Rancho Cucamonga Divorce Lawyer

Rancho Cucamonga Divorce LawyerIf you are like most people going through a divorce, you have many questions. That’s completely normal. Typically, people in situations similar to yours choose to work with a Rancho Cucamonga divorce lawyer who understands California law and how it applies in your case.

Working With a Rancho Cucamonga Family Lawyer

California is a no-fault divorce state. Divorce cases here are filed on the grounds of incompatibility; that means neither spouse must have “grounds” for divorce.

Often, the issues that arise during divorce proceedings can become quite complex. For this reason, many people choose to work with an attorney who focuses on family law.

What Can a Divorce Lawyer Do for You?

In addition to providing you with case-specific legal advice during your divorce, your attorney can handle a number of issues, such as:

Establishment of Paternity

When two parents are married and their child is born, paternity is automatically established – the law assumes that the mothers spouse is the child’s father.

However, when the parents aren’t married when a child is born, the father may or may not declare his paternity. In order for child custody and child support to be determined in a California court, paternity must be established.

A family lawyer can assist you with this process whether it is by voluntary declaration or through other methods, such as court-ordered DNA testing.

Child Custody

Your attorney will likely suggest that you and your ex-spouse reach a child custody agreement on your own, without the court’s intervention. In most cases, families are able to come up with the best solutions by working together.

However, that isn’t always possible. Your attorney will be able to help guide you when it comes to child custody and your rights as a parent.

Unfortunately, sometimes child custody leads to litigation. If you and your spouse choose to fight over the issue in court, your lawyer will represent you and ensure that your child’s best interests are being served.

In contested custody cases, the court may order a 730 Evaluation. This requires you, your ex-spouse and your children to be interviewed by a court-appointed evaluator; after the interviews, the evaluator will provide his or her recommendations to the court regarding what’s best for your kids.

Ultimately, the court will rule on child custody and parenting time. While your judge will do his or her best to make a decision that works for your whole family, it is ideal if you and your ex-spouse can agree without involving the court.

Child Support and Spousal Support (Alimony)

Rancho Cucamonga California Divorce LawyerEvery parent in the state of California has the responsibility of providing for his or her child. Although California courts have a specific formula by which they determine the amount of child support that changes hands, it may be helpful for you to consult with your lawyer about child support – particularly if you have extenuating circumstances.

Under California law, some people are entitled to receive spousal support or alimony. Inevitably, that means that the other party in a divorce case must pay. Your attorney can help you fight for justice when it comes to spousal support, whether you should be receiving it or whether you must pay it.

Business Valuation

If you have a family business and you’re getting a divorce, that business needs to be valued so that it can be distributed properly during the property division phase of your divorce.

Most people find that it’s best to work with a business valuation lawyer who understands the process and who knows the right professionals to ensure an accurate valuation.

Property Division

Aside from child custody, property division is one of the most hotly contested areas of divorce. What happens when “what’s mine is yours” goes out the window?

Your attorney can help ensure that your assets and debts are divided appropriately during divorce. That way, you walk away from the marriage with what is rightfully yours.

Do You Need a Rancho Cucamonga Divorce Lawyer’s Help?

Divorce can lead to many complex issues, and it can be tough to navigate the court system on your own.

Call us at 909-466-7661 or get in touch with us online. We can get your case-specific legal advice and help ensure that you are represented fairly in court during your divorce.