Representation

Three-Step Process

A divorce case going through the Los Angeles court system can generally be viewed as a three-step process, but depending on your specific issues, it may involve a few additional steps. At your consultation, and throughout representation, you will fully be aware of how to work towards completing the steps, accomplishing your goals, and finalizing your divorce.

Briefly, the first step involves filing for divorce by preparing the petition and other court required documents, and serving the other spouse. Once the other spouse is served, the second step involves preparing and exchanging financial disclosures of your joint assets and debts, separate property and your income and expenses. This is a mandatory step, and cannot be waived. Disclosure of finances allows both sides an opportunity to reach a fair settlement, and ensures that a settlement is not later overturned due to lack of disclosure. During this time, the other spouse who was served with the divorce petition may or may not have filed a response. We will fully explain your options in the event of a ‘defaulting’ spouse who does not file a response. If both spouses are in agreement regarding the settlement terms, the third step involves preparing a settlement agreement and submitting it to court where a judge approves the agreement and a judgment of dissolution is prepared. If the spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they can choose to resolve their disagreement by mediation and settlement negotiations or proceeding to court to have a judge decide.

Family Law

The practice of family law covers a broad range of areas, including the following:

  • Divorce, Summary Dissolution, Legal Separation, and Annulment
  • Division of Retirement Benefits & Pensions
  • Paternity, Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Post-Judgment Modifications
  • Enforcement of Judgment Terms
  • Restraining Orders
  • Pre-marital Post-marital Agreements
  • Pet Visitation Issues in Divorce
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Termination of Domestic Partnerships
  • Name Changes

Representation

Our office can assist you whether you have marital property to divide, including valuing businesses, retirement accounts and pensions, hiring appraisers to value real property, and preparing QDRO’s. We will advise you on whether you will be paying or receiving spousal support, determining child support, and developing child custody agreements workable for both parents.