Dedicated Family Law Attorney Assisting Residents of Pleasanton
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. We understand how trying these issues can be for you. At our firm, children always come first. We will assess the details of each situation to ascertain how it will affect a child’s overall well-being and future development. We believe in facilitating productive conversations and settling disputes between spouses in Pleasanton and beyond as efficiently and harmoniously as possible. For this reason, mediation is a substantial part of our practice. Our family law lawyers handle matters related to 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 no-fault divorce, one spouse must cite a reason for the split that is legally recognized by the state. For example, “irreconcilable differences” is a common explanation.
California is a community property state, so any assets, income, and debts acquired by one spouse during the marriage are shared equally by both spouses at the time of divorce. Pension, retirement, profit sharing, and other employee benefit plans that accumulate during the marriage are considered to be community property and are subject to division when the relationship dissolves. This is a contrast to “equitable distribution” states, where the separation of assets is fair but not necessarily equal.
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 is usually helpful to obtain the guidance of a qualified attorney who understands this area of the law.
Consult a Skilled San Leandro Lawyer When Seeking a Divorce
Kathleen K. Reeves is a knowledgeable divorce attorney who is committed to assisting clients from San Leandro and other East Bay communities with compassion and competence. When it comes to family law issues, it takes a legal team with skill and heart to address the underlying concerns of all parties involved. We aim to settle cases efficiently to help you transition out of this difficult time. However, we also have the experience and tenacity to go to court if necessary. We take the time to understand each client’s value system and overall 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. Many of our clients come from Alameda County, Union City, or Newark.