With Experienced Legal Support, You Don’t Have To Face Family Law Issues Alone
The prospect of divorce can cause high levels of anxiety and stress, but that doesn’t mean you have to face it alone. At The Law Office of Robert E. Callahan, Bob Callahan will be by your side and do everything he can to lift the stress from your shoulders. Bob has more than four decades of legal experience. Over the course of his career, he has consistently earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* through Martindale-Hubbell, an influential directory for attorneys.
Bob makes a point of translating California’s complicated family law statutes into plain English so that you understand the issues in your case and feel empowered to make important decisions with confidence. He has earned a reputation with past clients and colleagues as an approachable attorney and clear communicator. Whenever you have a question about your case, Bob will answer it quickly and thoroughly.
Comprehensive Legal Guidance For Every Aspect Of Divorce
The Law Office of Robert E. Callahan assists in every aspect of every kind of divorce, including:
- Uncontested divorce
- Contested divorce
- High-asset divorce
- Child custody agreements
- Child and spousal support
When necessary, Bob can also help you request temporary orders regarding support, custody, use-of-property and any other issues when a prompt adjustment is required.
Premarital Agreements In California
The strength of a relationship is often tested at the mere mention of a premarital agreement (also known as a prenuptial agreement or simply a prenup). For individuals with high-value assets, family heirlooms or treasured items they want to keep in their own possession or the possession of a friend or family member if a marriage ends, premarital agreements are invaluable. California’s Uniform Premarital Agreement Act allows you to include both current and future property rights, but it does not allow you to negatively affect the court’s ability to make decisions about child support and child custody arrangements. California premarital agreements are only valid if both spouses are of sound mind when signing the agreement and complete, accurate information about property and finances is revealed before signing.
Postmarital Agreements In California
In most ways, a postmarital agreement works the same as a premarital agreement except that it is signed after a couple is already married. It allows spouses to identify specific property and assets for exclusion from what is typically considered marital property that would otherwise be equally divided during divorce proceedings or given directly to a surviving spouse in the event of death. Also like a premarital agreement, it cannot negatively affect the court’s ability to make decisions about child support and child custody arrangements. The two key differences are that a postmarital agreement must be approved by the court to be valid and the date that the agreement goes into effect can be set to any date from the day of the marriage to the day the agreement is filed.
The Benefits Of Pre-Divorce Consulting
Pre-divorce consulting is not really about planning a divorce, it is about understanding your options and what each option entails. For those entering The Law Office of Robert E. Callahan who have decided that their marriage is beyond repair, the discussion revolves around options for moving forward and what those options entail. This includes collaborative divorce and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. For those who are uncertain and want a better understanding of what life would be like after a divorce, the discussion involves explaining the details of the divorce process, including how marital property is divided, how support is calculated and issues surrounding child custody. It is not unusual for clients to leave a consulting session, seek marriage counseling and never return. The goal at The Law Office of Robert E. Callahan is not to turn a divorce consulting client into an actual divorce client, but rather to help people make informed decisions about the future of their marriages and their families.
Financial Aspects Of Divorce
Bob will help you navigate all the financial aspects of divorce, including division of property, spousal support and child support. Small differences in the terms of the support arrangements can have a profound impact on your future finances. When support agreements are drafted, it’s important to work with an experienced attorney who will stand up for your interests.
Support is calculated using a variety of factors, such as:
- The earning capacity of each party
- The ability of the supporting spouse to pay support
- The assets and debts of each spouse
- The age and health of each spouse
- The length of the marriage
- The child parenting (timeshare) arrangement
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When you are facing divorce, meeting with an experienced attorney who can help you form an effective legal strategy is the best first step.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.