Stevenson Ranch Divorce Lawyer

Divorce and Family Law Firm in Stevenson Ranch, CA

At Richard Ross Associates, we offer a high level of legal representation in all family law matters, from divorce to other critical personal legal issues. Our founding attorney, Richard Ross, is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. This credential is achieved through extensive training beyond what the large majority of lawyers have engaged in. To gain certification, the lawyer must have at least five years of experience in family law, must have served in the capacity of principal attorney in more than 30 cases, and fulfilled a minimum of 45 hours of further education in family law.

Beyond these requirements, the lawyer must pass an examination, very similar to a shorter version of the bar exam, and have received recommendations from other lawyers who work in family law. The examination process continues throughout the years, and must be once again taken every five years to maintain certification as a family law specialist. We believe that our qualifications, experience and insight into all matters of divorce and family law can be of great benefit to you if you are facing an urgent legal matter such as divorce.

Litigation, Mediation, Collaborative Law and Negotiations

It is important to explore the options to resolve your divorce with non-adversarial methods when possible. Often, the two parties in the marriage have such difficulty in communicating, or there is such a high level of emotional turmoil, that it is difficult to imagine that there could be a reasonable agreement reached without a trial. In fact, the skills of your attorney have a great deal to do with whether these alternatives to litigation are successful. In many cases, we have brought matters to a close without the need for a trial, even in cases in which it seemed impossible. Allow us to review your situation and advise you about the alternatives, and discuss the issues, including the crucial matters of child custody, child support, property division and spousal support. If it is necessary to litigate, you can be confident that you are represented by a true legal professional with extensive trial experience.

We are well-versed in collaborative law, and this process could allow you to reach a resolution. We have worked within the legal community for decades, are familiar with many lawyers and law firms, and have the ability to negotiate for our client and press forward with our client's interests at the forefront of everything we do. No matter what your situation is, state law will impact the outcome. California is a community property state. It is important that you know what that means to you, specifically, in your divorce. Who will get the family home, the split of bank accounts and retirement accounts, and the outstanding debts will all have to be resolved. It is important that you are treated fairly. We know state law, and we are zealous in protecting our client's interests in divorce. Our experience and knowledge of all family law matters can be of great benefit to you in your divorce.

We have many years of litigation experience, and know how to present a case to the court that has a higher chance of success. When we can avoid trial, we will attempt to do so, as it can be far more expensive, as well as dragging out the process for many months or longer in some cases. We believe you will be well-served to get your divorce finalized as quickly as possible, so you have the opportunity to move ahead with your new life. As the decision of the court or the settlement reached through an alternative method will impact your finances, the sharing of children, and matters such as your possessions, the family home and even pets, every detail must be carefully managed throughout the process. We know how important these matters are to you, and we act accordingly. Our goal is to help you through this period of transition and get you the best agreement possible.

Contact our firm for an initial confidential consultation.