Sacramento Divorce Attorney2018-10-29T11:55:05+00:00

Sacramento Divorce Attorney

Overview of Services

Divorce is one aspect of family law where almost everyone needs a family law attorney. Very few people ever “want” a divorce, although that’s often what is said by one spouse to the other. Circumstances may make a person feel they have little choice but to obtain a divorce if they want to change their life or the lives of their children for the better. Consultation with a Sacramento Divorce Lawyer can help you decide whether or not divorce is the best decision for your family.

Divorce affects over half of American families, and the statistic may be higher if you include the blended families which often exist because of a prior divorce in subsequent relationships or marriages. Divorce is a family law reality that must be faced when a relationship is no longer sustainable due to conflicts of personalities, financial problems, marital fidelity issues, health and/or substance abuse problems, or value differences between parents where children are concerned.

Divorce Services

Divorce Planning

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.

Child Custody

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.

Property Division

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.

Spousal Support

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.

Community Property

You may have certain rights to any property (personal and/or real) that was acquired during a marriage, but the facts of how the property came into the marriage determine the exact extent of your rights. A consultation with an attorney is necessary to discuss these rights. Contested property in a divorce can make the divorce more expensive. This is one of the most important topics in any divorce where the parties own a home, stocks or securities, have retirement accounts, and/or many motor vehicles. Debts are also community property.

Legal Separation

For some couples, filing for legal separation instead of divorce is the preferred option. Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not end the marriage. It does, however, allow a husband and wife to legally separate and settle certain matters, such as child custodychild support, spousal support, child visitation, and division of property issues, as if they were getting a divorce. The Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC., will work with you to make decisions that will allow you to feel satisfied with the terms of your separation agreement.

There are many reasons why spouses want to legally separate but not get divorced—religion being one of them. Maintaining medical insurance eligibility and staying within a specific tax bracket are other reasons. A couple may also want to try a “temporary” separation while they are considering ending their marriage permanently. Rather than a mere verbal agreement between the married couple, a legal separation helps to ensure that your finances and liabilities remain separate in the eyes of the law. A husband and wife that are legally separated cannot marry other people because they are still married to each other. A legal separation can always be converted into a divorce later on. It can also be reversed at any time.

Dissolution of Marriage

Family law challenges like property division and determination of spousal support provide their own special emotional moments for a couple mired in a difficult divorce action. At The Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC, we help you approach the business side of divorce in a businesslike and non-confrontational manner wherever possible. Our marital dissolution lawyers’ goal is to focus on the key issues to be resolved, to keep the personalities out of the process, and to try to assist clients in not allowing the divorce to take on a life of its own.

Modifications

Agreed-upon amounts of spousal support are rarely considered permanent. If anything, portions of divorce decrees can be likened to works-in-progress. Living conditions, career paths, and income levels can shift, any or all of which could require changes in a settlement’s details. Our spousal support attorneys are skilled at assuring appropriate spousal support levels.

What our Clients Say

When I needed a knowledgeable divorce and family lawyer,my friend recommended this office, because they were very helpful with his family law matter. I did not know all the steps for filing for divorce. I just knew my family was important and I wanted my kids to stay in Sacramento. The lawyer listened to my concerns and I was able to get a fair result and keep my family in Sacramento.

– Ray

2016-08-04T07:46:10+00:00

– Ray

When I needed a knowledgeable divorce and family lawyer,my friend recommended this office, because they were very helpful with his family law matter. I did not know all the steps for filing for divorce. I just knew my family was important and I wanted my kids to stay in Sacramento. The lawyer listened to my concerns and I was able to get a fair result and keep my family in Sacramento.
Being an Active Duty Military Member, currently Stationed in NY, I did not have easy access to legal assistance. Many attorneys in the Sacramento area did not want to deal with the cross jurisdiction issues with my case. The Law Offices of Bowman and Associates (Jennifer Hunt in particular) not only assisted me with my case but took off running with it. For starters their staff is very respectful and understanding. I was kept well informed of all possible scenarios. I would definitely utilize their services if ever needed again. I like the professionalism and personal care they utilized throughout my case...

– Michael R.

2016-08-04T07:52:08+00:00

– Michael R.

Being an Active Duty Military Member, currently Stationed in NY, I did not have easy access to legal assistance. Many attorneys in the Sacramento area did not want to deal with the cross jurisdiction issues with my case. The Law Offices of Bowman and Associates (Jennifer Hunt in particular) not only assisted me with my case but took off running with it. For starters their staff is very respectful and understanding. I was kept well informed of all possible scenarios. I would definitely utilize their services if ever needed again. I like the professionalism and personal care they utilized throughout my case...

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