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Here at The Law Help Center, our Los Angeles family lawyers provide a wide variety of services to help you overcome any family matter you are facing. Serving clients with compassion and respect, we are prepared to put our experience to work for you and obtain a solution that meets your needs. Read on to learn more about the many family law services we offer.

What is Family Law?

Family law encompasses a wide range of legal cases including divorce. Family law isn’t strictly limited to divorce and related topics, though; it also includes child-related disputes such as custody and visitation, along with pre-marital and post-marital agreements.

How Can a Family Law Attorney Help You?

Family law cases are often complex and may involve multiple issues – from child custody to marital property division. Every case is unique, but working with a lawyer who has handled cases like yours can be advantageous and give you peace of mind knowing that an experienced professional is looking out for your rights.

Reasons to choose The Law Help Center

  • We are professional, driven, and offer effective representation.
  • We are real lawyers here to represent your needs and achieve your goals.
  • We strive for the best possible results because we put your needs first.
  • We have a proven track record of successful case outcomes.

Schedule an affordable initial consultation with our team by contacting our Los Angeles family law attorneys online or calling (213) 444-3155.

What Is the California Divorce Process?

You might think divorce is the only way to end a marriage in California. In reality, you can often achieve this goal in a variety of ways.

Some of the most common include:

  • Legal Separation – You and your spouse live separate lives while legally maintaining your married status.
  • Summary Dissolution of Marriage – An ideal option if you and your spouse (or domestic partner) do not have substantial shared property or children.
  • Annulment – An annulment is your best option if you are recently married and want to effectively reverse or cancel the marriage.
  • Divorce – A traditional divorce is also an option for people who wish to end their marriage. Divorce can range from simple, amicable separations to decrees involving court-ordered custody and high-asset property division.

What Are My Divorce Options in California?

There is no “one size fits all” divorce solution. Every family is unique, which means every divorce requires an individualized approach. There are two factors to consider when picking the right divorce option for you. The first is complexity.

Complexity is largely determined by the following:

  • Whether or not you have children with your spouse
  • How long you and your spouse have been married
  • How much property and how many assets you share
If you’ve only been married for a short time, do not own property together and don’t have children, for example, you may be able to get your marriage annulled. If you own a house together and have been married for many years, this simpler solution probably won’t be an option.

The second factor to consider is legal guidance. Talking to a qualified lawyer can help you truly understand your options and make the best decision for you and your family. When you seek guidance from an attorney, you’ll be getting help from someone who not only understands the law but has guided people just like you through the divorce process before.

Legal Separation

Legal separation is one of the three ways parties to a marriage can elect to end their marriage in California. Legal separation may be used in a number of situations. For instance, if the parties have decided to end their marriage or domestic partnership with the possibility of reuniting in the future, a legal separation may be a good option.

Dissolution of Marriage

Summary dissolution of marriage is a fairly simple method of terminating your marriage or domestic partnership if you and your spouse do not have children and do not own substantial property.

Marriage Annulments in Los Angeles

Marriage to someone of unsound mind is one of the most cited grounds for seeking an annulment. There are also many valid grounds for seeking an annulment in California. These also include bigamy, physical or mental incapacity, marrying someone who is underage, marrying a relative, fraudulent marriage, or forcing someone without their consent.

Spousal Support

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is the payment from one spouse to another during or after a divorce. These payments are meant to maintain the former spouse’s standard of living that he or she had during the marriage.

Spousal support laws seek to prevent a former spouse from suffering a decrease in their standard of living after going through a divorce.

Child Custody, Support, and Visitation

Child custody is perhaps the most difficult issue in California family law. When two parents of a minor child have separated, one of the other most difficult parts of the separation is determining how often the minor child will spend time with each parent. While creating a child visitation schedule can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be that way if the parents are civil, cooperative, and focused on ensuring the best interests of the minor child.

Child support is the financial support provided by one parent to the other parent to aid in the cost of raising and supporting the minor child. This money is often used to pay for a portion of the necessary expenses of the child, which include housing, food, school, and other necessaries.

Family Law and Domestic Violence

Often, the term “domestic violence” is associated with physical violence. While this is true, the definition is actually much broader. In California, “domestic violence” can mean any of the following behaviors: Physical harm (or attempted physical harm), assault, threats, stalking, and harassment.

If you are married or have an intimate or familiar relationship with someone who has abused or threatened to abuse you, you can request a restraining order. The most important thing is your safety and the safety of your children. If you are also seeking a divorce, getting a protective order can help keep your abuser away while you work with an attorney to find a long-term solution.

How Paternity Influences Your Family Law Case

For the family court to issue orders on child custody, visitation, or child support, parentage (or “paternity”) must be established. There are several ways unmarried parents can establish paternity – The Law Help Center can help you determine the right avenue for your situation.

Reach out to our family lawyers in Los Angeles today! Contact The Law Help Center at (213) 444-3155.

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