Family Law Practice Overview
Beck Law P.C. Family Law Practice Overview
Our Beck Law P.C. family law practice division can work with you from Santa Rosa to Ukiah on most family law matters. Whether a contested or uncontested divorce, whether you have just filed for divorce or you need assistance with a post-judgment request for enforcement or modification of a final divorce decree. We handle separation matters and can assist you in working out a resolution to all issues related to or arising out of a family law matter including:
In many cases, a variety of issues need to be resolved in a divorce such as property division, child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support. You will find more information about these issues on our Divorce page as well as on our other family law pages as outlined below.
Should your matter involve child custody and visitation, our goal is to help you achieve a child custody agreement designed with the best interests of your minor children in mind. A child custody agreement which provides you the opportunity to play a meaningful role in your children’s development and growth.
By law, both parents have a duty to support their minor children. We carefully review all proposed child support orders for compliance with California guidelines to ensure that all relevant income is included in the child support calculation.
We review all factors considered by the court for both temporary spousal support and long-term spousal support to assist you in determining if an award of spousal support is warranted and if so, the amount and duration of spousal support payments. (The word Alimony had been used for a long time prior to being phased out in favor of the now preferred term of Spousal Support.)
We can help you to obtain a legal separation. A legal separation is similar to a divorce in that all of the same issues must be resolved and adjudicated, and the terms of the judgment are binding. However, unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not terminate a marriage. With a legal separation you cannot remarry and one spouse can remain on the other’s health insurance policy.
By law in California, community property is divided equitably by the court with each party receiving 50%. If parties enter into their own agreement, the law provides an exception and the percentages may change. Many factors are to be considered including the nature of the assets and debts of the parties being characterized as either community property or separate property.
If parties are able to agree on all the issues mentioned above, typically they enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) which outlines the terms of the agreement reached by the spouses. The MSA is then incorporated into the final judgment and has the force of a court order.
We have an extensive collection of family law related blog articles which can be viewed here.