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No one plans on being divorced. However, when a marital union falls apart, leaving a series of financial, social, and emotional problems, divorce may be inevitable. Dissolving a marriage can be a challenging decision, particularly when a child or children are involved. It's also a stressful, complicated process that requires the intervention of a divorce attorney. You want to have solid legal representation and advice that will protect your constitutional rights, serve the involved children's best interests, and ensure post- or pre-nuptial agreements are legally enforced.
San Diego Divorce Attorney is a law firm specializing in California family law. We help clients going through a divorce or facing any other family law-related cases in San Diego and surrounding areas. We hope to make it easier for both you and your family. We represent parties in both uncontested and contested divorce.
Our attorneys will listen to you, answer all your questions, and address your concerns. We'll assess your case then advise you on all your legal options. We aim at helping you make decisions that defend your constitutional rights and which are in your best interest and the best interest of your children and the entire family. We know there's more happening in your entire life than divorce. Dissolving a marriage isn't a matter we treat lightly. We strive to know you as an individual first, so we customize solutions for your case. Change is unavoidable, but the anxiety and stress you feel regarding these changes don't need to be. We have lawyers who work hard each day to help clients who are going through challenging legal divorce issues to cope with the accompanying financial problems, fear, uncertainty, and stress.
Several issues may (and frequently do) arise during or after a divorce, some of which we'll discuss in the practice areas section. Our lawyers are intimately conversant with all these matters and the effective legal ways to resolve them quickly.
With divorce comes disputes over alimony, child custody, child support, visitation rights, and other matters to do with children. In the real sense, these are far more critical areas of disputes compared to mere funds. At times, the right thing to do in the case of an abusive or negligent parent may be to have their custody or visitation rights eliminated or limited. However, during the divorce process, an ill-meaning spouse may wrongly target parental rights to visit their child/children and continue strengthening their relationship with them.
Alternatively, once the divorce is finalized, it could be that your ex-spouse who wants to remarry tries forcing you to surrender your visitation rights. Our lawyers know how divorce can affect you and your children and will fight aggressively for your constitutional right to be protected in every instance.
There may also be times when there's a dispute over whether filing for divorce is, in itself, legal. If it's an uncontested divorce, it simplifies some matters, but contested divorce proceedings where the legitimacy and basis of the process are disputed can sometimes occur. Our lawyers understand California statutes as far as challenging divorce or opposing a divorce contestation is concerned. They'll help you know what legal factors are involved and strive to ensure that your legal rights aren't violated, or the law disregarded by your opponent.
Lastly, there may be residency problems when it comes to filing for a divorce. Per California law, you need to have resided in California for the last six months. At the same time, you must have lived in the county where you'll file for divorce for the past three months to file for divorce. However, when you separate with your spouse just before filing for divorce, there's a way you can file for the divorce or legal separation in the county you currently live. Alternatively, you can go back to where you used to live to file. Our attorneys will tell you how all these details apply in your county.
The point is, family law and divorce experts at our firm will help you through every and the entire complicated divorce process. You may need to dissolve your marriage, but your and your children’s constitutional rights may be jeopardized if you don’t have expert legal representation. We'll serve you with your and your children's best interests at heart throughout the entire process.
Other reasons that set us apart include:
We can't list all the areas of practice we handle here. Visit our website to learn much about these areas. In the meantime, here's a summary of the primary practice areas we handle in family law and divorce cases.
Often, you have to file for a divorce in your county of residence, but you have to abide by the state residency rules and regulations. Rules dictate that you need to have resided in California State for the previous six months and the county in which you're to file the petition for the past three months. If you and your partner are separated and currently reside in separate counties, you can file the divorce in either two counties. And if you do not meet the rules of residency for divorce, you could still file for legal separation. California is a community property state. By this, it means that divorce settlements aim at dividing marital property 50-50. Per the state's community property statutes, the debts or assets that spouses acquire when still married belong 50-50 to both of them. Therefore, they have to divide them 50-50 in divorce. We have three critical steps of property division:
Mostly, couples have disagreements on how matters such as property or child custody ought to be divided. Being divorced isn't always an easy solution. The outcome of this process can impact you for several years. Even though you can modify your divorce agreement in the future, this doesn't apply to all matters within family law-related cases, and it's not always easy. Skilled lawyers at San Diego Divorce Attorney can accord you personal attention, expert legal advice and assist you in finding a solution to several family law-related areas.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your divorce or any other family law-related situation, talk to us for answers. We will help you address all the divorce aspects, whether they're complex or straightforward. We will also navigate the state's many divorce statutes and rules for you while we leave you to focus on regaining your life.
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!
Divorces are usually complex and costly for a family. It’s therefore critical for a skilled divorce attorney to evaluate your case and advise you on the best legal option for every intricate divorce-related issue. At San Diego Divorce Attorney, we have expert lawyers who have handled divorce cases and other family law matters for several years. Therefore, you can rely on us to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case. To speak to one of our skilled divorce attorneys concerning your case, contact us now at 858-529-5150. We serve clients filing for divorce in San Diego, CA, and the surrounding areas or those with any other family law-related issues.