Finding a Family Law Attorney in Los Angeles
At the Simpson Law Group, our team of experienced divorce attorneys understand how difficult it can be to find the right divorce lawyer for your case. We are here to provide you with some steps to make the process easier. To learn more about our firm’s successful history of divorce representation in California, call or contact the office to schedule a consultation with an attorney today.
California Divorce Laws
If you would like to file for divorce in California, there are many requirements you must meet before divorce negotiations can even begin. First, the residency requirement states that at least one spouse must reside in California for at least six months prior to filing for divorce and in the county where the petition is filed for at least three months immediately before filing. The petition for divorce must also include a stated grounds for the dissolution of the marriage. In California, there are two legal grounds for divorce — irreconcilable differences and permanent legal incapacity to make decisions.
The spouse filing for divorce must submit the petition to the court and serve notice to the other spouse of the impending divorce proceedings. If there are any issues to negotiate, such as spousal support, asset distribution, child custody, visitation, or child support. the divorce may be identified as a contested divorce and may wind its way through the court system. Depending on the complexity of the case and the level of animosity between spouses, this process can take months or even years to complete. Keep in mind many issues can be resolved outside of court.
Why You Need a Divorce Attorney
An experienced California divorce attorney is your best option for reaching a positive conclusion in your case. A lawyer shoulders the burden of the legal case and alleviates some of the stress and confusion that can come with divorce. Your attorney will handle all communication and negotiation with your spouse or his/her attorney when it comes to contested issues. Your lawyer will file all of the proper paperwork with the court and protect your rights during this process. An attorney will zealously advocate on your behalf to put you in the best possible position to begin your life anew following your divorce.
How to Find the Right Attorney for Your Case
Finding the right divorce attorney for your case can be a process. This can be done by asking friends and family members for recommendations or by looking at state databases of attorneys, like the California State Bar website. You can also go on lawyer review websites to find potential attorneys for your case.
Start reviewing law firm websites and reading reviews from past clients. This is an easy way to begin eliminating lawyers that might not have a good reputation or do not sound like they have the same perspective on managing divorce cases as you. Once you narrow your search, schedule an initial consultation appointment with an attorney.
During the consultations with potential attorneys, it is important that you ask a number of different questions to fully understand the lawyer’s divorce strategies, how their practice operates, and how your case will be handled. You should also get a good sense of billing and fee structures during the initial interview so that you are not caught by surprise when a bill comes from your lawyer. Some of the most helpful questions to ask an attorney include the following:
- Do you practice divorce mediation or other methods of alternative dispute resolution?
- Will you be handling my case or will it be handed to another attorney?
- Do you have experience negotiating the issues most important to me, such as alimony, asset division, child support, and child custody?
- What is the best way to reach you and at what time?
- What is your fee structure and hourly billing rate?
- Will you consult with me before creating a strategy for my case?
Talk to an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today
Finding the right California divorce attorney for your case can be a process, but in the end it is worth it to find the right lawyer for your legal needs. To decide whether a lawyer at the Simpson Law Group is the best option for your divorce, call or contact our office today to schedule an initial appointment to discuss your case with a highly qualified legal professional.