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I have frequently been retained by parties to help them navigate their own divorce, in Mediation. This is really the best approach for everyone involved. I listen to the clients tell me the facts of the case, then I explain the law on each issue. Then I help the parties work toward an amicable resolution without ever stepping foot in the court room. Mediation can work for divorce and for custody situations which require Court orders. Don't trust your Mediation case to a non-attorney. You get what you pay for!
If Mediation is not a viable option, Clients have often retained me to represent them in their litigated matter. If feasible, I first attempt to settle the case, instead of taking it to trial, to save the client time and money. Of course, we can take your case to the Judge, litigate so that you have "your day in court."
At the beginning of a Paternity or Divorce Action, parties may need temporary orders for Child Custody, to include a parenting plan, and orders for legal and physical custody. If Children are involved, both custody and Child Support Orders will be needed. Spousal Support is another issue to be determined, depending upon the relative incomes of the parties. Some cases require temporary orders for Property, such as exclusive use and possession of the family residence. Every case is unique, and needs attention to detail.
Due to Covid-19, all Orange County Superior Court family law matters are being held remotely. You can be in my office, or appear from home, for your court hearing. Presently, remote hearings are scheduled well into October and November 2020.
Family Law issues can be very complicated. I have knowledge of property law, can analyze complex information regarding taxes, business operations, issues pertaining to psychology, custody, finances as it pertains to child and spousal support, inheritance and retirement issues, to name a few. As a CFLS, I am required to maintain twice the Continuing Legal Education credits every year to maintain my standing as a Certified Family Law Specialist.
The average time it takes to get a divorce in Orange County is 12-18 months. However, it can be legally granted, just 6 months from the date the other party is served. A "quick divorce" is rare, but it can happen, if both parties are willing to get their paperwork done and to collectively work out an amicable resolution. If parties cannot mediate or settle, the case can drag on for months.