Divorce / Legal Separation
We know that going though a SEPARATION or DIVORCE is an emotionally difficult and sometimes exhausting process. If you are considering a divorce and need legal advice, rest assured that your questions will be addressed with concern and confidentiality by Jeffrey W. Peterson. If there is a possibility of reconciliation, we will help get you back together with your spouse. If reconciliation is not an option, we can guide you through the process of reorganizing the legal, financial, and social relationships between you and your partner. We recognize there is a need to be sensitive and be able to adapt to changing circumstances and conditions in these kinds of cases. We are happy to help you, whether through the use of mediation of litigation.
Is MEDIATION a possibility?
Mediation occurs when the two parties involved in a divorce or legal separation get along. It is a voluntary process where both parties retain a single firm to assist the process. It can help resolve the case quickly, protect privacy, and save money. Jeffrey W. Peterson can work with you and your former partner to seek the best outcome for both of you.
Do you need a LITIGATION ATTORNEY?
Litigation is the best course of action when there are disputes over assets and obligations or any bitterness between the two parties. We will fully explore all settlement options. Just because both parties have had to hire their own attorney, it doesn’t necessarily follow that there must be a great amount of turmoil. We will work with opposing counsel to solve issues and avoid court proceedings as much as possible. Jeffrey W. Peterson understands this can be a very overwhelming situation and he is available to make your case go as smoothly as possible.
Is LEGAL SEPARATION a better alternative?
A legal separation is not just a “time out” between you and your partner; it involves filing a lawsuit where you ask the court to decide on all issues related to your marriage.
Divorce and legal separations are very similar in nature, except that a separation does not entirely dissolve the union. If you eventually decide to divorce during the legal separation, you can file additional paperwork to put a formal end to your marriage. If there is any possibility of reconciliation, a legal separation is NOT your best option. You are better advised to consider counseling or mediation services.
Experienced advice in your time of need.
Jeffrey W. Peterson can assist with every aspect of your separation or divorce: from handling financial issues such as property division and alimony, to helping with child custody and visitation arrangements, and much more. You can trust us to provide knowledgeable and confidential legal advice and aggressive, results-driven representation. Call us at 559-530-3144 to learn more.
Alimony / Spousal Support
The income levels between two partners in a marriage are not always equal. Perhaps one spouse stayed at home and raised children or was unemployed for a period of time. During a divorce or legal separation, it can be difficult to adjust to a sudden income reduction. TEMPORARY or PERMANENT ALIMONY might be available to help ease this transition for you.
What is ALIMONY and how is it determined?
Alimony is sometimes referred to as "spousal support" or "spousal maintenance". It is calculated by looking at a variety of factors including the length of the marriage, the current income of both spouses, and the earning potential of both spouses. California offers both temporary and permanent alimony options. Temporary alimony is generally awarded before a divorce is finalized. Permanent alimony is usually dealt with at the time of a divorce. Modifications can occur in special circumstances, such as after a remarriage or job loss.
Jeffrey W. Peterson can help with temporary and permanent alimony cases, as well as with modifications and enforcement actions.
Child Custody / Visitation
If you have a child and your relationship with the other parent fails, your relationship with that child can be severely affected. Our office can help protect you and your child by navigating the legal process of protecting your constitutional rights.
Need a Restraining Order?
Restraining orders are really a mixture of family, criminal, and civil law. Jeffrey W. Peterson practices in all of these areas and can help guide your restraining order case with her thorough knowledge of all legal matters. She can assist you with your temporary or permanent restraining order needs. Jeffrey W. Peterson aggressively pursues court orders on behalf of domestic violence victims and civil harassment sufferers. She can also defend against any temporary restraining orders that have been sought for frivolous or unlawful reasons.
Numerous complicated forms must be properly filled out and filed in Court in order acquire a restraining order in the state of California. Jeffrey W. Peterson is devoted to guiding you through this process, and making your restraining order case as simple and efficient as possible.
Type of Restraining Orders
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders help protect families and individuals who are dealing with domestic abuse.
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders protect victims of violence and individuals who have been threatened with violence.
Abuse does not have to be solely physical; financial, emotional, and sexual abuse are all grounds for restraining orders as well.
Elder Abuse Restraining Orders are issued to protect an abused or threatened person over the age of 65.
The adoption process can be a difficult and lengthy proceeding, particularly if the non-custodial biological parent opposes the adoption, either through their absence or by explicit refusal to cooperate. Our office can help track down biological parents with no known contact information, and will fight on your behalf against non-cooperative biological parents.
Guardianship is a legal process used to protect someone who is unable to care for themselves due to infancy, incapacity or disability. If you're caring for a child who is not your biological child, our office can help you protect that child. If you're caring for an adult who is incapacitated or disabled, our office can help you protect that person.
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