Orange County Divorce Lawyer with a Practical Approach
If divorce is on the table then you need a legal advocate who will guide and protect you. At Pedrick Law Group, APC, we take a sensitive approach to solving family law issues with a practical mindset. You will not go through this alone. We are here to help you reach a beneficial agreement or settlement, so you can move forward with your new life on the right foot.
Divorce involves many moving parts that may appear overwhelming. Our experienced family law attorneys will help you focus on what is important. Gregory J. Pedrick is a board-certified family law specialist who has helped clients in Los Angeles County and Ventura County for over 25 years. Susan L. Goldenberg applies an additional 27 years of experience to help clients protect what matters most.
Divorces are always complicated because while the word divorce has a ring of finality to it, getting to that finality is seldom easy. This is true whether a couple has been married for only a few years, or if they have spent many years together. Every couple going through a divorce is facing a number of issues which must be addressed. The longer a couple is together, the more entangled their legal, financial, and personal affairs. Since California is a community property state, those who are preparing for divorce in Orange County must hire an attorney who is well versed in all aspects of California’s divorce statutes.
Guidance Offered by Orange County Family Law Firms
When you are in the midst of a divorce, emotions are running hot and there are many decisions which must be made. You and your spouse are unique, your marriage is not like any other marriage and that means your divorce will not be the same as the last divorce case which a law firm has handled. This is why you want to hire a family lawyer who has experience handling a range of issues including:
- Child custody and support
- Spousal support
- Dealing with paternity issues
- Providing minor’s counsel
- Dealing with sole and community property
- Contested and uncontested divorces
- Property division
- Division of debt
- Assisting with parenting plans
- Aiding with family-owned businesses during divorce
- Military divorces
- Same sex couple divorces
These are just some issues which a family lawyer can help you navigate. Whether you have made the decision to file for divorce, or your spouse has served you with divorce papers, you need an advocate who will stand by your side and help you navigate the complex issues associated with your divorce.
California Family Law Statutes During Divorce
Filing for a dissolution of marriage in Orange County means you will need to understand the divorce laws in California. Because California is a community property state, most property acquired during the marriage will be split evenly between the two spouses. However, there are instances where this is not as cut and dried as it may sound.
When one partner has inherited property, had property prior to the marriage, or there is a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place, property division can be more complicated. These agreements also may impact how debt is divided during an Orange County divorce. There could be additional issues to handle if a business agreement exists between partners or if you and your spouse both own portions of the business. There is little doubt, dealing with a business as part of an Orange County divorce is stressful and can jeopardize your livelihood. The sooner you are in contact with an attorney, the better off you will be in the long run when there is a business involved.
Children: Custody and Support Matters
Regardless of the number of children you have, and no matter how smooth the divorce process seems to be going, you and your spouse will likely not come to an immediate agreement on what is best for your children. One of the most important things you can do is communicate with your spouse and attempt to reach an agreement. Keep in mind, if you are unable to reach an agreement, the court will determine custody of your children.
Remember, physical custody determines where the child lives. The court could determine the parents are awarded joint custody which means the child would divide their time equally between the home of both parents. Legal custody is nearly always awarded to each parent as the decisions which impact a child today, and in the future, are best made jointly. This includes medical decisions, religious upbringing, and education.
Parents should also be aware that once a custody and support order is issued by the court, this does not mean that it is set in stone permanently. Should circumstances change, either spouse has the right to ask the court to take a second look at the arrangement.
Complex Divorces Require Experienced Attorneys
There are many factors which could complicate your divorce. If you have a spouse who is an active service member, the marital estate involves extensive real estate holdings, or if you are both actively involved in a family business, you want to make sure the attorney you hire has the skill and experience you need to help you make sure your interests are protected during the process. The more complicated your financial picture, the more likely you are to need someone who understands how to deal with property valuations, and business valuations.
Finding the Right Orange County Divorce Attorney
You want a lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with California’s court system when you are going through a divorce. This is especially true if the divorce is going to be contested by your spouse. You need someone who will represent your interests fairly and ensure that the court understands your views regarding some issues you will be facing.
Helping You See the Big-Picture Solution
If you and your spouse disagree on matters of divorce, then proceedings might become adversarial. However, we try to help both parties take a step back and see the big picture. Our goal is to help you and the other party reach an amicable solution through communication, compromise and an agreement outside of litigation.
If going to court is the best option for the circumstances of your unique case, our experienced litigation attorneys will protect your interests through each phase of the trial. We will prepare you in one-on-one sessions, aiming to get you the best possible result.
Children, Property and Everything In Between
You and your spouse have built a personal and financial foundation that must be divided in divorce. While this process can feel stressful, a quick resolution can be found with communication, compromise and a skilled legal advocate. Most importantly, we will help you protect time with your children and do what is best for them.
Part of what makes our firm different is that we can help with complex matters of divorce that touch other areas of your life, such as business law, domestic violence and estate planning. If you are a business owner, own complex assets or are dealing with violence in the home, then we are more than capable to help you take the best next step.
Pedrick Law Group Has the Skill and Experience to Help
Divorce always means emotions are going to run high. We approach every divorce with compassion, and we are always responsive to the needs of our clients. We understand a divorce impacts every part of your life, and you need someone who will be aggressive when needed and willing to compromise when appropriate. That is the difference you will find when you work with our offices during an Orange County divorce. We know when to compromise, but we will also be advocating for the outcome you desire.
Dissolving a marriage is difficult and you need to move forward with your life. We know a commonsense approach to divorce is necessary, yet we will be fully prepared to go to court and aggressively represent you on matters which you feel strongly about. When you need a lawyer to help you with an Orange County divorce, contact Pedrick Law Group, APC, at 949-388-8682 to schedule a consultation. Whether you are ready to take a proactive approach to your divorce, or your spouse is hiding assets and misrepresenting the marital estate, we can help.