Santa Rosa Divorce Attorney Aids Families as They Move Forward
Resourceful counsel for divorces of all types
Divorce is never pleasant, but with a trusted advisor advocating for your rights, you have the best chance of managing your transition successfully. At my practice, The Law Offices of Karen Cline, I have spent nearly thirty years helping individuals and families move forward after a marriage dissolves. I am an accomplished trial litigator and a certified mediator for couples who wish to resolve their issues in a less adversarial forum. In all cases, I am committed to being responsive to my clients’ needs and known for handling even the most contentious divorce cases with care.
Focusing on children’s needs in custody and visitation matters
No aspect of divorce is more important than preserving the well-being of the children involved. Even when other issues are hotly disputed, this is an area where the court considers the best interests of the child, so parents need to agree on important considerations. One of those is a written parenting plan that must be submitted to the court. This plan establishes clear guidelines on each parent’s time with the child so that confusion and conflicts are avoided. The standard California form allows parents to decide on several key issues, including:
- Legal custody — The authority to make important decisions on a minor child’s behalf, such as those involving education and healthcare, is often shared.
- Physical custody — This determines where the child will live. Physical custody can be shared, but courts often encourage parents to consider the effect that constant travel and more than one home might have on the child.
- Visitation — For a parent who does not have physical custody, visitation secures parenting time with the child at specific times and places. There is also a provision to determine where the child will spend various holidays.
In all cases, I strive to be a compassionate advocate for my clients while keeping the best interests of their children at the forefront.
Explaining the factors in determining child and spousal support
When allocating child support, California relies on a form that takes into account each parent’s income, number of children and health insurance coverage. By using this form as a benchmark, I can help you understand what you might expect in a child-support resolution. Spousal support, commonly called alimony, can be a trickier issue that might involve subjective determinations about a spouse’s ability to work and their contribution to the household. I will evaluate each possible factor and plan a strategy to help you obtain the type of support you need and deserve.
Pursuing a fair division of marital property and debts
California is a community property state, which means that all assets and debts accumulated during the course of a marriage are divided equally in a divorce. In divorces that are less contentious, mediation can be a highly effective means of dividing property that benefits both spouses. The end date for establishing community property is usually the date that the legal separation was entered. Though most property acquired before that date is considered to be shared, divorcing partners sometimes try to claim certain items as separate property, as if they had been acquired prior to the marriage. I will help you obtain your rightful share of marital property and charge affordable fees so that you can keep what you own.
Assistance with issues related to the marital home
In many instances, the marital home is the asset that is most valuable and most difficult to allocate. We can help facilitate a sale in which the proceeds are divided equally. When this is not optimal, we assist clients in finding creative solutions through buyouts and other arrangements.
Contact a Sonoma County divorce law firm for a free initial consultation
If your marriage is ending, call The Law Offices of Karen Cline at 707-578-6742 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation in our Santa Rosa office.