Hiring a family law attorney is a big decision. You want to make sure you are getting the best representation possible for your case. Here are some tips on hiring the best California family law attorney for you:
Ask For Referrals and Do Your Research
A good way to find a lawyer is to ask for referrals from friends or family who have used lawyers for similar issues. If they don’t know anyone, ask if they know any lawyers in any field who they’d be comfortable asking for help with referrals. You can also check out websites like Avvo or Legal Zoom to find lawyers in your area. Once you have a few names, do your research. Look at their websites and read reviews from past clients.
Once you have a few lawyers in mind, schedule consultations with each one. This will give you a chance to meet the lawyer and ask them questions about your case, and get a feel if they are a fit for you and your situation or not.
When meeting with a potential California family law attorney, it is important to ask some key questions to get a sense of whether they are the right fit for you. Some of the most important questions to ask include the following:
- How long have you been practicing family law?
- What is your experience with cases like mine?
- How do you typically handle cases like mine?
- What is your success rate in cases like mine?
- What are the potential outcomes of my case?
- What are the risks and rewards of going to trial?
- How much will your services cost?
Taking the time to ask these questions and any other questions you have can help you make an informed decision.
Trust Your Gut When Choosing a Family Law Attorney
Choosing a California family law attorney is a big decision. After all, this is the person who will help you navigate one of the most difficult times in your life. It’s important to find someone you can trust to protect your interests and give you sound advice.
So how do you choose the right attorney for you? Trust your gut. If you feel like you can’t trust the attorney or you’re not comfortable with them, then they’re probably not the right choice for you.
Instead, keep looking until you find someone who makes you feel confident and reassured. Only then will you be able to move forward with your case, knowing that you have the best possible representation.
Why You Might Need a California Family Law Attorney
We understand that family law issues can be sensitive and emotionally charged. Whether you are facing a divorce, needing to establish paternity, or other family law matter, a family law attorney can help. We handle a wide range of family law cases, including but not limited to the following:
If you are involved in a child custody dispute, we can help you explore all of your options and find a solution that is in the best interests of your child. We understand how important it is for you to maintain a strong relationship with your child, and we will do everything we can to help you achieve that goal.
Divorce, Legal Separation, and Divorce Mediation
Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court. In the state of California, a divorce can be granted on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. This means that the incompatibility of the spouses has led to the breakdown of the marriage, and there is no hope for reconciliation. The divorce process can be complicated, and it is important to seek legal counsel.
There are alternatives to divorce, such as divorce mediation. This process can be quicker, less expensive, and allows the couple to have a say in things within the divorce agreement.
Legal separation is also an alternative to divorce, especially if the couple is unsure a divorce is the best solution for their situation. Religious beliefs and financial benefits are a couple of the reasons couples choose legal separation over divorce.
Orders of Protection
Orders of protection are issued by a court to protect an individual from domestic violence. The order can include various things, such as prohibiting the abuser from coming near the victim’s home or workplace or ordering them to stay away from the victim entirely.
Child Support and Modifications
In the state of California, both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially. Child support is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. The amount of child support that is owed each month is based on a number of factors, including the income of both parents and the number of children involved. Child support payments are generally made until the child turns 18 years old.
Unfortunately, things happen, and the parent paying child support has problems meeting the monthly payment. However, there is an option for child support modifications if the circumstances warrant a change, like the loss of a job.
In California, spousal support, often to referred to as alimony is ordered when there is a significant disparity in incomes between the two spouses. The spouse with the higher income is typically ordered to pay spousal support to the other spouse until they can become self-sufficient. There are several factors that the court will consider when determining the amount of spousal support, including the length of the marriage, each spouse’s earning capacity, and the standard of living during the marriage.
These are just some of the family law matters that Bruce handles. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to contact him.
Contact Attorney Bruce A. Mandel Today For Help With Your Family Law Matters
Bruce understands that each family is unique and tailors his services to meet the specific needs of his clients. Whether you are facing a complex divorce or a difficult child custody battle, Bruce will work tirelessly to protect your rights.
Contact Bruce today to schedule a consultation. He would be honored to serve as your advocate during this challenging time. Be sure to follow him on Facebook for more information. Call California family law attorney Bruce A. Mandel today at (424) 250-9130 or use his contact form to schedule a confidential consultation.