Family Law

Attorneys at Our FirmLegal Representation for Manhattan Beach Residents Seeking a Divorce

Family law matters include divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, and property division. These are sensitive subjects, and discussing them can cause emotional stress for the entire family. In most cases, it is wise to retain an experienced attorney. Decisions made in the divorce process or any related matter can have long-lasting consequences that affect you far into the future. The involvement of attorneys looking out for your best interests can take some pressure off you, your spouse, and your children, so that each of you can figure out how to rebuild and rearrange your lives. If you are concerned about a divorce in Manhattan Beach or surrounding areas, the attorneys at the Calderone Law Firm can provide aggressive and zealous representation.

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In California, neither spouse must prove that the other spouse was responsible for ruining the marriage. It is a no-fault state in which either spouse can claim there were irreconcilable differences. In order to file, either you or your spouse must have established residence in California at least six months prior to filing and must live in the county of filing for at least three months before.

In some cases, it is possible for the spouses’ attorneys to negotiate and reach a divorce settlement. However, a judge will need to review and approve the settlement. If the parties are unable to reach a settlement, the court will determine issues such as property division, parenting time, and spousal support.

Many spouses are protective about their property when getting a divorce. However, California is a community property state. This means that any property you and your spouse acquired during the marriage, other than inheritances or gifts, is considered community property (property that belongs to both of you) and is divided evenly by the court, so that you each have equal shares. Similarly, debt is divided equally. Each spouse can keep his or her separate property. In some cases, spouses can negotiate through their attorneys and decide for themselves to divide property differently than the court would divide it.

A related issue is spousal support. Among the factors the court will look at when deciding whether to award spousal support is the income of each spouse, their age and health, their standard of living during the marriage, and how long the marriage was. Marriages that are under 10 years are considered short-term, and less support is usually awarded to a spouse in that case. However, in the case of long-term marriages, the court may order one spouse to continue supporting the other until the recipient spouse can support him or herself or gets married to someone else.

Child custody can be a stressful issue for some families. It is emotionally challenging to spend less time with your child. The court usually allows parents to create a parenting schedule, but in contentious divorces where the parties cannot agree, the judge will make the decision. The best interests of the children, including their health, welfare, relationships with both parents, and safety, are of paramount interest to the court. In some cases, child custody concerns come up long after the divorce. You can request a modification if you can show that there are significantly altered circumstances and that the modification is in the child's best interests.

Contact a Manhattan Beach Attorney When Dissolving a Marriage

If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, it can be difficult to discuss and agree on important issues that will change your lives and, in some cases, the lives of your children. The Manhattan Beach lawyers at the Calderone Law Firm are knowledgeable in child custody, child support, spousal support, and other family law matters. We represent people in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, and Torrance. Call us at (310) 706-4101 or complete our online form to set up an appointment.