Family Law & Divorce FAQs
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When you are facing a divorce, regardless of the reason, you likely have many questions and concerns. Our Pleasanton family law attorneys are here to assist you with all of the issues you are facing. We can discuss all of the matters you are dealing with, and you will likely see how having a lawyer on your side can work greatly to your advantage.
Why Hire a Family Law Attorney?
We Strive to Alleviate the Stress of a Divorce
At Ross Family Law, we are highly experienced in the field of family law and have many resources to offer you. When a client hires us for family law and divorce related matters, we dedicate ourselves to building an effective case on their behalf for a positive outcome.
With our expansive knowledge of the related laws and regulations, as well as the way the courts make decisions, we can put together a workable plan. We firmly believe that by having a confident lawyer on your side, you will have a more stress-free divorce experience.
Our firm can assist you with a full range of divorce issues, including:
Providing You with Quality Representation
Our goal at Ross Family Law is to use our 30+ years of collective experience in family law and our extensive knowledge to your advantage if you choose to have our firm represent you. We dedicate ourselves to achieving a positive outcome for our clients, and we truly care about your case. If you are dealing with a divorce or other family law matter, we are to help.
How is a Separation Different from Divorce?
A legal separation is not the same thing as a divorce, but you are likely to still have to go over some of the same issues. For example, in a separation, you may discuss alimony, child custody, and the division of property.
What Will Happen To My Kids in a Divorce?
In most cases, one or both parents will be granted custody of the children in a divorce case. In the situations where one parent does not receive custody, they will typically be given visitation rights.
Who Gets Custody in a Divorce?
If you and your spouse are currently going through a divorce or you are having trouble agreeing on a visitation schedule or child custody agreement, we can help. Our firm is highly experienced at dealing with matters of child custody and visitation and we work towards obtaining a positive result for you. We know that your rights as a parent are at stake and we take our obligations very seriously.
- When the court is deciding child custody, there are a number of factors they may consider, such as:
- The current relationship between the parent and child
- Where each parent lives
- The child’s preferences regarding custody
What Happens to My Money & Assets in a Divorce?
There are many different elements of the divorce process, especially when it comes to agreeing on support payments, debts, and your assets. Depending on the exact circumstances, your financial standing may be affected.
How Will Marital Property Be Divided?
How one's assets will be distributed and whether or not on will have to give up their financial assets and property in a divorce is one of the biggest concerns we hear at Ross Family Law. If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, and you would like to ensure that your interests and assets are protected, you should hire our experienced Pleasanton family law attorneys. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients get through the divorce process as smoothly as possible. We understand that you may be concerned about your ability to keep your personal belongings and assets from being wrongfully taken away.
In a divorce case, property division is looked at in the following two categories:
- Community property: Community property includes personal and real property that was acquired during the marriage and will be split between the two spouses when the marriage ends in divorce. This typically includes income, commercial and residential real estate, and other assets.
- Separate property: Specific property or assets that were given to you (including inheritances) are considered to be separate property. Additionally, property or financial assets that were acquired before the marriage will be regarded as separate property and will not be divided between spouses.
Working Hard to Protect Your Assets
One of the main causes that a divorce case goes to litigation is over property division, which can cause you and your spouse to argue and feel stressed out. Having Pleasanton divorce lawyers on your side can make the process easier to handle for everyone involved. Property division can be addressed in a variety of ways, including going through the divorce process under collaborative law without the need for litigation. Regardless of your unique situation, our team is here to help.
What is Mediation?
Mediation allows you to settle the terms of your marriage dissolution out of court. You can save on court costs, benefit from better communication with your spouse, and attempt to reach an amicable resolution.
What Is the Difference Between Uncontested & Contested Divorce?
Contested divorce occurs when couples come to a standstill and cannot agree to the terms of their divorce settlement. Even when an attorney steps in to facilitate the decision-making, the couple may need to appear before a judge to decide on the arrangements.
An uncontested divorce is often considered the simpler of the two. Couples tend to agree on most matters, though it does not necessarily mean there is a lack of contention. Couples may still argue about certain issues, but have resolved the matter before needing to bring it to court.
Comprehensive Family Law Representation
When you choose the right law firm to assist you with your divorce case, you will likely find that the process is less stressful for everyone involved. If you want to protect your assets and your future, you deserve the skilled legal support we will offer you. With more than a decade of experience in family law, we are here to assist you in any way possible.
Call us now at (925) 308-9920 to schedule a case consultation.
*Attorney Renee Ross and Attorney Bree Antenucci are Certified Family Law Specialists as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.