Dissolution of marriage representation begins even before preparation of the petition. What follows the petition can be complex and includes disclosures, further discovery, requests for orders, mediation, settlement negotiation and even trial before a final judgment. Even after judgment further work may be necessary to divide assets and address ongoing support and custody issues.
This is an ongoing concern for many client's with children. Our goal is to minimize the time you spend in court addressing custody and visitation issues, and maximize your time with your children. A 50-50 custody arrangement is not always possible or desired. Changes in circumstances can lead to further disputes. Such disputes should not go unrepresented.
Not all single parents are capable of fully supporting their children. California has specific law to dictate the calculations of child support. Careful understanding of these standards is necessary to best ensure the amount is correctly calculated. This can be a costly matter, but involving attorneys does not mean this needs to go to court.
Child protective services may for due cause interfere with parental rights. This area of law present little legal precedent and is that much more precarious. Without careful understanding of the court and little law available our children can be lost to the system. We help parents and other family members keep their kids out of the system.
A topic that used to be “kept in the family” or swept under the rug, domestic violence has been more prevalent in the news and media today than ever before. As a result, a lot of people are wondering how domestic violence is legally defined, where victims can find emotional and legal help, and what can be done to prevent it in the future.
You did it. You got married (or divorced). You have a shiny new marriage license (or divorce decree), but your passport and driver's license are still in your old name. Fear not, for changing your name doesn't have to be a chore. But changing your name does require some legal steps on your part.
These agreements establish property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of divorce. They can protect assets like a family business and serve other important functions. A properly drafted agreement can prevent costly disputes and losses to your assets in the future.
Abortion. Birth control. Sex education in public schools. These are some of the most divisive topics in America. Collectively called “reproductive rights,” an individual’s ability to decide whether to reproduce and make independent, informed decisions regarding reproductive health is seen as fundamental, at least in the eyes of the law.
Alimony or spousal support usually starts with a temporary order. This can be voluntarily followed or more commonly enforced through garnishment of wages and other means. To save costs and time negotiations should be rigorously pursued. As circumstances change adjustments to the order can be made, but due care should be applied from the beginning.
We serve the communities of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and the greater state of California including, but not limited to the cities of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Westlake Village, Santa Maria, Camarillo, Goleta, Thousand Oaks, Santa Ynez, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Newbury Park, Ojai and Carpinteria. We are a general practice focusing on estate planning and probate, family law and business law. These areas of law include, but are not limited to, trusts, wills, divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, business formation, governance and litigation. This website is for informational purposes only. Using this site or communicating with Seige Law through this site does not form an attorney/client relationship. This site is legal advertising.