Attorney Renee Ross is a certified specialist in family law. This prestigious designation is only awarded to a select few attorneys who display superior understanding and performance in their area of law. They must show a high level of experience and achievement in their area of law, be in favorable standing with peers and judges, complete at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in their area of expertise as well as other stringent requirements.
When it comes to divorce matters, each decision you make will be an immensely personal and emotional one. Each choice you make will dictate the course of the future for years to come.
As your Pleasanton divorce lawyers, Ross Family Law will guide you through the process and ensure you make the best decisions for your future. With over two decades of combined experience, we understand all of the complexities of the law, empathize with our clients' situations, and possess astute problem-solving skills.
Additionally, we strive to bring clarity to the confusion that same-sex couples often face when separating or divorcing. We can guide you through the gray areas of dissolving a domestic partnership, establishing parental rights or dealing with complex custody matters. Our firm services clients throughout the Bay Area, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and San Francisco Counties.
California is a pure no-fault divorce state, which means that the court does not even consider the “faults” of a spouse when deciding on divorce. Rather, a spouse must simply state that the couple has “irreconcilable differences” that can’t be resolved. This will result in a no-fault divorce in California.
The other cause for divorce in California is “incurable insanity”, which means that one spouse has been deemed incurably insane. However, this comes with a burden of proof and can be more complicated than a no-fault divorce. Therefore, a no-fault divorce is much more common since it is simpler and easier to prove.
Here are a few things you should consider before divorce:
Preparing Your Finances
When considering divorce, it’s important to first understand your finances.
Not all relationships have financial transparency, and too many people come to me wanting to know their options without knowing their current financial picture. In order to know what your life might look like after a divorce, including how you will support your household without your spouse or partner, you need to know what the community has now.
Look through your records and make a list of every asset and debt you know of that is part of your estate. Once you understand your financial situation as best you can consult with an attorney. Be completely honest, and ask every question you have. Some find it helpful to prepare a list of questions before the consultation to ensure they cover every concern.
Choosing an Attorney
If you do decide to proceed with the divorce, choose an attorney who is a good fit for your goals. For example, if you want to proceed as amicably as possible, tell your attorney that and make sure they’re on board. Communicate your needs and expectations as a client and ask how the attorney will meet those needs. A good attorney-client relationship is one of mutual trust and respect. Choose someone with whom you can cultivate that relationship, and you eliminate one potential stressor while going through your divorce.
Dealing with Emotional Hardship
No matter how amicable your divorce may be, chances are it will still be emotionally challenging. Don’t be afraid to add a therapist to your support network of family and friends. Your attorney should be able to recommend a therapist who can help you work through the emotional hurdles you experience along the way.
Call (925) 308-9920 to schedule an evaluation to discuss your divorce case.