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We do not require a retainer. Fortunately, when the Pandemic hit us in March 2020, we had already been a paperless office for many years with two cloud based case management systems. However, the Pandemic propelled us to make many improvements to our client service protocols, retainer requirements, direct calendaring, electronic exchanges and remote systems being some examples. This has allowed our firm to concentrate more on client service and less on wasteful antiquated management systems. If you entrust us with your family law matter, you'll be in excellent hands.

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Family Lawyer Modesto, California

Family Lawyer

Family Lawyer Modesto, California - divorce decree wedding bands and gavelIf you were recently served divorce papers, or if you are seeking assistance with child custody matters, contact the family lawyer Modesto, California residents trust today to schedule a free consultation. You do not have to focus on handling every aspect of your family law matter on your own. When you go through the process of legally ending a significant relationship it can cause emotional pain and psychological suffering. Contact today to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case. 

Family Law Cases and Legal Issues 

The following types of legal issues are often decided in family law cases: 

  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements 
  • Alienation of affection 
  • Property division 
  • Child support 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Child custody 
  • Divorce 

What Should I Know About Divorce?

Divorce is one of the most common legal issues handled during family law cases. Divorce and separation provide litigants with many different options. Legal separation is one option available to individuals who are seeking to end their legal marriage relationship. Legal separation, in fact, does not end a domestic partnership or marriage. Couples can live apart after a legal separation yet still make important decisions about property, parenting, and money. 

A couple may choose to divorce at a later date. The parties cannot enter a domestic partnership or marry someone else while they are still married but legally separated. Many couples choose to undergo a legal separation rather than a divorce if they believe the relationship is capable of being mended at some time in the future. 

What Is An Annulment?

Divorce is not the same as an annulment. When a marriage relationship is annulled it states that the marriage is null and void. If the marriage was not originally legal valid then it will need to be annulled. A marriage entered by force or fraud is not legally valid. Also, a party may be unable to consummate the marriage, and this may lead to an annulment. 

If you discover you were married by fraud then you have four years from the date you learn of the fraudulent behavior to file for an annulment. Speaking to a knowledgeable family lawyer will help you learn what you need to do to annul a marriage. 

What Is A Summary Divorce?

Specific couples must be eligible for a summary divorce. A couple must have remained married for five years. The couple must also not own property together, not have any children, have less than $6,000 in communal debt, own less than $40,000 in property, not engage in spousal support, and must have signed an agreement dividing all property and debts. 

Summary divorces are designed to conserve judicial resources. These divorces help couples who have not been together for long periods of time, who do not have children or property, and who want to simply end their marriage relationship. 

What Is A Contested Divorce? 

Contested divorce concerns parties who cannot agree on how to end their marriage relationship. Parties often use the services of a mediator to resolve their differences. Also, a judge may sign an agreement containing provisions which both parties endorse and accept. If the parties cannot agree on specific aspects of an agreement, a judge will make a determination regarding the following factors: visitation rights, child custody, child support, and property division. 

Contact Today to Schedule A Free Consultation

It is not easy facing the end of an important relationship. Contact today to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case. Call the office at 415-688-2400 to schedule your free consultation today. 

Client Review

"Bernie and his team have been incredible! Always responsive, professional, and, most importantly, ethical. Bernie's recommendations are exactly what I would expect from a professional in this field. He does not want you wasting your money on something a judge won't ultimately approve in court. In my experience, his team has tried to save me money where they could. I highly recommend him and his team. They will put in the time and effort to ensure you are well represented!"
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