Divorce and separation can be emotional and stressful times in your life. The Los Angeles divorce lawyers of MacLean Chung Law Firm will help you get through these times as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Our attorneys will give you the personal attention you deserve and will work with you to protect your best interests.
A MacLean Chung Law Firm divorce lawyer understands your concerns of custody, support, and property. You can count on us for honest communication and feedback throughout the process. Life is difficult enough on its own. Let us carry that burden for you.
At MacLean Chung, we are certified specialists who will take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your goals and answer your questions, including:
These questions and more will come up throughout your divorce or separation proceedings. Our lawyers will be by your side the entire time answering questions, providing legal advice and acting in your best interests.
Divorce requires patience. California has a minimum time period to get a divorce, a “cooling off” period to make sure you and your spouse are serious about divorce. Do not expect to be able to get a quick divorce in California. The law requires at least six months to have passed, after a divorce petition is served, before a divorce can be granted by a judge.
If you have kids, determining custody and visitation can be the most difficult part of a divorce. The court prefers that both parents work out custody and visitation issues, and will normally require you to go to mediation before a judge will make an order regarding child custody. The court always views custody and visitation questions from the aspect of what is best for the child, not who is the most deserving parent. It is usually far better for the children involved to have the parents work out an agreement than to have a court determine custody and visitation.
California uses strict formulas to determine child support. Los Angeles County uses the “Santa Clara Formula”. Child support is based upon a number of factors. The most important factors in determining spousal support are percentage of time spent with the child and income. The more time a parent spends with their child the less child support they will have to pay.
If you make more money than your spouse, you will likely end up paying him or her spousal support. That’s true whether you are a man or woman, so a wife could end up paying her husband spousal support if she has a higher income than him. The amount of alimony is determined by your income and your spouse’s income. In California, courts may also consider income potential, in certain situations. Income potential takes into consideration what a person should be making, or what they previously have made. And the length of time that a party is required to pay alimony is usually determined by the length of their marriage.
In California, all assets and debts acquired during your marriage are considered community property. Community property means that both spouses have an equal, one half share in all assets and debts from the marriage. It does not matter that the house or bank accounts are only in the name of one spouse. Each spouse has a one half interest in that property. On the flip side, all debts, generally speaking, acquired during the marriage are also split in half.
Divorce and separation can be an expensive, time-consuming and stressful process. Mediation is one way in which the Los Angeles divorce attorneys of MacLean Chung Law Firm will help you resolve your dilemma quickly and efficiently. Successful mediation through the court system will help in negotiating factors such as property division and support prior to presenting your case to a judge. Our Los Angeles divorce attorneys pride themselves on thorough preparation and attention to detail. Our divorce lawyers in Los Angeles prepare for your mediation as vigorously as we prepare for a trial and we will protect your interests.
MacLean Chung Law Firm provides legal advice and representation in Los Angeles County and communities throughout California. Contact our Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys immediately to schedule an appointment. Our divorce attorneys work out of the Burbank office but our attorneys can meet you at our branch offices in Pasadena and Valencia (Santa Clarita). We offer a free 30 minute consultation. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but we are available to meet our clients at any time by appointment. We accept all major credit cards. Contact the Los Angeles divorce attorneys of MacLean Chung Law Firm to schedule a free consultation at (818) 305-6200.