Step 1: Call and make an appointment for an initial consultation. It is important to find out what your rights are and what to expect before filing your petition for dissolution. Depending on your situation, we often suggest that you collect and make copies of all important documents, bank account statements, retirement statements, and deeds and titles to property. We will also make suggestions that will help you to obtain the type of custody arrangement that you want with your children before filing the petition. We can also give you advice on how to protect your separate property assets and your share of the community property and how to address potential support obligations. Finally, we will be able to inform you of the steps your litigation is likely to take.
While each case is different, and how the opposing party acts will shape some of what will happen in your divorce, we can help to minimize the surprises and keep you informed of each step as it progresses.
If you have already been served the petition, then do not delay in contacting us or some other reputable family law attorney. You have a limited time to respond to the petition, and, if you put it off, you will be jeopardizing your children and your assets.
Step 2: After your initial consultation, you will want to act on the advice provided to you. You may want to retain our firm immediately or you may want to wait until you are in the best possible position to initiate the dissolution. We can help you make that decision.
Step 3: Start the process and file the petition. Our attorneys will guide you through every step of the process. We welcome your questions because clients should be well-informed and should know their options. We have a policy to return telephone calls from our clients within 24 hours and usually much sooner. We use a team effort in our representation of you which helps you get the best results possible during litigation through final judgment.