Certified Family Law Specialist Serving San Marcos, Encinitas and North County San Diego
It is interesting that almost 70% of Californians attempt to file divorce themselves. Most of those cases wind up bogged down in frustration as they attempt to understand all of the forms required and how to complete them correctly. The court refers them to a non-legal clinic (not allowed or capable of providing legal divorce or family law advice) that is designed to help answer questions, but they do so on a limited first come-first served basis. After a few appearances in court, several failed attempts at trying to find help and months of time passing, many people want to find an attorney who will help them complete their divorce expertly, in a timely fashion at a reasonable cost.
If You and Your Spouse Are In Agreement We Can Help Complete Your Divorce
In California, all aspects relating to the divorce itself should be worked out before the judge can issue a decree to terminate your marriage. This agreement must incorporate several critical legal elements to ensure that all issues are addressed, including:
- Property, Asset and Liability Distribution
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Spousal Support / Alimony
- Retirement and Pension Accounts
- Investment Property and Accounts
- Business or Professional Practice Ownership
- High Income Wage Earners
- Self Employment
If you and your spouse are in 100% agreement on all issues you simply need an attorney to draft the documents and ensure that they meet all of California’s standards, and that they will legally implement and enforce the agreements you have worked so hard to reach. This is not easy to accomplish. A lot of “do-it-yourself” divorce agreements are found to be legally insufficient under California law. A favorite example is agreeing to terminate child support. You can’t do this. And subsequently, what may have been a material issue that is related to other concessions within the agreement is invalid. This opens you up in the future to additional financial liability and exposure.
What if My Spouse and I Are Not In Complete Agreement On All Issues in Our Divorce?
Most clients who approach the Law Offices of Andrew P. Johnson are concerned with three issues: Completing their divorce, time (how long is this going to take?) and money (how much is this going to cost and how can we keep that cost down?). The time and cost of a divorce are directly a result of the amount of disagreement between the parties, and the course they mutually choose to address and resolve those disagreements.
The frameworks for resolving issues are negotiation, mediation, and ultimately litigation. It is interesting to note that the parties lose control on the ultimate outcome of these issues (and the impact they will have on their future) as they move across the scale from negotiation to litigation. Emotion plays a strong role in this process, and it is important for the parties to learn to set this aside as they approach each issue. The ability of the spouses to do so directly affects the timeframe, experience and cost of their divorce.
Andrew Johnson is an experienced California Family Law Certified Specialist. He and his staff will work to help you and your spouse to resolve all possible issues, and recommend specific strategies to work through complex issues. Andrew’s calm, methodical and personable style will provide competent counsel as you approach the issues in your divorce, and provide steady guidance to help bring things to a productive and successful completion.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney Serving Escondido to Oceanside, Encinitas to Rancho Santa Fe
For an initial consultation with North County divorce lawyer Andrew P. Johnson, call today: 760-659-3683. Your e-mail message will be responded to promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request.