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Frequently Asked Questions

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At The Law Help Center, we are dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality representation and well-informed advice. Here, we answered some of our most commonly asked questions. If you do not see your question listed below or if you have further questions about the answer we provided, please feel free to reach out to us today at (213) 810-5559 or contact us online.

  • Do I Need an Attorney if I am Getting Divorced?

    While it is not legally required that you have an attorney for your divorce, it is highly recommended that you retain one. Especially if your divorce is contested and you have disagreements with your spouse, a skilled divorce attorney in Los Angeles can be invaluable. There are too many important things at stake in a divorce to be left to anyone other than an experienced professional. Your home, vehicles, stock portfolio, property, and other assets are all at risk. Additionally, your children may be at stake, which is why it is imperative you speak with knowledgeable legal counsel before deciding what your next step will be. An effective divorce attorney in Los Angeles can guide you throughout every stage of the legal process while protecting your rights and best interests. Call The Law Help Center today at (213) 810-5559 to find out how we can help you.

  • How Do Courts Determine Who Gets Custody of the Children in a Divorce?

    If the parents are unable to agree to a parenting plan regarding custody of their children, the courts will decide which parent, or parents, gets custody. To make that determination, the court will take into account numerous factors, but it will primarily focus on what is in the children’s best interests. These factors may include each parent’s employment status, housing status, history of any type of abuse, medical condition, and more. A skilled child custody attorney in Los Angeles will be able to make their client as appealing as possible to the court.

  • Should I Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

    Although it is not perceived as particularly romantic, drafting a prenuptial agreement is highly recommended for any couple entering into a marriage. When going into a marriage, nobody is expecting to get divorced. However, a prenuptial agreement will effectively serve as a safety net in case your relationship changes over time, as relationships are prone to do. If properly drafted, these types of agreements can ensure your assets, rights, and future are all fully protected in the event of a divorce. If you go into a marriage without a prenuptial agreement, all assets and debts that are accrued by either party over the course of the marriage may be split between the both of you. This may include businesses, properties, stock portfolios, and more. A Los Angeles prenuptial agreement lawyer at The Law Help Center can help you draft a bulletproof prenuptial agreement quickly and efficiently.

  • How Will Courts Divide Our Property in a Divorce?

    In a divorce, California uses the “community property” system of dividing marital assets. Under California’s community property rules, all property acquired during marriage and before the spouses’ date of separation is considered community property, unless clear evidence shows that a certain asset or item of property qualifies as “separate property.” Property that an individual spouse acquires before marriage or after the parties’ date of separation is their separate property, and is not subject to division upon divorce. Furthermore, property a party acquires during marriage through gift, bequest, or devise, will also be deemed to be their separate property. Importantly, the parties can enter into an agreement regarding how certain property will be treated upon divorce.

  • How Do Courts Determine Spousal Support?

    Under California law, spouses have a legal duty to provide necessary financial support to each other. A court will award spousal support—also known as alimony—if it determines that the spouse requesting support has demonstrated a need for financial support and the spouse from whom support was requested is able to pay for their former spouse’s needs. The extent of a party’s spousal support obligation depends on the length of the parties’ marriage and the standard of living they achieved at the date of their separation. Marriages that lasted longer than 10 years may qualify for permanent spousal support, depending on various factors that the court must evaluate regarding the respective financial conditions of the parties.

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