Dedicated Family Law Attorney Assisting Residents of Alameda County
For over 30 years, the team at Kathleen K. Reeves & Associates has been providing skilled representation to individuals in a variety of family law matters. From our offices in downtown San Leandro and Pleasanton, we assist clients from throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties with compassion and competence. When it comes to family law issues, it takes a legal team with knowledge, strength, and heart to address the underlying concerns of all parties involved, and these are core components of our practice. We take the time to understand each client’s value system and overall goals. We know how trying divorce and custody issues can be, and you can rely on our experience to help you through the legal process.
At our firm, children always come first. We believe in facilitating productive conversations and settling disputes between spouses as efficiently and harmoniously as possible. For this reason, mediation is a substantial part of our practice. However, we also have the experience and tenacity to go to court if necessary. We handle a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody and visitation, community property division, legal separation, child support, spousal support, and parentage.
Key Issues to Consider When Dissolving a Marriage in California
California is a no-fault state, which means that a person trying to end a marriage does not have to establish that the other spouse did something wrong which caused the relationship to end. To obtain a divorce under this standard, one spouse must cite a reason for the split that is legally recognized by the state, which is usually “irreconcilable differences.” While showing fault is not necessary to obtain a divorce, the behavior of each spouse may be considered by the court when it comes to the division of marital property or alimony issues.
California is a community property state, so generally speaking, the assets, income, and debts acquired during the marriage are shared equally by both spouses at the time of divorce. For example, pension, retirement, profit sharing, and other employee benefit plans that accumulate during the marriage are often considered to be community property and are subject to division when the relationship dissolves. Separate property assets, such as gifts or inheritances received before the marriage, more typically remain the individual property of the spouse who originally owned them.
Child custody issues can make an already difficult divorce even more unbearable. Under California law, family law courts have a baseline presumption that maintaining a steady and ongoing relationship with both parents is in the best interest of a child. Accordingly, joint custody arrangements are highly favored. Parents are typically encouraged to work together and come up with a parenting plan that the court can approve. The court provides assistance through Family Court Services Mediation, in helping parents create a custody and visitation schedule that benefits the children.
Like every other state, California requires parents to take financial responsibility for their children by paying child support. The exact amount that is due will vary depending on factors such as each parent’s income, earning potential, and other resources, including time. Child support issues, much like other family law issues, can be very complex. This is why it can be helpful to obtain the guidance of a qualified attorney who understands this area of the law.
Consult a Skilled Alameda County Lawyer When Seeking a Divorce
Ending a marriage is a difficult process under almost any circumstances. We understand what you are going through, and we are here to help you make the complicated decisions you are facing. We have over 30 years of experience guiding families through divorce in Alameda County locations such as San Leandro and Pleasanton, as well as in other East Bay communities. We assess the details of each situation, and help you take the legal steps necessary to achieve your goals. If you need the services of a capable law firm, you can call us today at 925-551-3355 or 510-351-7955. Alternatively, you can contact us online for a free consultation.