The Most Common Divorce Questions At Our Firm
As you face your divorce, you will have many questions about the process, what it means for you and what you need to do to protect yourself.
At the law offices of Kathleen J. Smith, we have more than 20 years of experience in helping people resolve divorce issues effectively. Call 707-387-0668 to discuss your specific situation in a confidential consultation. From offices in Santa Rosa and Sonoma, we serve clients throughout the surrounding area.
To get started, here is some useful information on some of the most frequently asked divorce questions that we receive at our firm.
What will happen to my children?
If your divorce has a child custody dispute, you need to know that the courts in California will make a decision that is based on the best interests of the children. This means that they will be looking at very specific factors to see how they apply in your case. This does not necessarily mean that one parent will get custody nor that the court will hand down a ruling that matches up with your specific requests.
We can help you focus on the information that you need to present to the court in your custody dispute. We will work together with you to find a custody arrangement that allows you and your co-parent to provide a stable future for the child.
Will I get to keep my property?
California law states that all property acquired during a marriage are subject to a 50-50 split. This includes such items as your retirement account, as long as contributions were made to the fund while you were married.
Dividing this property can be a very challenging ordeal, and you need to make sure that you have a clear idea of what will be subject to this process. Do not agree to anything until you have talked to your attorney.
Do I really need a divorce attorney?
You might have friends or family who have been through a divorce, and they might be telling you that you do not need a lawyer to help you. Before you take their advice and make decisions about your future, you have to understand that every divorce is different. Your divorce has issues that are specific to you, and only you.
Because the process is so complex, you need to talk to an attorney about your options. If things become contested, you will have someone who is ready to protect your rights and tell your side of the story. Without having a strong advocate working for you, you could find yourself frustrated by the actions of your ex-spouse and might be tempted to make a poor decision. Everything that you do at this time will have serious real-life consequences. Do not make uninformed choices.
Your Trusted Attorneys Guiding You Through Your Difficult Times
We know that you want to know more about what will happen with your divorce, and we welcome the chance to speak to you about your case. Call 707-387-0668 or send us an email to schedule your consultation with Kathleen J. Smith, Attorney at Law. We have offices located in Santa Rosa and Sonoma.