At Bansmer Law, we understand the importance of family and strive to implement the philosophy of family first into our family court approach. An inadequate approach to domestic legal problems has the potential to wreak havoc in a family’s life. Our legal team holds extensive experience in dealing with family court matters from divorce, separation, custody, visitation and child support. The divorce process can be a very stressful experience. Having an experienced divorce attorney can make all the difference in the results of your legal matters.
Our attorneys, Erica M. Bansmer and Elizabeth E. Stephens, will take the time to hear your story and present all of your legal options.
Whatever your needs are, we have the resources, skills, and experience to help you reach the best possible outcome. Our staff is professional, discreet, courteous and there for you when you need someone on your side. We provide family law representation in the following areas:
- Child Support
- Division of Marital Property
- Spousal Support
- Same-Sex Divorces
- Retirement Issues
- Property Division
- Child Visitation
- Attorney Fees
- Enforcement of an Order
- Violations of Orders
- Move Aways
California Divorce Laws
If you’re considering a divorce, legal separation or annulment in the state of California, there are a few legal points you should familiarize yourself with. The first is that California is a no-fault divorce state. In a no-fault divorce state, spouses are permitted to end their marriage or legal marital status without proving that their spouse has done anything wrong. Under the labeling of “irreconcilable differences” the spouse requesting the divorce only has to say that the couple is no longer able to get along. This process is called a no-fault divorce. Even no-fault separation can be made simpler with a divorce attorney.
Responding to a Petition for Divorce in California
In the state of California, in a legal marriage or registered domestic partnership, either spouse/partner has the right to request the court to dissolve their relationship legally. If you’ve been served with a petition or summons for dissolution or legal separation, this means that your spouse is officially asking the court to end your marriage. Divorce laws in California only require one party to desire the dissolution of the relationship for the courts to legally grant the request. The opposing party to the divorce cannot prevent the acting spouse from moving forward with the divorce. In California the time stipulations for divorce are minimal. Married couples and registered domestic partners are permitted to end their legal marital status as quickly as six months after the papers have been filed at the courthouse and those papers have been properly served to the addressed party. If you have questions about legally dissolving your relationship or would like advice on how to respond to a petition for divorce, call (209) 474-2400 to speak with our attorneys regarding your case.
Understanding Property & Debt in California Divorce Cases
In the divorce process, one of the most commonly misunderstood factors is the division of property and debt agreements. In some cases, these legal matters are very straightforward while in others they can become extremely complicated. For example, if you entered a written property agreement before or during your marriage, the terms of that agreement could have a direct impact on the terms of the divorce. These property agreements are sometimes known as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Whether you signed an agreement or not, we recommend consulting with an experienced divorce attorney to evaluate your legal options in the areas of property and debt concerning your divorce.
Choosing the Right Divorce Attorney
Here at Bansmer Law, we realize whether the matter is simple or complex, clients deserve to have their legal issues solved promptly, efficient, at a reasonable price, and with an eye toward protecting their interests.
Although the decision and steps necessary to end a marriage can be difficult, the option to divorce is an important freedom that allows us to move through the healing process from marital conditions that can seem hopeless. The reasons for divorce can be many. So, when a marriage is ending, and you’re overwhelmed with everything that’s needed to legally terminate it, finding the correct divorce attorney is a huge part of resolving these issues. Attorneys, Erica Bansmer and Elizabeth Stephens see their role as not only a legal advocate but a counselor and adviser with an encompassing knowledge of the family law process and a unique sensitivity to the emotional impact that divorce can have on clients.
If you’re in need of a divorce attorney, contact Bansmer Law now for a consultation. We will give you all the details and help you understand the divorce and family law process. Call (209) 474-2400 or e-mail us now to schedule an appointment.