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Divorce: Common Questions

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Divorce law is complex, and without a legal background these emotional proceedings can be very confusing. At Claery & Hammond, LLP we have extensive experience in all types of family court cases and our attorneys are committed to providing our clients with exceptional representation. To better serve the people of Los Angeles with their cases, we have provided answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by our valued clients.

What is collaborative divorce?

Divorce is an emotional process, but some couples decide to work together to come to agreement on the issues involved in ending their marriages. In collaborative divorce the couple openly discusses the terms of their divorce agreement to complete the proceedings as quickly and peacefully as possible. Collaborative divorce allows couples to work out the end of their union without having to involve the court, and is often much easier on their children.

What is divorce mediation?

Much like collaborative divorce, mediation involves a couple working together to negotiate the terms of their divorce settlement outside of the court. Working with a skilled mediator, the couple decides upon the various issues of their divorce, such as custody, visitation, financial matters, and support.

How is property divided in divorce?

One of the matters that must be addressed is the division of assets and liabilities. Regardless of whether your divorce is collaborative or amicable, you and your spouse must determine how to split your property. In the state of California, any assets acquired during the marriage are community property and are subject to equitable distribution. If you cannot come to an agreement, the court will divide these assets equally. It is important to retain a knowledgeable attorney to assist you during the division of assets to ensure you understand your options.

Do I need an attorney to file for divorce?

While you can file for divorce without legal representation, it is in your best interests to secure seasoned counsel to assist you throughout the process. The outcome of your divorce will have serious implications upon you and your loved ones, so it is imperative that your rights and interests are protected at every stage of the proceedings. A skilled lawyer can help you understand your options and provide you with a powerful voice before the court and in negotiations. With so much on the line, ensure you have the experienced legal advocacy you deserve when going through a divorce.

We understand the difficulties families face when ending their marriages, which is why our team is dedicated to providing caring and tireless representation. Every situation is unique, and if you would like to discuss your circumstances with a member of our proven firm, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.


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