Divorce Law in Visalia, CA
EXPERIENCED DIVORCE LAWYERS
When your marriage is no longer mendable despite your best efforts, you have to make a difficult choice. You are probably considering divorce as the best option. A divorce can be achieved in different ways. If there are important issues that you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse have not yet agreed upon, filing for a contested divorce in California may be the best option. This type of divorce can be very lengthy, stressful, and expensive, but may be necessary to ensure your rights are protected and for you to get what you truly deserve.
Attorneys Scott Lyons and Louis Lyons have experienced California divorce lawyers who will work hard to get results favorable to you. Both Scott Lyons and Louis Lyons have been providing aggressive and zealous legal representation to clients dealing with divorce, helping them protect and fight for their rights to just asset distribution, child custody and support, and other important issues. Call (559) 636-8122 to set up a free consultation today.
WHAT IS A CONTESTED DIVORCE?
A contested divorce is when you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are unable to come to an agreement about the essential terms of your divorce (usually involving the division of assets, child custody, or spousal support). This type of divorce requires a trial and the judge will base their decision on case facts, surrounding material evidence, and the testimony of witnesses. The judge presiding over the case will make decisions that are just and suitable for divorcing couples and any children involved. It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced divorce attorney to make sure your rights are protected.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FILING FOR A CONTESTED DIVORCE IN CALIFORNIA?
A contested divorce is a good option if both parties cannot settle anything on their own. The California Superior Court system’s mediation services will help to clarify what issues are in dispute between the parties. This type of divorce is advisable if the couple has substantial assets, owns real estate and joint bank accounts. The divorce process will also help identify hidden assets. The distribution of assets will eventually be decided by the judge and they are often fairly divided.
Additionally, contested divorces often center on those who have minor children to fight over regarding custody and visitation, or when one has legitimate concerns about why they should have sole custody of the children.
THE DIVORCE PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA
If you and your spouse cannot resolve your disputes amicably, you can file a petition for divorce in your local court. Your spouse must then be served with divorce documents by a third party and needs to respond in a certain period of time. If your spouse disagrees with any of your requests, both of you will be required to appear in court to defend your own interests. Depending on the circumstances and complexity of any surrounding issues, your case may require multiple hearings that can span several months, or sometimes, even years.
WHEN YOU ARE PREPARING FOR A DIVORCE, CONSIDER THESE IMPORTANT TIPS:
- Know your exact debts.
- List all your assets.
- Avoid casual and harmful legal advice from non-attorney family members and friends.
- Meet with a good support group, therapist, priest or pastor to deal with the emotional stress of divorce.
- If you are unable to get in touch with your attorney or their staff, retain a more reliable law office.
- Get organized so you can respond to your lawyer’s questions quickly.
- Keep a journal (if custody will be contested) of all dates and notable events as they happen with your young children.
- Know your income. You can obtain copies of your tax transcripts here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf.
- Understand what “no-fault divorce” means in California.
- Create a list of questions for your first consultation with a local family law attorney.
When you have all these important things in place in advance, it will make your divorce journey a lot easier to bear.
OUTSTANDING LEGAL REPRESENTATION BY EXPERIENCED DIVORCE ATTORNEYS
Divorces are not simple. Attorneys Scott Lyons and Louis Lyons provide knowledgeable legal counsel. They will be on your side, protecting your rights and will determinedly represent your best interests. If you are considering a divorce and would like to know more about your legal options, set up a free consultation today.
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