Experienced, Compassionate Representation For California Dissolution Or Legal Separation
Getting divorced is a highly personal, emotionally charged, and complex experience. Knowing what to expect can help ease the stress and create a sense of security at a time when you may be uncertain about your future.
Having experienced legal representation is necessary for navigating the complex process of dissolution or legal separation in California. Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., offers the skill and knowledge to handle even the most complex and contentious divorces, with the object of securing fair resolutions. We serve clients in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara and throughout the Bay Area.
Dependable Counsel For Divorce And Separation
Our lawyers are well-suited to develop targeted legal strategies for the unique circumstances of your marital dissolution. We advise, resolve, negotiate and litigate as appropriate based on the particular issues you face. We successfully negotiate on behalf of clients involved in highly contentious situations. We are diligent in discovering the complete marital estate, and seasoned in ensuring that the best interests of the children remain in the forefront of our clients' cases.
We will walk you through the procedures for initiating divorce or pursuing a formal legal separation in California. We will explain all steps in the divorce process so that you can prepare yourself and make informed decisions at each stage. Our attorneys are well-versed in all divorce situations and collateral issues, including:
- The role of mediation, even in complex and high-conflict divorce
- Temporary orders for custody, support, and marital property
- All facets of property division and community property disputes
- All matters of custody, visitation, and child support
- Alimony (married couples) and Marvin actions (unmarried couples)
- LGBT matters, including same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships
- Prenuptial agreements (creating or litigating)
- Domestic violence restraining orders
- Bankruptcy in the context of divorce
- Post-divorce modifications of court orders
- Appeals of family court (or civil court) orders
- Domestic torts (transmission of STDs, invasion of privacy, etc.)
We handle your personal and financial matters with the foresight and attention to detail necessary to ensure that your unique circumstances are given proper consideration, that your marital and parental rights are protected, and that your marital estate is justly divided. We will conduct discovery in accordance with the needs of your matter and we will address the complex financial issues that arise out of the division of businesses, pensions and retirement plans, stock portfolios, stock options, and real estate.
"As anyone who has been through it can attest, going through a divorce is one of the hardest things I have ever done. One of the best things you can do to not only survive, but (eventually) thrive is to have a really great team. Two of the key members on my team were Debra Schoenberg and her Legal Assistant Anna Leff-Kich. I'm teary as I write this because I am so grateful to Debra, Anna, and all of Debra's terrific staff for keeping me out of court, and guiding me through a successful mediation settlement."
— S.C. (More client testimonials.)
Divorce Solutions For California
Once an action for dissolution has commenced, either party can request temporary assistance from the court. This request may be for temporary orders for custody and child support, spousal support, payment of community debts, or for other temporary relief necessary for the circumstances of your dissolution, such as move-out orders or orders for exclusive use and possession of the marital home.
Additionally, California's family laws have the express underlying policy of ensuring a proper division of community property and fair and equitable child support and spousal support awards. To effect this policy, the Family Code requires that parties to a dissolution action exchange "preliminary" and "final" declarations of disclosure, income and expense declarations, and supporting documents. These documents are mandatory, and must be completed truthfully and accurately. Our divorce and separation attorneys diligently prepare these documents for our clients, conduct the discovery necessary to obtain an accurate and comprehensive picture of the marital estates of our clients, and carefully scrutinize the documents produced by opposing parties, to ensure that the court receives an accurate depiction of the marital estate.
It helps to have counsel to advise and assist you as you navigate the filing, discovery, negotiation, and litigation stages of a dissolution. Our firm will ensure that your dissolution — whether contested, uncontested, or default — conforms to the statutory procedure requirements and accords with the rights and obligations imposed by the state of California.
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The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., offers the San Francisco Bay Area more than 25 years of experience counseling clients in all aspects of marital dissolution and legal separation proceedings. We will thoroughly explain all issues related to your dissolution to ensure that your rights are protected and the final dissolution judgment is both equitable and fair.
We know you have many questions, anxieties, and specific concerns. Our legal team strives to build relationships with clients based on integrity, trust, and open communication, and we invite you to sit down with one of our experienced San Francisco divorce attorneys. You can contact us online, or call us at 415.834.1120.