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.

When It's Over,
It's time to move on

Moving Forward With Your Life When The Marriage Is Over

It’s never easy to face the prospect of starting over, but when the alternative is staying in an abusive or unworkable situation, it’s time to face facts and take action. At the family law offices of AttorneyBernie.Com, we help people through the process of divorce so they can begin life anew.

You Have Different Legal Options When It Comes To Divorce

One thing many people do not expect when starting the process of divorce is the multiple different ways you can end a marriage, including:

  • Traditional divorce. This is by far the most common way. California is a no-fault divorce state, so “irreconcilable differences” is a valid ground for divorce. There’s no need to demonstrate that someone was at fault. However, there are still actions that can influence the family court’s decision about property division and child custody.
  • Annulment, either legal or religious. With an annulment, it is as if the marriage never occurred. The grounds for legal versus religious annulments are different, however. It’s important to talk to a lawyer if you’re considering one of these types.
  • Legal separation. Legal separation means your marriage continues, but your legal and financial affairs are separated. You will still need to divide your marital property and make decisions about spousal support.

Using Collaboration To Solve Your Problems

At AttorneyBernie.Com, we believe that we serve your interests best when we work tenaciously to settle your case before it goes to a family law judge. Going to divorce court is more costly, and you have less control over the outcome of your case when it is up to the judge to decide. Whenever possible, we empower our clients to help shape the agreements that will affect their future. When helpful, we participate in the collaborative law process.

However, not every case can be settled or negotiated outside of court. When the other party is being unreasonable, domestic violence is an issue or no acceptable compromise is possible, we will zealously argue your case in California divorce courts.

Get An Experienced Opinion On Your Situation

Contact divorce lawyer Bernie Kempen to learn more about how AttorneyBernie.Com can help resolve your property division issue – always with an eye toward helping you get a fresh start in your new life. You can reach us by chatting below or sending us a contact request.

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"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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