Nobody expects that they will end up going through a divorce. However, there are times when you may need a Simi Valley divorce lawyer to help you through a tough time. The outcome of a divorce can affect many aspects of your life, from your financial stability to parental rights. At The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, our certified family law specialists are ready to get to work negotiating on your behalf. You do not have to do this alone.
Divorces are complex
Divorce is not uncommon, though it is not something anyone plans on going through. When it happens, you need to understand that there are complexities involved that often require an attorney’s assistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US divorce rate for the latest reporting year was 3.2 divorces per 1,000 people.
California is notoriously bad about publishing divorce rate data, but when we use the Statistical Atlas to look at the local statistics, we can see that12% of the Simi Valley population is divorced, which is higher than many of the surrounding areas, including Los Angeles.
When you are going through a divorce, whether contested or uncontested, there are a variety of issues that need to be settled before the divorce can be finalized. These include:
- The distribution of assets equitably between the parties
- The separation of any debts the couple has
- Spousal maintenance payments
- Child custody and child support if there are minor children
- Visitation for a non-custodial parent
For a contested divorce, one in which one or both parties do not agree on the issues at hand, the process can become contentious. An attorney acts as your advocate throughout the entire process. It is better to have someone handle negotiations of these matters for you. Being emotionally entangled can cloud a person’s judgment and make the process much tougher.
What about mediation?
Mediation is not required in a Simi Valley divorce, but there are times when the court could order the spouses to undergo mandatory mediation, particularly when there are disputes over child custody.
Even if mediation is not ordered, it can be a less stressful way for both sides to come to an agreement over the issues listed above. The team at the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch are ready to help you with your mediation needs.
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Let us get to work on your case today
You should not try to handle an entire divorce case by yourself. These cases can become incredibly complex, and one misstep can lead to years of difficulties. At The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we are prepared to help you with all aspects of your divorce case. Our family law specialists will be by your side, ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout the entire process. When you need a Simi Valley divorce attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.