Manhattan Beach Divorce Lawyers
Divorce is a confusing and overwhelming process for many couples. The emotionally charged experience can be challenging, but with the assistance of an experienced and compassionate legal professional, you and your family will be able to work through this difficult time. Manhattan Beach divorce lawyer, Baden V. Mansfield, has devoted his career to representing individuals in these matters, helping them to protect their rights and interests as they close a chapter of their lives.
If you or someone you love is preparing for a divorce, it is important that you retain the services of an attorney that has the knowledge and experience necessary to correctly represent the needs of a family. At the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield, we can help you and your loved ones retain your financial stability and come to agreements about difficult divorce topics. For information about our services or to discuss your case with a member of our qualified legal team, contact us today at (310) 546-5858.
There are many issues that must be sorted through during a divorce in order to ensure that the couple’s assets, finances, and custody arrangements are completed in a manner that is equitable in light of the circumstances. Each family’s situation can dictate the ways that these concerns are addressed, and the attorneys at the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield have experience with all kinds of separations.
The particular kind of divorce proceeding that you will be advised to seek will depend upon the nature of your situation, and may be one of the following:
- Contested Divorce
- Uncontested Divorce
- Mediated Divorce
- Collaborative Divorce
- Simplified Divorce
- LGBT Divorce
- Military Divorce
Each type of divorce has its own challenges, and by enlisting a trusted legal professional, you may be able to efficiently work through your divorce.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If this is your first divorce, you may be overwhelmed with the many details, aspects, and options before you. To help, we have provided the answers to some questions we often hear at our firm below.
How Long Does a Divorce Take?
Each case is different, and the complications of a divorce often mirror the complications within that same relationship. If you are going through a divorce, your dynamic with your spouse and your ability to come to agreements will play a large role in how speedy the divorce process is. If you and your spouse are both headstrong and have difficulty compromising, then you can expect the legal process of separating and divorcing to take longer. The divorce process can take a bit longer for couples whose lives are especially intertwined because of finances, children, multiple properties, debts, and other factors. This is normal.
What is the Difference Between a Collaborative Divorce and a Mediated Divorce?
In a collaborative divorce, both you and your spouse have an attorney to represent both of your interests. Each of your lawyers will discuss and weigh your interests throughout the process. In a mediated divorce, you and your spouse work with a mediator together. Rather than each of you having your own interests represented, the mediator is meant to be an impartial arbiter. If you are interested in learning which route is better for you and your spouse, contact a skilled family lawyer to discuss your situation.
Is a Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?
Depending on the nature of your relationship with spouse, a collaborative divorce could be a good choice. If you and your spouse have mutually decided on a divorce and you are both committed to expediting the process civilly, a collaborative divorce allows you to avoid going to court. This means settling legal matters solely through your lawyers. Each of your lawyers will still represent your interests, but rather than have a judge decide terms, the lawyers will make the decisions. An experienced family lawyer can help you decide the best course of action for your particular situation.
How Does the Court Decide on Child Custody During a Divorce?
If a divorcing couple has children and both parents are fit to care for their children, then it is best if they can have a civil discussion and come to an agreement amongst themselves. However, if they are unable to have such a conversation, then a judge will oversee the matter and ultimately help decide what arrangement will best serve the needs of the children. The judge will consider factors such as the parents’ financial situations, living arrangements, history of drug abuse, domestic violence, or criminal behavior, and, in particular cases, the desires of the children. If a parent is unfit, then the decision becomes considerably easier for the court, which will favor the parent capable of caring for the children. Otherwise, the judge will choose between joint custody and sole custody.
It is important to address divorce-related concerns in an efficient, responsible manner in order to minimize the stress on the family. At the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield, we are prepared to help you through your divorce. Contact our Manhattan Beach divorce attorneys at (310) 546-5858 to begin moving forward.