocating for your financial rights in this arena that much more important.
In order to receive alimony, you will need to demonstrate your financial need to the court, which can be very difficult to achieve without professional legal guidance.
The seasoned divorce attorneys at Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP, proudly serving clients throughout Monterey and Salinas, are committed to harnessing the full force of their legal skill and experience in the protection of your rights and in pursuit of divorce terms that work for you and your children. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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