Dedicated Family Law Attorney in Valencia, California
At WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC, our Valencia family law attorney understands how difficult it is to take the first steps toward getting a divorce in California. While most people know someone who has been divorced, the process is unique to each couple who is dissolving their marriage.
That is why our Los Angeles County family lawyer provides free consultations, so our prospective clients do not have to fear the unknown. They can ask questions and learn more about their legal rights and options to make informed decisions about their futures.
WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC Valencia Attorney Practice Areas
At WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC, we understand that working with a family law attorney in Valencia means life has become challenging, and you need answers.
No matter which side of the courtroom you are on, family law involves complexities that affect your personal, public, and professional life until solutions are firmly in place. It is our goal to help get our clients to the finish line in the most effective way possible.
Our skilled family law attorney in Los Angeles has successfully represented clients in the following practice areas for nearly 15 years:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Domestic Violence
If you have questions about how your life will potentially unfold after a California divorce, our Valencia, California family law lawyer, Michael L. Whitmarsh, will provide the legal representation you need to seek specific answers to your most important questions, creating solutions and results that help you move forward.
What Do I Do Once I Am Served with Divorce Papers in California?
Whether you knew this day was coming, or were blindsided by their receipt, California residents have 30 days to file a response to their divorce papers with the family court.
Your response can either be that you agree with the proceedings, or object to the content of the document, that you wish to be notified of any court date, and that you will be participating in the divorce process by appearing in court to help the judge make his or her decisions.
If you do not respond to the divorce paperwork, your divorce will be decided by “default.”
A default divorce is one where the court decides the outcome of the case based solely upon the filer’s versions of the facts.
Can I Prevent My California Spouse From Pursuing a Divorce If I Do Not Want One?
No. California is a no-fault divorce state, which means neither spouse must prove the other did something detrimental to the marriage to proceed.
Anyone can get a divorce in California at any time, for any reason, even if one spouse does not want the proceedings to move forward.
Is It Possible to Speed Up the Divorce Process in California?
There is a mandatory waiting period of six months from the date the divorce paperwork is filed and served.
To “speed things up,” the spoused may work out the details of their marriage’s dissolution, including property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support, during the mandatory waiting period, so they are ready to sign the final agreement after the six months passes.
Can I Pursue a California Divorce During Mediation Instead of Going to Court?
Yes. If you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce in private, you may rely on mediation to help negotiate the details without going to court. Property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support, can all be negotiated during mediation, so you can keep the courts out of the process altogether.
One important thing to note is, if you and your spouse plan to litigate our divorce inside the courtroom — because you cannot agree on ANY of the details — the court will require child custody issues to be discussed during mediation first.
Contact WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have questions about divorce, child custody, or financial matters — including spousal support or child support — contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles County at WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC by calling (310) 552-3505 to schedule a free consultation today.
We can help provide solutions that produce results, so you can move forward with confidence.
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- Beverly Hills
- Santa Monica
- West Los Angeles
- West Hollywood
- Long Beach
- Van Nuys
- Canyon Country
- Culver City
- Woodland Hills