Understanding California Divorce

At Minyard Morris, our team of 16 experienced family law attorneys will creatively focus their efforts on ensuring that you have the strategic advice you need for a successful divorce. As a firm that has been serving Orange County clients for over 40 years, we understand that there is more than one path to the dissolution of a marriage.

As a client of Minyard Morris, you will receive a specifically selected attorney to represent you throughout your case. In addition, our entire team of divorce attorneys meets three times weekly to discuss case strategy and resolution, so you will also receive the experience and insight of 16 family law attorneys dedicated to working exclusively on Orange County family law matters.

The Many Facets Of Divorce

Every divorce is as unique as the couple going through it. Our team will creatively look at your divorce from all possible angles to be prepared for every contingency. We understand the value of working efficiently to resolve matters as expediently as possible. For a couple with the right frame of mind who truly qualify as good candidates, mediation may offer the fastest route to conclude a divorce.

For other people, a satisfactory resolution requires a thorough assessment, and possibly a trial. Divorce can be a very emotional process for many, raising underlying psychological issues that need to be strategically addressed. We will be with you every step of the way, and you will always know where your case stands.

Most California divorces address certain cornerstone issues, including:

  • Division of property – You will want to tell your lawyer how you wish the property to be divided, from the furniture to your investments. California’s community property law dictates a basic framework as to how this should be done, but having a skilled negotiator on your side ensures that you receive a fair settlement.
  • Child custody and parenting plans – If you have children, the court will expect you to create a proposed plan for dividing parenting responsibilities and time with each parent. This step can be emotional and difficult, but we are here to help you protect your relationship with your child.
  • Child support – Child support payments are calculated based on a formula established under California law, and depends on many factors. We will show you the program printouts so you will know what to anticipate.
  • Spousal support – Though spousal support does not apply in every divorce, judges will consider payments from one spouse to the other in many different situations. Our divorce attorneys have extensive experience with the Orange County courts and understand the most effective strategies for protecting our clients’ financial future.

California’s Community Property Law

California is a community property state, but what exactly does that mean? In essence, most property you or your spouse acquired during your marriage belongs to you both equally. The law requires the court to divide this property evenly between you. Although this seems straightforward, the law does contain a number of exceptions. Complexities can arise in the division of property because of conflicts regarding valuations, commingling of separate and community property, a desire of both parties to be awarded the same assets and many other issues.

In addition, prenuptial agreements may affect the outcome regarding this process. Creating a full and accurate picture of your assets, liabilities and income is an important step toward safeguarding your finances and your future.

Connect With A Team That Is On Your Side

You do not have to face divorce alone. You deserve a team of proven professionals who will understand your goals and work to protect you and your rights every step of the way. That team is the Minyard Morris team. Contact our Newport Beach office at 949-724-1111 or via our confidential firm email to arrange your initial consultation.