Orange CountyFamily Law Attorneys
Our Orange County family law attorney practice is entirely devoted to divorce and family law. That means that our attorneys have the training, experience and knowledge to ensure that proper procedure, protocol and laws are applied appropriately to each case to ensure outcomes that are as favorable to our clients as possible. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Draft & ExecutePrenuptial Agreements
California law allows people who are planning to get married or who are already married to enter into binding agreements that can control the issues related to property division and how financial matters will be handled should the marriage end in divorce.
One of the most contentious issues in many divorces is the way that property will be divided between the parties. California is a community property state, which means that any asset that is acquired during the marriage, while the couple is living together will be divided equally between them unless there is an agreement to the contrary.
Orange County Family Law Services
Binding agreements that can control the issues related to property division and how financial matters will be handled should the marriage end in divorce.
Ending Your Marriage
Our Orange County family law attorneys are knowledgeable in all facets of divorce and family law from domestic partnerships to the most complex situations.
Enforcement of Orders
Is your ex-spouse not cooperating with Court orders? We will evaluate your specific matter to determine the best course of action.
Modification of Orders
Court orders are based on your circumstances at the time the order was issued and can be changed if your circumstances have changed.
TYPES OF DIVORCE
Despite common perception, litigation isn’t the only way to settle a divorce case. If you’ve made the decision to end your marriage there are several options that are faster, less expensive, and much gentler than a court proceeding. We provide professional and competent legal counsel when handling military divorce, collaborative divorce, mediation, and uncontested divorce. We are your advocate for whatever your divorce case requires.
In this case, you and your spouse meet with a neutral mediator. His or her role is to help you resolve the multitude of issues surrounding your divorce. Issues like child custody and support, the division of property, and spousal support. There is no ruling in a mediation.
In any situation where a couple is able to amicably settle their divorce, it’s called an uncontested divorce. These proceedings are similar to a collaborative divorce.
If a couple isn’t able to resolve their divorce amicably, litigation is required. In divorce court, things can become contentious and often, proceedings take many months. Litigation is generally expensive, time consuming, and draining.
The role of an arbitrator is similar to that of a judge. He or she must make decisions to resolve your divorce issues, but the process is less formal than litigation. Unlike mediation, arbitration is binding – meaning there is no appeal process. One of the benefits of arbitration is the flexibility of the couple to determine the rules of the arbitration. This isn’t an option in court.
Choose The Right Orange County Family Law Attorney
We recognize the challenges associated with the divorce and family law litigation process. Family law issues can be both uncertain and overwhelmingly complicated. Our Orange County family law attorneys are knowledgeable in all facets of divorce and family law from domestic partnerships to the most complex and high conflict cases involving financials and child custody issues. Since we focus exclusively on family law, we keep up to date on the latest laws and developments that impact the practice of divorce and family law. Our expertise and knowledge allows us to identify creative strategies aimed at resolution with a focus towards expediency and efficiency. When settlement is not possible, our skilled Orange County divorce attorneys will bring the matter to a conclusion in a court of law.
Support and Custody Issues
Child support is determined by a mandatory formula that the Courts utilize with various computer programs (such as the “x-spouse” or “dissomaster” computer programs – the Department of Child Support Services uses a similar but different program), which take into consideration the number of children, the respective timeshare or percentage of time each parent has visitation or parenting time with the minor children (out of a 100% rubric), the filing status of each respective parent (single, head of household, married filing jointly or separately, etc.), the number of exemptions, each parent’s respective income and certain deductions that come from pay (i.e. health insurance, required or mandatory union dues, property taxes, mortgage interest deductions, mandatory retirement, etc.) and other various input fields.
With respect to spousal support in California, there is a distinction between temporary spousal support (pendent lite support which means “pending the litigation” in latin), which is ordered during the pendency of the divorce proceeding, and long-term or permanent spousal support, which can be ordered at the time of trial and/or as part of an agreement between the parties. Since the purpose of temporary spousal support (to maintain the status quo pending the divorce) and long-term support are different, the amounts and terms are calculated differently.
When children are involved in a divorce, important decisions must be made about how the child will spend his or her time with each parent. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on a visitation schedule, the court will determine the terms of your custody arrangement. Many things factor into this decision, but the judge’s responsibility lies with the best interest of the child or children. The courts primary concern is the safety and welfare of the child, and in most situations, maintaining frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Parents are encouraged to work together and always keep the children’s best interest in mind after a divorce. Only when extenuating circumstance prevents this, will a judge rule otherwise.
OC Family Law Attorneys With Experience
With so much at stake rest in knowing that our Orange County family law attorneys will tirelessly and aggressively protect your interests.
A winning strategy starts with preparation well before litigation. We analyze the pros and cons of every case to educate our clients on the weaknesses and strengths of their cases and our approach is tailored to mitigate the weaknesses and emphasis the strengths.
Unwavering Commitment to Clients
We are parents. We are spouses. We are Orange County family law attorneys. We know the headaches and heartaches that clients endure throughout the process. We treat each client as a partner in the process, making their success one that we are personally committed to from inception to conclusion.
Success Both In and Out of the Courtroom
Many firms represent themselves as litigators, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. We know the family code. We know the evidence code. We know civil practice and procedure. We use that knowledge to either resolve cases informally (through settlement to the greatest extent possible) and to further your cause in a court of law when settlement isn’t possible.
Orange County Family Law THE SEARCH ENDS HERE
You have likely searched the internet, browsed numerous websites looking for the best Orange County family law attorney and everything may seem like a blur (so many firms, so many websites, so many questions). You ask yourself: Who can you trust to tell you the truth? Are you in the hands of family law attorneys that truly care more about you than your pocketbook? What if you choose the wrong attorney? You are not alone in the process.
Read what some of our clients have to say about us. Who better than real people who have gone through similar situations to describe to you their experience with our firm? They wanted the right fit. They wanted experienced attorneys. They wanted aggressive representation without breaking the bank. They wanted an attorney and a firm invested in the outcome of their case and their cause. They got it when they chose our firm. They got results.
What Some Of Our Clients Have to Say About Razai & Nefulda
"After a year of working with another divorce law firm whose primary goal was to bill me until there was no money left, I dumped my attorney and hired Shakeb Razai. Shakeb was a godsend. He did not bill me for the first meeting, and once hired, he was as honest and fair as one would expect but rarely gets in today’s legal world. He did such a great job protecting me and my kids that I have referred over 10 clients to him. Here are the exact words from one of my clients after I referred her to Shakeb, 'Shakeb did for me in 4 days what my previous attorney was still working on for four years.' Thank you Shakeb for being so honest and fair. I will keep referring any clients that need your services to you!"
"I’ve trusted Shakeb Razai with not one, but two of my family law matters and each time I can say that the results were great! Shakeb is very knowledgeable, strategic, and gets the job done as quickly as possible. I can’t recommend his firm and his services enough to anyone who may need the services of a skilled family law and divorce attorney. You won’t be disappointed."
"Divorce is never easy. It certainly isn’t easy when you’re trying to find an attorney who will represent who you are. I was looking for someone fair, but tough. Mr. Razai and his staff were more than I expected. He handled everything himself, and was determined to do what was best for my kids and me. He was quick to let me know when my request was not to my benefit; especially if it wasn’t cost effective. I ended up with a slightly high conflict case, dealing with a difficult personality on the other side, and was even more satisfied with how Mr. Razai and his office handled these specific areas of my case. I will forever be grateful that they were on my side during this trying time."
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