Family Law Overview
Deccan Law regularly works with divorcing or separating couples primarily throughout the Long Beach and Artesia regions. Over the years, I have demonstrated the ability to effectively and efficiently guide my clients through the various legal processes they are faced with, from complex divorces to urgent immigration matters.
Marital dissolution is the standard divorce process used in California. During the process, both spouses are asked to disclose information about their financial situations and attempt to reach an agreement with regard to property division, debt division, child custody and other issues. If the spouses are unable to reach an agreement on their own with regard to one or more of these issues, the court will intervene.
Deccan Law has extensive experience with marital dissolution, including cases that involve significant assets, international properties, and other complexities, as well as cases involving prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Summary dissolution is an abbreviated divorce process that can be used in specific circumstances. This process is typically quicker and less expensive than the standard divorce process. Summary dissolution is available to couples that have been married for no more than five years, own no real property and have no minor children together. Other limitations also apply. Thus, if you are interested in this type of dissolution, it’s best to consult an attorney in order to determine whether you qualify, and to get help with the process.
Custody and Support
Child Custody and Visitation
Whether you are involved in divorce proceedings or you simply have a child with someone who resides in a different home, you may choose to seek custody or visitation rights. The State of California aims to ensure that children see both of their parents on a regular basis, provided that both parents can provide a safe and stable environment. If a parent’s home environment has been deemed unstable, supervised visits may be recommended.
Deccan Law has years of experience fighting for the rights of parents in California. I can help you pursue full custody of your child, petition the court for visitation rights, and take other actions to ensure the safety and well-being of your son or daughter.
In some divorce cases, one spouse may be required to pay Spousal Support (also sometimes referred to as Alimony) to the other. Deccan Law can help you work toward a fair spousal support arrangement, whether you are seeking support, or you are trying to make sure you only have to pay a fair amount.
Custody and Support Modifications
Over time, the circumstances that led to your original child custody, child support, or spousal support arrangements may change. For example, you may lose your job, get a new job, or move to a new home. Any of these changes can necessitate a modification of existing custody or support orders. If you believe that one or more of these orders should be changed, I can help you take the proper legal action, whether you want to reduce how much you pay, or you need additional support to cover needs that didn’t exist when you got the original order.
Prenuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements
California is a community property state, which means that all marital property is considered to be owned by both spouses equally. However, a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement can modify this rule. If you are planning to get married, or if you are already married and you think such a modification is necessary, Deccan Law can help you draft an appropriate contract. It pays to hire the right lawyer now rather than risk a loss in the future.
What You'll Get From Me
I've limited the focus of my practice to Family Law and Immigration Law. I’ve have dealt with a variety of divorce situations, including International Divorce, High Asset Divorce, and simple Uncontested Divorce.
This narrow focus allows me to gain significant knowledge, insight and experience so I can excel in every case.
You'll never be left wondering what's going on. I communicate with my clients.