Divorce is one of the most emotional times in a person’s life. Divorce can involve the highly emotional issues of division of marital property, alimony (spousal support), child support, and child custody. The experienced Burbank divorce lawyers at MacLean Chung Law Firm are sympathetic to your situation and will guide you through this difficult time.
California is a “no fault” divorce state. That means that a person does not need a valid reason to get divorced. In fact, California only requires that one person want to get divorced. It does not matter if one spouse is unwilling to get a divorce. Nearly all divorces in California are based upon “irreconcilable differences”. If you are worried that your spouse would not consent to a divorce, rest assured that in California one spouse can initiate and even complete a divorce without any cooperation from their spouse.
Some states adhere to a doctrine called “community property”. California is a “community property” state. That means that all property obtained during marriage (until separation) is considered the property of both spouses. It does not matter if the property is in the name of one spouse or the other. Usually, all property obtained during marriage is considered to be community property. Property that is obtained before marriage, after separation, or by gift or inheritance is considered “separate property”. Separate property is property that only belongs to one spouse. Although it may seem straightforward, characterization of martial property can get very complicated. Contact a MacLean Chung Burbank divorce lawyer to discuss the “community property” laws of California.
Child support is determined by a complicated formula. However, in general, if you make less than your spouse, then it is likely that you will receive spousal support from them. The amount of spousal support will depend on the relative income of both spouses. And the duration of spousal support will depend on the length of the marriage.
Like spousal support, child support is also determined by a complicated formula. Child support is based upon a number of factors including relative incomes and time spent with children. The more time you spend with your children the less spousal support you will have to pay. Child support is paid until children reach 18 years of age.
Child custody and visitation are usually the most contested parts of a divorce. In most cases, custody will be joint and visitation will be close to 50/50 unless there are aggravating circumstances such as domestic violence. The court proceeds upon the belief that joint custody and 50/50 visitation is in the best interest of the child, unless evidence shows otherwise. Contact a local Burbank divorce lawyer today to discuss child custody and visitation.
At MacLean Chung Law Firm, our Burbank divorce attorneys treat each client with the personal attention they deserve. We formulate our strategy based upon each client’s unique goals. Our attorneys always work for our clients’ best interests. A Burbank divorce lawyer at MacLean Chung Law Firm will advise you on law and allow you to make an informed decision.
The divorce attorneys at MacLean Chung Law Firm are committed to the Burbank area. Our main office is in Burbank and our lawyers are focused on the unique needs of Burbank residents. If you live in Burbank, or nearby in Glendale, North Hollywood, Studio City, San Fernando or Sylmar call a Burbank divorce lawyer to discuss your case.
The Burbank divorce lawyers of MacLean Chung Law Firm are focused on Burbank. Our family law lawyers have intimate knowledge of the Burbank courthouse and offer a free consultation at our office in Burbank, California. Our Burbank divorce attorneys serve the cities of Burbank, Sun Valley, North Hollywood, Glendale, Eagle Rock and Sylmar. If you are looking for a divorce attorney in or near Burbank, California contact a Burbank divorce lawyer at MacLean Chung Law Firm to discuss your case.