Determined Vallejo Divorce Lawyers Respond to Your Concerns
Diverse legal team supports divorce litigation for North Bay clients
If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, you are probably feeling vulnerable and apprehensive about the future. How can you protect your children through the process? What will your relationship with them be like after the divorce? How much will the divorce cost? What are your finances going to be like when it’s over? All of these questions can prey on your mind. But when you retain Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC for your divorce, you get representation you can feel confident about. Our divorce lawyers are dedicated, attentive, and fully supported by our diverse legal team. You get personal attention to each of your pressing concerns and robust support from our civil litigation and business law divisions. Since 1973, our firm has been committed to providing excellent legal representation for each client; we’re ready today to deliver for you.
Skilled representation for contested and uncontested divorce in Vallejo
How you go about obtaining your divorce can significantly affect the cost and the length of the process. In California, all divorces are no-fault, so that spares you one potential area of disagreement. In most cases, you have two choices:
- Uncontested divorce — You attempt to reach a complete marital settlement with your spouse through traditional negotiation, mediation or the collaborative process. Some couples start working on their marital settlement before they even file for divorce. Uncontested divorce is generally possible when the parties retain a measure of respect and can still work cooperatively to expedite the process, to control costs, and for the good of their children. Opting for mediation can help move the process forward, since talks are not bound to the court’s calendar. Sessions held outside of court are confidential, so you retain more privacy as well. Finally, engaging in the cooperative process may be beneficial for parents who must continue to work together in parenting their children. When the parties arrive at a settlement, they present the signed document to the court for approval, and it becomes the basis for their divorce decree.
- Contested divorce — If parties are not able to reach a complete settlement, any unresolved issues are held over for trial. Contested divorce is often necessary when parents have strong disagreements about child custody issues, or one party is an unfit parent. Financial disputes must also be litigated, for example, if one party is suspected of hiding financial assets, a marital agreement is questionable, there are disagreements about the provenance of separate or marital property, or commingling of separate property has occurred.
Our family law attorneys are adept at overcoming obstacles to agreement and forging mutually beneficial settlements. Unfortunately, your spouse’s attitude and actions can force you to litigate when you might prefer to settle. In such cases, we vigorously assert your rights and bring to the court’s attention all relevant factors that support your position.
Vallejo attorneys protect your rights throughout the divorce process
Our family law attorneys provide highly professional and efficient representation for all divorce issues, including:
- Alimony — Under California law, a dependent spouse may be eligible for temporary alimony, called pendente lite, during the divorce process. A divorce decree can include various types of alimony, including rehabilitative alimony (to help a spouse become self-supporting), reimbursement (to repay a spouse for contributions such as those for higher education paid for with separate or marital funds), lump sum alimony (in lieu of a property settlement), and permanent alimony (which continues indefinitely). Our divorce attorneys help you obtain a fair alimony order based on all the relevant factors the courts must consider.
- Child custody — We help our clients negotiate parenting plans that protect their rights and promote their children’s best interests. When settlement is not possible, we are prepared to litigate aggressively to obtain an appropriate court order for child custody.
- Child support — California courts must adhere to statutory guidelines for child support, but issues still arise over questions of financial disclosure and the possibility of hidden income. Parents can also disagree on whether an obligor should pay for private school tuition or various enrichment activities. We advocate strongly for our clients, calling the court’s attention to all relevant facts.
- Property division — Because the division of your community property is so vital to your financial security after divorce, we work meticulously to ensure all your rights are protected. Although the law states you are entitled to 50 percent of your marital property, disputes often arise when parties attempt to hide assets, claim assets as separate property, or offer valuations of assets that are not accurate. Our business law resources offer significant support whenever property disputes arise.
When you retain our services, you get a strong advocate committed to your goals and robust support from a diverse legal team.
Choose a divorce lawyer in Vallejo you can be confident about
Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC strives to provide the highest levels of personal attention and professionalism in divorce representation. To learn more about how our law firm can manage your divorce litigation, call us today at 707-674-6057 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.