Too many lawyers and too many law firms view divorce as an exclusively adversarial process. Our firm takes a different approach. There are 3 main ways to end a marriage or registered domestic partnership in California: divorce, legal separation, and annulment. It is not necessary for both spouses or domestic partners to agree to end the marriage. Either spouse or partner can decide to end the marriage, and the other spouse/partner, even if he or she does not want to get a divorce, cannot stop the process by refusing to participate in the case. If a spouse or domestic partner does not participate in the divorce case, the other spouse/partner will still be able to get a “default” judgment and the divorce will go through.
California is a “no fault” divorce state, which means that the spouse or domestic partner that is asking for the divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse or domestic partner did something wrong. To get a no fault divorce, 1 spouse or domestic partner has to state that the couple cannot get along. Legally, this is called “irreconcilable differences.”
HELPING CLIENTS MOVE AHEAD WITH THEIR LIVES
We strive to reduce conflict in a divorce as much as possible. Our goal is always to minimize the emotional and financial toll that divorce takes on our clients, their spouses and their children.
We are unusual in our commitment to resolving cases as quickly as possible, allowing our clients to move forward with their lives. Whether we use alternative dispute resolution techniques or proceed to trial, we are dedicated to achieving the best result possible for our clients under the circumstances. Contact us to schedule an initial consult today.
We provide compassionate, personal service along with an objective analysis of the relevant facts and the law for any issue related to divorce, including:
Legal separation and annulment: We can explain the difference between a separation and an annulment and what needs to be done in both situations.
Child custody and placement (visitation): Custody battles can become fierce. Putting a lawyer in your corner can prevent future problems from arising.
Maintenance and spousal support: Whether you need to receive payments or are being asked to support your ex-partner, we can help.
Child support: Our lawyers have an extensive understanding of the child support guidelines in Wisconsin and can help you with any issues.
Life After Divorce: We help you understand how to make the best decisions to address any post-divorce issues that may arise.
Post-judgment disputes and modifications: If a significant change has occurred in your life, you may be entitled to a modification.
Restraining orders: Whether you are facing domestic violence, stalking or harassment, we can help with restraining orders.
Collaborative divorce: Collaborative divorce allows you to save both time and money in the divorce process.
Same-sex divorce: Very few attorneys practice in the complex arena of same-sex divorce. You can rely on our firm for competent and respected representation with your same-sex divorce issues.
WE HANDLE ALL DIVORCES — FROM SIMPLE TO COMPLEX
Our attorneys handle divorces of any size or complexity, including complex divorces that involve large estates, pensions and closely held businesses. We also handle simple, uncontested divorces. Whatever situation you are faced with, we will attempt to finalize your divorce as quickly and effectively as possible.
CONTACT US FOR A FREE OFFICE CONSULTATION ABOUT YOUR DIVORCE ISSUES
Law Office of James M. Williams, is a premier family law firm in the Bay Area. For a free initial consultation, contact us at (925) 272-8171.