Trusted Family Law Attorneys in Woodland Hills, California
At WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC, our Woodland Hills family law attorney provides skilled legal counsel for all California residents who are pursuing divorce, child custody, or financial support decisions both inside and outside the courtroom.
Our Los Angeles County family lawyers understand that each of our clients has unique needs that must be determined by customizing their legal approach to ensure that together we are pursuing the best possible outcomes for their futures.
We can help you get started on all pertinent matters, starting with scheduling a free consultation with our family law attorney in Woodland Hills today. Contact us now to learn more.
WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC Woodland Hills Attorney Practice Areas
At WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC, we understand that working with a family law attorney in Woodland Hills 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 Woodland Hills, 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
How Does the California Family Court Divide Marital Property During a Divorce?
When spouses cannot determine how their marital property will be divided — either in private or during mediation — the California family courts will decide for them.
When they do, the community property — which is the property, assets, and debts both spouses accumulated during the marriage — will be distributed equitably. Separate property — which is property each spouse brought into the marriage — will remain in the owner’s possession.
What is the Difference Between Child Custody and Visitation Rights in California?
When parents can decide on child custody in private, they can choose who the children will live with — which is considered custody — and who will have visitation rights, which means scheduled nights, weekends, vacations, and other important timesharing privileges.
If the parents cannot decide on child custody and visitation details, the court will require both to attend mediation to work through the terms of the agreement. This must occur before the judge will agree to hear the case during litigation.
Am I Guaranteed to Receive Spousal Support After a California Divorce?
Spousal support, also called alimony, is afforded to eligible spouses after a California divorce. However, multiple factors will be considered before spousal support will be awarded by a California family law judge.
They include the length of the marriage and the standard of living during that time, each spouse’s salary and potential earning capacity, the ability of each to become self-supporting, their education, and contributions to the other’s success.
Spousal support can be awarded temporarily or permanently and will depend upon multiple factors and how long it takes the recipient to their financial affairs in order.
Can My Spouse and I Decide on the Divorce Details During the Mandatory Waiting Period in California?
Yes. In fact, it is a good idea to try and work through the details of a California divorce while you wait for the mandatory six-month waiting period to expire. If you can decide on the terms of the divorce privately or during mediation – and do not plan to litigate the details inside the courtroom – for property division, child custody, and all applicable financial matters during the waiting period.
What’s more, you can begin putting these decisions into practice, so once the waiting period is up, all decisions and terms of the divorce can be finalized without delay.
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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