Brea Family Law Office
Gill Law Group, PC
135 South State College Boulevard
Brea, CA 92821
Strong Representation For Divorce Cases In Brea, CA
No matter how amicable or tense your relationship is with your soon-to-be-ex, getting divorced can be financially, emotionally, and mentally taxing. During your divorce, you will be forced to make decisions concerning your financial future, parental rights, and more. Rather than making rushed or emotional decisions, you should retain our divorce attorney in Brea.
How To Identify A Good Divorce Lawyer
Because of the legal implications of a divorce, retaining a reliable attorney is integral to your case success as it relates to protecting your best interests and rights. To identify the attorney that is right for you, you can investigate their:
- Credentials. To obtain favorable results, you want to retain an attorney with a good track record, reputation (amongst their peers), and professional accolades.
- Experience. You should ensure that the divorce lawyer you retain has experience handling cases similar to yours (i.e. high-asset divorces, international custody concerns, etc.).
- Client reviews. To learn how they treat clients, reading client reviews can help you make an informed decision about who you should retain.
- Integrity. To save money and time, you want an honest attorney who will advise you of your legal options and potential outcomes.
- Communication skills. Depending on how you file (contested vs. uncontested), you will be working with your attorney for an extended time. Ensuring your communication styles complement one another is important. Your attorney will also be speaking with the opposing counsel and possibly in court and need to communicate clearly and directly.
Why You Should Retain Our Divorce Lawyers
At Gill Law Group, PC, we have been successfully representing clients in Brea and the Orange County area as they move into the next chapter of their lives. If you are dissolving your marriage, you can trust our award-winning divorce attorney to offer you:
- Individualized legal representation
- One-on-one consultations
- Years of legal experience
- Undivided attention
We are equipped to help clients navigate divorces cases, including but not limited to:
- Uncontested divorces
- Contested divorces
- High-net worth divorces
- Child support and custody
- The division of property
- Divorce alternatives (i.e. legal separation or annulment)
- Unjust divorce judgments
- Post-divorce modifications
Divorce Checklist: How to Prepare for Divorce
As you prepare to file for divorce or your initial consultation, you can take the following actions.
- Collect needed documents. While our attorney can help you collect evidence, you can get a jump start on gathering evidence. You should create a list of your debts and assets (marital and separate) and copy documents including but not limited to: tax returns, bank account information, pay stubs, children’s school records, testimonies, and photographs. The information included in these documents can influence the division of property, child custody determinations, and more.
- Draft a new budget. While you have a partner to help you with expenses now, you should identify what your expenses will be once you separate. This budget can help you identify whether you will need alimony, prepare for divorce-related expenses, and develop a plan for future spending.
- Identify an emotional and physical support network. Just as you should identify a reliable attorney, you should also identify friends, family members, and others (like a therapist) who can support you through this transitional period. Find people who can act as a listening ear, fun distraction, or trusted advisor.
- Avoid social media faux pas. Even if your account is private, you should be mindful of what you share on social media as posts can be used against you in court. What you post can be misconstrued no matter how innocent or pure your intentions were. Avoid bad-mouthing your future ex, sharing case details, or venting.
- Identify what you want. Do you want the house, investment property, and/or family pet? Are you able to make ends meet alone or will you need alimony or child support?
- Honor your emotions. Getting divorced is emotional. You might feel angry, betrayed, grieved, or even happy or overjoyed. Be sure to process and face your emotions.
- Tell your children. Divorce can affect your whole family. Things will change, such as living arrangements, school pick-ups, drop-offs, holidays, etc. While you share what changes they can expect in the coming months, remind them that the separation isn’t their fault and doesn’t affect the love you have for them.
- Set aside “me-time.” You can’t pour from an empty cup, which is why you should take care of yourself and have some self-care time. Take some time to recharge by enjoying your favorite activities, spending some time with friends, and/or dedicating time to mentally separate yourself from the stress of your divorce.
Does It Matter Who Files First?
Filing for divorce first does not influence court determinations or rulings. However, there are certain advantages to filing first, such as:
- Having more preparation time. The petitioner (filing party) typically has more time to find a lawyer and prepare for a divorce emotionally and mentally.
- Deciding which county to file in. The petitioner can decide what county they file in if the parties live in separate counties, which can decrease their travel expenses.
- Going first at trial or court hearings. The petitioner typically presents their case first, which can be both an advantage and disadvantage. The petitioner can share their side of the story first, however, the opposing counsel does have the chance to respond.
Get Help Today!
Attorney Raja Gill has been fighting for the rights of hundreds of divorce and family law clients for years and offers tried and true representation when it comes to fighting for your best interests in a divorce. In need of aggressive but compassionate representation? Don’t hesitate. Call today to discuss your needs with Attorney Gill.