Nobody plans on getting a divorce; but when a marriage falls apart and leaves a trail of emotional, social, and financial wreckage in its wake, it is important to have strong legal representation that can protect your rights, look out for the best interests of children involved, and ensure the legal enforcement of pre- or post- nuptial agreements.
There are numerous problem issues that can (and often do) arise in the midst of divorce or in its aftermath. We give attention to each of these below in a brief introduction to our practice areas. But here, let us just say that we at San Diego Divorce Attorney are intimately familiar with all of these issues and with the most effective legal means of resolving them as quickly as possible.
One of the most common areas of dispute in a divorce process is over how the property is to be divided. California law considers that all "community property" (jointly held, also called "marital property") shall be divided equally between the two parties. But there can be disputes over what is community and what is "separate property" over one of the marriage partners. And there can also be attempts to hide property or income or to misrepresent the true value of an item. Thus, an experienced divorce lawyer can do much to ensure equity and legal adherence in regard to financial matters.
There may also be disputes over child custody, visitation rights, alimony, and other child-related matters during and following a divorce. And in reality, this is a far more important area of dispute than mere money. Sometimes, an abusive parent may need to have his/her visitation or custody rights limited or eliminated; but other times, the rights of a parent to visit and continue a relationship with his/her son or daughter is wrongly targeted by an irate spouse in the midst of a divorce. Or, after the divorce, it may be that one parent who wishes to marry again tries to force the father/mother of the child to surrender his/her legitimate visitation rights. We at San Diego Divorce Attorney understand how divorce affects children and parents, and we know how to fight effectively for right and law to be upheld in each instance:
There can also sometimes be a legal struggle over the legality of the divorce itself. If the divorce is uncontested, that simplifies matters some, but a contested divorce where the grounds of and legitimacy of the divorce are under dispute, will sometimes occur. We understand the details of California law when it comes to contesting a divorce or to opposing such a contestation.
We can help you understand the legal factors involved and fight to ensure your rights are not violated nor the dictates of the law evaded by your contested divorce opponent.
Finally, there can be residency issues in the way of filing a divorce in certain cases. In California, you must have lived in the state for the previous 6 months and the county you file in for the previous 3 months in order to file divorce. When couples separate just before a divorce, however, there are ways to file in your new county of residence or at least to file for a legal separation there. Or, you can return to the county your previously lived in to file. We can inform you of how these details play out in San Diego County or other Southern California counties.
The bottom line is that the divorce and family law experts at San Diego Divorce Attorney will be able to assist you every step of the way through the whole complicated web of divorce proceedings. You may not want to be in a divorce, but without proper legal representation, your rights and those of your children could be in jeopardy. We can look out for the best interests of you and your children through the whole process.
While we cannot possibly list the full diversity of practice areas we cover here in brief space, these 12 are the main ones. You can find out more about each practice area by looking at some of our practice-area-specific web pages on this site. But here is a brief overview of each major area of legal concern we routinely handle in divorce and family law cases:
Mr. Smith represented my ex but he was very honest with both of us. I honestly think he did a great job and represented my case the best way while helping and being considerate to both me and my ex. He seems as the kind of man who really works for the best outcome for everybody involved in ongoing situation. I would definitely recommend him as an attorney and even as a mediator. Very satisfied.
These guys are no nonsense attorneys! He does what he says, and there's no bull. He has never billed me extensively for hours not worked (as other attorneys have done). After hiring and firing several other attorneys over the past many years, FINALLY I found this team and have had such an easier ride through a very tumultuous and just plain terrible divorce. I could go on and on about them. I am so grateful to have found them.
When the day came that I needed a divorce attorney, Attorney Stephen Smith and his team helped me through this very tough time in my life. They are here to help and made everything much easier. Great team, very genuine and I would highly recommend!
If you are looking for a divorce attorney, give Mr. Smith a call. Very professional and trustworthy and are there to help you through every step of the divorce process. Really helped me through a sticky divorce and fought for me until the end. 100% recommend giving them a call.
I would highly SD Divorce Attorney. They will handle your matters and will take great attention to every detail at hand. They will fight for you, your family, and support you till the end. Attorney Stephen Smith is reliable and relentless when it comes experiencing high-conflict resolution cases.
This is by far the best law firm in San Diego!!! The staff is super responsive and they did an amazing job on my case. Stephen Smith is a wonderful and extremely knowledgeable lawyer. You will not find a more qualified lawyer in San Diego.
I came to SD Divorce Attorney last year, was represented by Steve Smith.
Its now a year later, he did everything he promised and my judgment was completed, and all paper work was to my satisfaction!! One small thing he will not win any nice work personality awards, but as long as my case was completed RIGHT!! I don't care about personalities.
When I first spoke to Stephen Smith, I was surprised by how patient he was with a wreck like me. I was fighting an uphill battle, facing false allegations, threats to be kicked out of my own home, etc., but Mr. Smith told me exactly what I needed to hear: "We have options." He talked me through those options, making sure I understood the situation. Suddenly, I didn't feel so helpless, and was able to walk out of his office with a smile on my face. Come hearing time, I had clear, honest expectations of what COULD happen, which meant more to me than potentially empty promises. Nevertheless, we won :)
This law firm helped in every step of the way. Had a nasty divorce went thru two other lawyers. Until I met Mr. Smith and his staff helped me every way possible. They answered all my questions and did a great job in court. Plus all that, the fees were very fair. Wouldn't use anyone else!
At San Diego Divorce Attorney, we have the deep legal knowledge and experience of California's complex divorce laws that it takes to secure the best possible outcome to your divorce case. We understand the numerous statutes that impinge upon divorce and related issues in California, even to the point of the legal minutia.
And we will fight tenaciously to ensure your rights and those of any children of yours that may be involved are fully respected throughout the legal process.
For more information on California's divorce related legislation or for a free, no-obligation legal consultation, do not hesitate to contact us today by calling 858-529-5150.