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Any divorce with children presents some complicated issues. What makes it even more challenging is that a court will not issue its decision based on what is best for you. Instead, a judge will consider only the best interests of the children, as required by California law. Here are some of the child custody issues that you may need to negotiate with your children’s other parent:
When it comes to the division of assets, California is a community property state. This means that anything acquired during the marriage is presumed to be a part of the community estate and is owned equally by the spouses. You would think that this is a “clean” rule that leads to an even division, but this raises many legal issues in the divorce that need to be considered. For example, a house cannot simply be divided down the middle, so determining an equal divide can be challenging in some situations.
While we have mentioned settlement or litigation as your choices, there are several steps in between them that you could use to try to resolve your divorce issues out of court. Some difficult divorces can be resolved through a variety of alternative dispute resolution processes. They include:
Since the case must take at least six months, there are a number of issues, such as interim custody arrangements and child support, that may need temporary solutions before the divorce is final.
At the same time, we are top-notch litigators who will fight for you if your divorce does reach that stage. Our attorneys have decades of family law experience in Newport Beach. Call us today at (949) 234-8280 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation for your family law matter.