The practice of family law focuses on divorce
and domestic relations such as child visitation,
child custody, spousal support, grandparents’
rights, prenuptial/postnuptial agreements,
and related matters. Although each family is unique, their family law issues are most often emotionally charged, more intensely so if children are involved. When facing a family law matter, understanding your obligations and rights is important. The choices made in these situations will likely affect your entire family now and far into the future.
Having the representation and advice of a family law lawyer can be vital for the protection of one’s rights in divorce cases and related matters. Family Law Attorney Doug Whittemore provides sensible legal counsel as he advocates vigorously to defend client interests. He works with each client closely to find an appropriate solution for their concerns. At times, issues can be resolved through mediation or a settlement. In other situations, litigation may be needed to gain a favorable outcome.
Complexity in family law cases can occur due to the fact that one event, such as a divorce, can lead to many related legal issues. When a knowledgeable family law lawyer is advising you, it is more likely that your rights will be protected now and down the road. Knowing this can help remove some of the stress of the divorce or other family law issue.
Are you considering a divorce in California? If so, or if filing for divorce was already done by your spouse, you may be glad to know there are likely several ways to handle the situation. Contested divorces may have to proceed through the family court system. An uncontested divorce can be resolved by means of negotiation and settlement or divorce mediation. A more complex divorce could result when one spouse attempts to hide assets. In such a situation, our family law lawyer would investigate to discover marital property. Clients are guided through the divorce process from start to finish. This includes issues related to child support, spousal support, child custody, and child visitation as well as division of assets/debts.
In the state of California, it is presumed that all property acquired while married belongs to both spouses. When divorce is sought, the law requires that marital assets and debts be divided equally between both parties. Therefore, all assets must be identified and accurately valued. In cases of high-
When the divorce or separation is final, the supreme goal of most clients is maintaining a healthy relationship with their children. California law requires that the parents’ agreement reflects what is in the best interests of the children. A child custody attorney will guide you in the process so that your rights are preserved in a manner that also serves your children and family appropriately. The family law court may create a timesharing arrangement so the child has time with each parent. A new child custody matter could arise if one parent decides to move far away from the other parent or if there is another change of circumstances.
The domestic violence laws in California were implemented with the intent of protecting partners as well as children and any other vulnerable parties closely related to the offender. While relationship conflicts are common, the law can offer protection for individuals if a situation escalates to abuse of a physical or mental nature. Legal representation is critical in these cases as such matters often become part of a contentious legal dispute between two divorcing parties.
Are you currently involved in a family law matter? Regardless of whether negotiation, mediation, or litigation is needed to resolve the issue, Attorney Hugh Douglas Whittemore at (714) 870-
246 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 870-
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