Calabasas Divorce and Family Law Firm
Highly Qualified Divorce Lawyer in Calabasas
Our firm has exceptional qualifications to bring to the table to serve you in legal matters involving family law and divorce. Our lead attorney, Richard Ross, is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Family Law. There is only a number of Calabasas divorce attorneys that have taken the steps to gain this certification, as it involves extensive added training, time, energy and the process of maintaining certification. We feel that our qualifications and credentials allow us to better serve our clients in any divorce, whether a simple uncontested divorce or a complex matter of asset protection / high-asset divorce.
Our goal is to achieve the most positive result possible for our clients, whether through the application of collaborative law, by negotiations with the opposing attorney, or at trial. When possible, we will engage in the processes that could help you to avoid taking your divorce to trial. Whether you are currently considering a divorce, or have another family law matter to resolve, we offer our legal services to assist you. We have over 30 years of experience in these matters, and can advise you what to expect and how long the process is predicted to take to come to a final resolution.
Divorce in Calabasas: Contested and Uncontested
There are those couples that are basically amicable, and are able to work out the details of their divorce, including the issues of child custody, child support, property division and spousal support with the assistance of counsel. There are others in which every detail is hotly contested, and will require a skilled litigator to bring to resolution. In either case, we have the knowledge and skills to serve you. Under state law, the property (and bills) accrued during the term of the marriage are considered to be equally shared.
There are other influencing factors that could come into play, such as when one party earns a far higher amount in income than the other, and a certain standard of living has been enjoyed during the term of the marriage. No divorce is completely cut-and-dry. You have certain rights, and should always have your own attorney protecting these rights. The settlement must be measured against state law and reviewed thoroughly. An unfair settlement can make life extremely difficult financially, and the skills of your legal counsel will have much to do with how the matter is resolved. We pay attention to detail, and carefully evaluate all of the factors that could make a difference to our clients.
Our cases are prepared with a painstaking attention to these details, and often with supporting evidence from experts that we call upon for these matters, including forensic accountants, child experts and others. When one or both parties own a great deal of property, such as business interests, stock and bank accounts, retirement accounts, real estate, works of art or other similar assets, the issue of property division becomes more complex. Sorting out these matters and reaching a fair settlement can be a longer process. If there are unreasonable demands, it may be necessary to take the case to trial for litigation.
More Than 30 Years of Experience at Trial
Our 30 years of experience at trial allows us to have great confidence in case preparation and presentation. You will have a legal professional working for you that is very familiar with the court system, case preparation, case presentation and the law, both in state statutes as well as past court decisions that could impact the outcome of your divorce. Call upon our firm for information about how we can help you get your legal matter resolved, whether a divorce or other family law matter.
There is often a better, faster result by engaging in a non-adversarial process such as collaborative divorce. This newer process for resolving difficult matters in a divorce often leads to a more reasonable settlement that is more likely to be adhered to, and not require further legal action such as an appeal or a post-decree modification. Both parties are involved in the process, and the settlement is worked out with the help of the attorneys present, and all parties agree to pursue a settlement outside of court. Even in cases in which there are issues in contention, with skilled assistance, it may be possible to avoid a trial.
If you are considering divorce, contact our Calabasas divorce attorney for more information.