Irvine Divorce Lawyer
Experienced Divorce Attorney Serving Orange County
No one ever plans for divorce, yet it happens to more than a third of all marriages in the United States. If your marriage is coming to an end, then you don’t have to feel alone or out of options. Come to Gill Law Group, P.C. in Irvine to work with a divorce attorney who can guide you through the entire process. Our legal team is here to support and uplift you when you need assistance and care the most.
Prioritizing Your Best Interests
Divorce is about ending your marriage in a way that makes everyone comfortable. But it is important to not overlook that you have to look out for yourself and your children in divorce, which might mean butting heads with your spouse over a few things. When our divorce lawyers in Irvine are on the case, you can be confident that your best interests will be protected, respected, and upheld in all matters of your divorce, from property division to child custody.
To speak with an experienced Irvine divorce attorney, call (949) 681-9952 or contact us online today. We’re here to help.
Other Divorce Topics:
- Choosing the Right Divorce Attorney
- Other Legal Issues We Can Help With
- Handling Marital Property
- Do You Have to Give Up Your House?
- Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces
- Can You Represent Yourself In a Divorce?
- How Do I Prepare for a Divorce Consultation?
- Divorce FAQ
How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney in California
When it comes to choosing the best divorce lawyer, you should keep the following qualities in mind:
- Experience - You should hire an attorney who has significant experience representing divorce cases and also has a strong track record of successfully resolving their cases
- Professional Connections - When it comes to getting a successful and equitable divorce, you will sometimes need to involve more professionals than just your divorce lawyer; hire a lawyer who can recommend other professionals including forensic accountants, custody experts, business valuators, and more
- Negotiating Skills - Hire an attorney who will stand firm for your best interests, but also one who is skilled at negotiating with the other party and reaching an agreement that is both amicable and fair
- Compatibility - You will be working closely with your divorce attorney and sharing intimate details with them about your life, it's important that you select someone you feel you can trust and who understands your goals and how to attain them
- Loyal - When hiring a divorce lawyer you need to hire someone who has your best interests in mind; this means that you should avoid sharing the same lawyer with your spouse
Legal Issues We Can Help With During Your Divorce
Attorney Raja Gill can not only help you with filing and going through with your divorce, he and his team also provide guidance with any of the following divorce legal issues:
- Negotiating child support payments or child custody arrangements
- Negotiating visitation rights
- Enforcement of court orders
- Property division
- Spousal support
No matter your legal needs, our team is ready to fight for your rights and ensure that your divorce is resolved with your best interests in mind.
What to Do About Your Marital Property
Is California a 50-50 state when it comes to divorce? Yes, in a way, California law does decide that marital or community property is divided equally during a divorce, not equitably. Any property or assets that were gained during a marriage belongs to both spouses, so they are split as equally as possible when the marriage ends.
Community property of concern for your divorce could include:
- Joint savings accounts
- Real estate
- Appliances and electronics
- Family businesses
- And more
You do have the option to decide how to split marital property by working with your spouse, though. The two of you can agree to split it unequally if you believe that would be fair. If you are worried about losing an important asset in a divorce, then you should consider creating a property division agreement with your spouse that does not depend on the court’s intervention.
Do You Have to Leave Your House in a Divorce?
Assuming that your home is community property in your divorce – and it usually is – no one must leave it while the divorce is processing. You and your spouse can agree to keep living together if that makes everything easier for everyone. However, the court might require someone to leave the shared home and seek temporary housing elsewhere if there are concerns about domestic violence. Whoever leaves the home still retains the right to get the home in the divorce, though.
Contested & Uncontested Divorce in California
There are two main types of divorces:
- Uncontested: In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree to all terms of the divorce before the divorce agreement is taken to court to be officiated.
- Contested: In a contested divorce, there is at least one disagreement between the spouses about an aspect of the divorce. Courtroom proceedings can become necessary to solve the disagreement.
Uncontested divorces are ideal because it means your divorce will close sooner, with less stress, and for less money. However, ideals are usually not possible. Contested divorces are common because many divorcing couples will naturally disagree about one thing or another, like how much child support should be paid each month or who gets to keep the family car. Just because your divorce is contested does not mean it needs to be difficult, though. With the help of our experienced Irvine divorce attorneys, you can make sense of your situation and find a good solution.
Can You Represent Yourself In a Divorce?
In the state of California you have the right to represent yourself in a divorce case. However, more often than not this is not in your best interests. Although hiring an attorney may seem like an unnecessary expense in an already expensive endeavor, having a divorce lawyer fight on your behalf may result in the divorce being resolved more favorably for you than if you represent yourself. There are several reasons for this:
- Negotiations between spouses can be messy; if your spouse has hired a lawyer, odds are they will be better represented during the negotiation phase than if you represent yourself
- Legal paperwork can be overwhelming; if you aren't familiar with all of the documents you will need to fill out during the divorce process, it's easy for some things to slip through the cracks
- Your rights are better represented when you have a legal expert on your side; laws surrounding divorce and property rights can be confusing, by hiring a lawyer to fight for your best interests you can ensure that you don't miss out on any of your individual rights in the divorce process
How Do I Prepare for a Divorce Consultation?
Before you meet with your divorce attorney, you should be prepared to share information about your marital finances and your current situation with your marriage. There are several things you should bring with you to your first consultation:
- A list of any and all marital assets and debts
- A list of any questions or concerns you may have about your case
- Recent personal and/or business tax returns
- Your W-2s and recent pay stubs
When you call to set up your first consultation, our team at Gill Law Group will also provide you with a list of any other documents you need to bring with you.
How Our Experienced Irvine Divorce Attorneys Can Help
Are you ready to explore your options in divorce? We are, too. Get our Irvine divorce attorneys on the phone by dialing (949) 681-9952 now, and tell us what is going on. With us by your side, we know you will see that divorce doesn’t have to be stressful, and it certainly doesn’t need to be a “bad thing.”
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How long does a typical divorce take?
Most divorces take more than a year to conclude due to various reasons, including minimum waiting times to make it official after filing and back-and-forth discussions between the spouses and their attorneys. Our firm is known for doing what we can to eliminate any unnecessary delays.
Do you need grounds to file for divorce in California?
You no longer need grounds to file for divorce in California or any other state. The court cannot bar you from filing for divorce, even if you refuse to elaborate as to why you want one. Most people who don’t want to share their reasons for divorce will note that they are divorcing for “irreconcilable differences.”
How much does a divorce lawyer cost in California?
The price of a divorce attorney in Irvine will vary from case to case. Typically, the more complicated a case is, the more it will cost to hire legal counsel because lawyers tend to charge by the hour. We are diligent with our work and are proud of our reputation, so you can trust that we will always try to get you the best possible price for assistance with your divorce case.
Who gets the children in a divorce?
Any matter related to a child’s wellbeing in a divorce case must be based on the child’s unique best interests. For child custody, the parent who can give the child the most comfortable and healthy life is usually the one who gets primary and physical custody rights. If the child is old enough, though, then the court might ask them who they prefer to live with.
Does it matter who initiates a divorce?
While in the strictest sense it doesn't really matter who files for divorce first, there are pros and cons to each side. For example, filing for divorce first may mean that you have more time to build your case and have a little more say in where the divorce proceedings take place. On the other hand, by filing first you may have to pay the initial filing fees. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong answer. If filing for divorce is in your best interests you shouldn't worry too much about who makes the first move.
Book a consultation today to speak with Attorney Raja Gill about your divorce needs.