Dissolution of Marriage Process
The dissolution of marriage process usually follows one of three possible courses of action: Traditional Litigation, Collaboration OR Divorce Mediation.
High net worth divorces almost always involve asset and debt identification, characterization of the assets and liabilities and the valuation of businesses owned or operated by either or both spouses.
A Prenuptial Agreement is a contract entered into by a couple in contemplation of marriage. Such agreements generally address property issues in the event of divorce or death, but can include other matters as well.
Division of Marital Property
One of the main issues in a divorce or legal separation is the division of community property. In California, any property acquired by you or your spouse during marriage will be divided equally.
Spousal support is the amount of money the court orders the higher wage earning spouse to pay to the other spouse every month. There are two types of spousal support—temporary and permanent.
Child custody involves the legal rights of each parent to make decisions about a child’s life and the right of each parent to live with or visit the child.
In California each parent is required to support their children financially until the child reaches age 19 or graduates from high school as a full-time student at age 18
A paternity action may be filed to establish whether a person is or is not the natural parent of a child; and if so, to determine how the child will be parented; the parents’ legal and physical custody rights and child support obligations.