Family Law Attorneys in Los Angeles County
Finding Creative Solutions to Complicated Legal Matters in LA County
Life can take sudden and surprising turns. A divorce, death in the family, or a devastating illness can create all kinds of complicated legal matters. Fortunately, you do not need to navigate through these issues alone. At Zahn Law Office, APC in Encino, our team of family law attorneys has more than 20 years of experience providing effective representation to see you through this difficult time.
Divorcing? Why You Need Quality Representation
Simply put, divorce is difficult. Even though California is a no-fault state, meaning neither spouse must prove the other is responsible for the marriage ending, divorce is still fraught with complications. There are personal assets to divide, child custody matters, visitation rights, and spousal support agreements to be made. Because California has particular laws addressing each of these, you need sound legal advice to ensure your rights are protected.
Zahn Law Offices, APC has helped guide hundreds of unhappy marriages through these issues to reach satisfactory terms. Contact us to get started on your case today.
Understanding the Divorce Process in Los Angeles County
It takes seasoned legal counsel to maneuver through California’s complex divorce process. Not only does the state have specific laws, but there are also additional nuances to consider when divorcing in Los Angeles County. Here are several FAQ about divorcing in California:
What are the residency requirements for divorce?
You or your spouse must be a California resident for at least six months before filing for a divorce. Either spouse must also be a resident in Los Angeles County for at least three months.
What are my options for divorce?
You can end your marriage or domestic partnership in one of three ways: You can file for an annulment, divorce, or summary dissolution. Here’s the difference between the three:
- Annulment: A court could conclude that your marriage was never legal in the first place. One party may have discovered their spouse tricked them into marriage or was already legally married in cases such as this.
- Summary dissolution: If you have been married for less than five years, have no children together, and do not share real estate, you may be eligible for a summary dissolution. This process allows you to end your marriage by filing paperwork instead of appearing before a judge.
- Divorce: This process ends a marriage so that either spouse can legally re-marry. The court can also issue orders to divide assets, establish visitation rights, spousal support, and child custody mandates, among other matters.
How is spousal support determined?
If the marriage’s dissolution could financially harm one of the parties, a judge could order alimony in an amount determined by several factors, including:
- Each spouse’s earning capacity
- Division of assets
- Each spouse’s career contributions to the other
- Each party’s health and age
- The financial impact on the children
How are assets divided?
California considers all assets acquired during a marriage “community property,” meaning it belongs to both spouses and will be split evenly between them.
Cases Our Los Angeles County Family Law Attorneys Are Qualified to Handle
Our attorneys are not only your legal advisors but also your fiercest advocates. We understand that divorce is emotionally draining. That’s why we’ll handle your case with the utmost sensitivity and compassion.
The attorneys at Zahn Law Offices, APC have experience in the following family law cases:
- Legal separation
- Child custody
- Prenuptial agreements
- And more
Contact the Zahn Law Office, APC Today!
We want to help put this family dispute behind you so that you can look toward a brighter future ahead. Contact our Los Angeles County family law attorneys today to put your case in capable hands.