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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for legal assistance with your divorce, contact an Experienced Sacramento Divorce Attorney at The Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC. for your free initial consultation today.
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 custody, child 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.
If you are thinking about legal separation as an option and would like to schedule your free initial consultation, contact an experienced Sacramento Legal Separation Lawyer at The Law Offices of Bowman and Associates, APC, home of skilled family law attorneys.
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.
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.
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.
If you are in need of a professional and experienced marital dissolution lawyer, contact a Sacramento Family Law Attorney at The Law Offices of Bowman and Associates, APC.