Westlake Village Divorce Lawyer
Filing for divorce? Get an attorney you can trust to protect you.
At Richard Ross Associates, our legal team has gained a reputation for
high quality legal work in family law. Our lead and founding attorney,
Mr. Richard Ross, is a Board Certified Family Law Expert, and has 30 years
of experience in divorce and family law. Only a very small percentage
of attorneys are certified as experts by the California State Board of
Legal Specialization and can claim this credential. It takes time, dedication
and personal effort to become an expert in a specific legal field. This
training and certification can be a significant advantage for those who
are seeking the right attorney to represent them in a divorce, or in another
family law legal matter.
If you are seeking a divorce, you want to have the highest quality legal
representation you can find representing you. The outcome of a divorce
can vary widely, often based upon the in-depth research and attention
to detail your Westlake Village attorney engages in. We are professional,
committed and compassionate, and take our service to our clients very
seriously. You could be greatly impacted by the outcome of your divorce,
and there are many crucial issues on the table. The sharing of parenting time,
property division and
spousal support must all be resolved fairly.
Issues such as who, if anyone, will retain the family home, the splitting
of bank accounts, stock accounts and retirements accounts, the payment
of any bills and other vital matters will all be resolved, either through
a settlement or in court. In cases involving
asset protection / high-asset divorce, these issues are more complex, and require a high level of skill and
insight to resolve. Our firm can be called upon to review your situation
and advise you about the impact of state law upon your situation, and
how your case should be managed and presented to the court, when necessary.
Mediation, Collaborative Divorce & Settlements
There are various methods that could be employed to get these matters resolved,
including engaging in a non-adversarial method, such as mediation or through
collaborative law. Some cases will require litigation for resolution. When the court must
make a decision, you want to ensure that your interests are well-represented
in court, by a legal professional with a high level of skill. Our Westlake
Village divorce attorney will carefully prepare your case with full attention
to the unique details of your marriage, your finances and parenting issues.
The court makes decisions regarding child custody based upon the best interests
of the child. They operate with the concept that children are best served
by having equal access to both parents. This may or may not be best for
your children, based upon your unique situation. We can advise you in
this crucial matter, and what strategy could be employed in any custody
proceedings, both in divorce or post-decree.
A large number of divorces are resolved through negotiation with the opposing
attorney, and will not require a trial. This is often a superior way to
resolve the critical issues, as the final settlement is agreed upon by
both parties rather than imposed by the court. How a settlement is created
can vary widely, and matters such as who will retain the family home,
if anyone, how the children will be shared, as well as issues regarding
pet ownership or sharing and who will pay what bills all will come into
play. As each marriage is as unique as the parties involved, it is important
to work out a reasonable solution for all of these issues. In cases in
which there has been domestic violence or abuse, either physical or emotional,
or there are accusations about domestic violence in a divorce case, this
must be managed carefully, for your own protection.
Our firm has often been called upon to take over a divorce case that has
gone off the rails. As your future financial health and quality of life
can be heavily impacted by a decision in your divorce, your final settlement
is of great concern. The first step is to have a full review of your situation.
The earlier we get involved in your divorce, the more time we have to
help you. An evaluation of your financial situation, living situation,
the income and opportunities of each spouse, and the ownership of various
types of assets must all be reviewed to determine how to best pursue a
settlement that makes sense. Our goal will be to get the best settlement
possible for you, based upon your unique situation.
Contact us for more information about family law in Westlake Village.