A Skilled Divorce Attorney Who Can Help You

California is an amazing state. It is unique in many areas. That is especially true for the California laws that govern divorce. Even the name is different. California calls divorce as “dissolution of marriage.” The law here is different from many states in many respects, and it is changing all the time.

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Call me, Vista attorney William Sams, at 760-657-2257 or contact me online for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION learn more about how I handle divorces according to California law.

Child Custody And Support

Child custody and visitation is almost always the most important issue for married parents. Raising children is challenging. Are there safety issues? Alcohol or drug abuse? Domestic violence? Abandonment? How well do the parents work together for their children? Do they agree on school choice, child care and religion? What do the children think? Can the parents reach an agreement and not have a judge or social worker tell them how they must co-parent their children?

Today the mother is not presumed to get full custody. There are no cookie-cutter plans; what happened in your friend’s case may not happen in yours. Your situation is unique. Your children are unique. Let me help you create the best possible plan for yourself and your children. The law acknowledges the importance of having financial support as well as emotional support from both parents for the children.

California has very specific mandatory guidelines that calculate child support. Don’t assume that even if there is a 50-50 custody and visitation plan that there will not be any child support. Don’t assume that the person paying child support will get the children as tax deductions. You need the experienced professional help that I will give you at William H. Sams, Attorney at Law.

Property Division

Even simple, short marriages may have complex property division issues. California is a community property state. Property acquired in another state that does not follow community property laws may be treated as community property in California. Debts, including debts for credit cards solely in the other spouse’s name, may be considered community debts that both parties are liable to pay.

Who gets the house, apartment or vehicle, pending the dissolution? What if the house or vehicle is “upside down?” What about businesses created or enhanced during the marriage? Retirement plans? Military retirement? What forms about property must be completed before the case can be finalized? I will help you learn the answers to all of these questions and explain how the outcome may impact your life.

Changes In The Law

One thing is sure. The law is always changing. There are always new cases that redefine or change how the courts apply California divorce law, including cases related to spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support and move-away where a parent wants to move a child out of San Diego County. What worked in a friend’s divorce case may not apply now. Federal laws also change, and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 has radically changed California’s authority to divide an active-duty member’s military pension in military divorce cases. There is only one way to know how the law will affect you: working with an experienced attorney. Contact attorney William Sams today for your free initial consultation.

Attorney Fees And Costs

There are new laws in California designed to ensure both parties have equal access to the court and legal representation. There are no court-appointed lawyers. The new law considers if one party has more income or assets than the other and if that party has control over the finances. The court may order that party to pay part or all of the other’s attorney fees and costs. I can help you with this new law.

Talk With Me Today

Call me, California divorce lawyer William Sams, at 760-657-2257 or contact me online for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. I can advise and represent you with regard to military retirement benefits. My office is in Vista, and I represent clients in California and military personnel worldwide.