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Divorce can be an emotional, intense, traumatic, and costly experience. At Scott & Matteson Family Law, our San Diego divorce lawyers guide you through the process as smoothly as possible, while ensuring that your rights are protected. Call us for a free consultation at 1-858-974-4900. You can also reach us online.
Our San Diego divorce attorneys have extensive experience in negotiating difficult divorce disputes effectively. We are often able to find creative solutions to contentious issues, and we have access to highly respected experts on matters pertaining to divorce and family law. We are compassionate advocates, dedicated to achieving the most favorable outcome and protecting your rights throughout the entire process.
In a divorce involving children, the four most common issues that must be addressed are:
Every San Diego divorce lawyer at Scott & Matteson will have the experience to guide you through the process with the best possible result.
The process of divorce begins with a spouse filing a Petition with the court. You will need to fill out the information on dates, children, property, and debts. Next, you’ll also have to fill out a Summons form that’ll notify the responding party that a divorce has been filed.
California Family Code Section 7501 states that the parent entitled to custody determines the residence of the child. Recent higher court decisions have recognized the mobility of our culture and agreed to moves by the custodial parent. A parent wishing to block such a move or a non-custodial parent wishing to move with the children has the burden of a change of custody order.
Practice shows that the spouse demonstrating the most need tied to a sincere and thoughtful plan for the advancement of a career will get the highest support from the court.
Practice also shows that the spouse demonstrating the greatest ability to earn coupled with sincerity in the other spouse will pay the least amount overall.
The Reynolds case holds that retirement is available to all of us at a reasonable age and the support obligation would terminate or reduce as a result of retirement.
Buying out the spouse on the house may be a good idea for both. No money is lost to costs of the sale so the seller nets more. No moving trauma or costs benefit the buyer. Consider trading something valuable or a lowered amount of support. You may keep the house without paying for it by agreement or by a deferred sale order under Family Code Sections 3800 – 3802.
Splitting a business without ruining the business or the managing spouse is the goal. Many business owners look at the buyout of the community business as a “double dip” when they are already committed to paying high rates of support. Appraisals need to consider the value of the loss of services of the spouse who has separated from the business.
Family Code Section 771 states as follows:
“(a) The earnings and accumulations of a spouse and the minor children living with, or in the custody of, the spouse, after the date of separation of the spouses, are the separate property of the spouse.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the earnings and accumulations of an unemancipated minor child related to a contract of a type described in Section 6750 shall remain the sole legal property of the minor child.”
So, that property held separately prior to the marriage remains separate property.
There are significant differences between military marriages and civilian marriages. The same can be said about military divorces, particularly if a spouse is away on active military duty at the time of filing. Residency issues can be complicated, depending on how long you or your spouse has been stationed at the current location, and the process may be delayed if a spouse is deployed on active duty for an extended period of time.
Navy retirement and just about any other retirement earned during the marriage is community property and the amount earned only during the marriage is split with the non-member spouse. Consider trading something else for the community share.
In a legal separation, the spouses are still legally married but living separately under a specific legal agreement. It is similar to divorce in the sense that many of the same issues must be negotiated and a court order details the rights and responsibilities of each spouse. Some couples choose legal separation over divorce for a variety of reasons, including:
No one looks forward to the public airing of dirty laundry unless that dirty laundry is about someone else’s family. Publicizing certain personal information could put an executive’s position in jeopardy, damage an individual’s reputation in the community and cause other harm. Potential employers, lenders and potential business partners might look at your Superior Court file before doing business with you.
Our experienced San Diego divorce lawyers understand this very real risk and work tirelessly to maintain a degree of discretion around the divorce case. This effort can be made in several ways depending on the specific facts of the situation, but the bottom line is that we strive to protect the privacy of the entire family during this difficult time.
Without proper representation, divorce cases have the potential to become mired in the court system for many months or even years. This stagnation can lead to financial uncertainty and unnecessary emotional stress for everyone involved.
San Diego divorce attorneys of Scott & Matteson Family Law, Certified Family Law Specialist, understands that the faster these cases are completed, the less the people involved in the case tend to suffer. We will take all available steps to promote an efficient, timely and satisfactory outcome.
At Scott & Matteson in San Diego, we want you to understand all your options before moving forward with any proceedings. If you are considering divorce, call a San Diego divorce lawyer today to schedule a consultation.
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