Although many couples separate today long before they file for divorce, they may reside together when the decision is made, and they may need to plan before one spouse has the resources to set up separate housekeeping, which could nearly double living expenses. This need is even more important when children are involved, as the one parent’s new residence could affect the school district the children attend (or force the parents to incur tuition), carpools, daycare, and medical care needs of the children. This type of planning with your family law attorney is a key element of divorce strategy, and possibly a safety issue in certain divorces.
The most important issue in any divorce involving children is the care, custody, and control of those children after the divorce is over, and what type of contact the children will have with the parent with whom the children do not primarily reside. Children are society’s greatest future resource, and this is why the California’s Family Code uses the term “conservator” for the people who have custodial and/or possessory rights to a child. Child custody, if disputed between parents, is possibly the most difficult issues in many divorces. Child support is almost always owed by the person who does not have primary conservator ship to the person that does have primary conservator ship, but there are exceptions.
Even when both parties and their legal representatives are working together, the complexities of fairly dividing assets can seem overwhelming. When tensions are running high, as is an unfortunate consequence of a divorce, our goal is to bring objective skills to the task of appropriately deciding who gets what in accordance with the law, and always with a sensitivity to the impact these decisions have on a client.
Our Sacramento Family Law Attorneys can help you deal with division of business assets, intangible assets, hidden assets, pension assets, and, if worse comes to worst, fraudulent representation or diversion of assets. We have access to physical resources and experts in finance who can identify property and evaluate it before it is divided, whether the item in question is a tiny family heirloom, a rapidly appreciating house, a jointly owned business or other tangible and intangible assets.
The bottom line, in keeping with our policy of intense client commitment, is that we will be alongside you, seeing you through this often-dispiriting life passage, all the way to the end – to the most positive resolution possible. You not only deserve the best legal input and suggested workable solutions that we can offer, but also individual attention and constant communication in a fashion which supports you as opposed to making the process even more disruptive and disconcerting.
While our Sacramento Marital Dissolution Attorneys help you obtain temporary or permanent orders for spousal support or alimony, our investigators can locate hidden income, ever-changing annual income and non-cash or deferred income. We use these findings in our negotiations to help you arrive at an equitable settlement that corresponds with your previous marital lifestyle.