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It’s important to consider when looking for a divorce attorney that California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that if one party desires to be divorced and alleges “irreconcilable differences” which have led to “an irremediable breakdown of the marital relationship”, the Court will grant the divorce, even if the other party does not consent or want the divorce.  Because it is no-fault divorce, the Court is not concerned with why the parties are divorcing and will not assess blame against either party as a reason or ground for the divorce.

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The reasons why parties are divorcing are also not relevant to the division of their marital community property and debts.  In general, California law requires the overall equal division between the husband and the wife of their community property and debts, without regard to who did what to whom which resulted in the breakup.  Long gone in California are the days when parties spent days in Court proving the adultery or mental cruelty of the other party, so that they could be awarded more than half of the marital property.  No-fault divorce has greatly reduced the rancor of divorce cases.

Along with the issue of marital status, the Court in a dissolution of marriage action can decide issues of child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, division of community property and community property obligations, restraining orders, paternity actions and allocation of attorney fees.

I have represented parties in divorce actions for more than 25 years.   I represent both men and women, and truly enjoy helping my clients.   My clients are all reasonable people, because I will not represent someone who is not reasonable, and because my clients like the way in which I try to settle my cases by agreement if at all possible, and only resort to a Court fight if there is no other alternative.

Going through a divorce can be an emotionally and financially draining enormous life change, but it almost always is the beginning of a new and happier life for those parties needing to end their marriages.  Keeping that in mind, I see my job as to help my clients bring order to the legal chaos in their lives, so that they can begin their new lives as emotionally and financially intact as possible.  As in all my cases, I try to resolve divorce cases by agreement, if at all possible.   If the other party will not agree to a reasonable settlement, I will vigorously and aggressively litigate the case in Court, so that a just outcome can be reached.

If you’d like to talk, please call our Alameda or San Rafael office, whichever is more convenient, for a free telephone consultation.